Error -1073807195 When Using NI-VISA with a GPIB Instrument

Updated Jan 15, 2019

Reported In

Software

  • Measurement and Automation Explorer (MAX)

Driver

  • NI-VISA
  • NI-488.2

Issue Details

When I use NI-VISA on the my GPIB instrument I get the following error: 

Error -1073807195 VISA:  (Hex 0xBFFF00A5) The interface type is valid, but the specified interface number is not configured.

What can I do to resolve this issue, so I can use the NI-VISA driver to communicate with my GPIB instrument?

Solution

This issue is resolved by ensuring that the NI-VISA Passport for GPIB is checked in the VISA Passport Options. To do this follow these steps:
  1. Open MAX and select Tools»NI-VISA»VISA Options
  1. In the VISA Options tab, select Passports under General Settings. Then ensure that the NiVi488.dll - NI-VISA Passport for GPIB is checked.
If it is already checked, ensure that your VI's and drivers are correctly organized on your computer. 

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