Archived:Creating a LabVIEW Real-Time Floppy Disk Utility for a Legacy PXI System

Updated Apr 8, 2019

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Reported In

Hardware

  • PXI Controller
  • USB Floppy Drive

Software

  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Issue Details

I need to recover/change the settings of a legacy PXI system with a floppy disk drive. How can I create a Real-Time Floppy Disk Utility when this is no longer an option in Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)?

Solution

You should only create a LabVIEW Real-Time floppy disk utility if your Real-Time controller does not have USB support. You can still create a USB utility in MAX, however the LabVIEW Real-Time floppy disk functionality has been removed from MAX. If you would like to create a LabVIEW Real-Time floppy disk utility for your Real-Time target download the attached file. 

There are nine floppy disk utilities that were previously available in earlier versions of MAX (available in the attached file) and each one of them are described below. These utilities work as expected on Windows XP PCs, however, on PCs running Windows Vista and 7, you will get disk access errors when running the utilities. To use these utilities with Windows Vista and 7, first run the utility without a floppy disk in the drive. You will get an error that there is no floppy available. Insert the disk at this time and retry the operation. It will now complete without errors.
 

 

Create PXI Format Hard Drive Disk Utility

The PXI Format Hard Drive Disk Utility will create a floppy disk that can be used to reformat the C: drive of a PXI controller, deleting all data on that system. It will then configure the hard disk to boot directly into the Real-Time OS. This allows you to boot without the boot floppy, once you have installed software on the system.
 

Create PXI Boot Disk Utility

The PXI Boot Disk Utility will create a floppy disk that can be used to boot your PXI controller into LabVIEW Real-Time. In this configuration you will need the boot floppy every time you want to run LabVIEW Real-Time on your PXI controller.
 

Create PXI Safe Mode Disk Utility

The PXI Safe Mode Disk Utility will create a floppy disk that can be used to boot your PXI controller into LabVIEW Real-Time safe mode. In this configuration you will not be able to run LabVIEW Real-Time as with the other PXI options.
 

Create Desktop PC Format Hard Drive Disk Utility

The Desktop PC Format Hard Drive Disk Utility will create a floppy disk that can be used to reformat the C: drive of a desktop PC, deleting all data on that system. It will then configure the hard disk to boot directly into the Real-Time OS. This allows you to boot without the boot floppy, once you have installed software on the system.
 

Create Desktop PC Boot Disk Utility

The Desktop PC Boot Disk Utility will create a floppy disk that can be used to boot your desktop PC into LabVIEW Real-Time. In this configuration you will need the boot floppy every time you want to run LabVIEW Real-Time on your desktop PC.
 

Create Desktop PC Safe Mode Disk Utility

The Desktop PC Safe Mode Disk Utility will create a floppy disk that can be used to boot your desktop PC into LabVIEW Real-Time safe mode. In this configuration you will not be able to run LabVIEW Real-Time as with the other desktop PC options.
 

Create Launch Settings Reset Disk Utility

The Launch Settings Reset Disk Utility will create a floppy disk that can be used to reset the settings of your Real-Time target. The disk will reset all associated settings that are configured for the target.
 

Create IP Reset Disk Utility

The IP Reset Disk Utility will create a floppy disk that can be used to reset the IP address of your Real-Time target. The disk will reset the IP address of the Real-Time target to 0.0.0.0.
 

Create Uninstall Disk Utility

The Uninstall Disk Utility will create a floppy disk that can be used to uninstall all software on the Real-Time target. The disk will set the system state to no software installed.

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