Error -1073807195 When Using VISA Test Panel with GPIB Instrument

Updated Dec 29, 2017

Reported In


  • Measurement and Automation Explorer (MAX)


  • NI-488.2

Issue Details

I am using a GPIB instrument and am testing communication in Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX). When I scan for instruments, I am able to see the GPIB instrument and if I use the NI-488.2 Communicator, I can talk with the instrument without any problems. However, when I use a VISA Test Panel on the same 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
  1. In the VISA Options tab, select Passports under General Settings. Then ensure that the NiVi488.dll - NI-VISA Passport for GPIB is checked.

This should resolve the problem and allow for communication through VISA Test Panels.


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