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

Updated Dec 17, 2023

Reported In


  • Measurement and Automation Explorer (MAX)


  • 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?


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
  2. 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.