Can't Find Driver for Keithley Instrument to Use with LabVIEW

Updated Jul 17, 2018

Reported In

Hardware

  • GPIB Cable
  • GPIB-USB

Software

  • LabVIEW Base
  • LabVIEW Professional
  • LabVIEW Full
  • LabVIEW
  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Driver

  • NI-VISA
  • GPIB Software
  • NI-488.2

Other

  • Keithley 2602A Source Meter

Issue Details

I have a Keithley instrument that I am interfacing with via GPIB. I searched the Instrument Driver Network for my device, but was unable to find it. How can I communicate with my device?

Solution

The drivers that we have available on our Instrument Driver Network are palettes that are helpful for interfacing with specific devices, but interfacing can also be done with our NI-VISA and NI-488.2 driver. First, make sure that your NI-488.2 driver and NI-VISA driver are compatible with your operating system. If you do not have NI-VISA or NI-488.2 installed, download the NI-VISA driver and NI-488.2 driver that are compatible with your operating system.


If you have both of these downloaded and your versions are compatible, you should be able to use our GPIB examples.

To find these:

  1. Open a LabVIEW VI
  2. Go to Help >> Find Examples
  3. Under the Browse tab, go to Hardware Input and Output >> GPIB
There you will find an example for interfacing with the 488.2 palette (Simple GPIB VI) and the VISA palette (GPIB with VISA functions VI)

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