Error -8 Occurred at Find RT Targets by PID.VI When Connecting myRIO

Updated Mar 5, 2019

Reported In


  • myRIO Student Embedded Device
  • myRIO-1900

Issue Details

I am receiving the following unrecoverable error message when I run the Getting Started with myRIO Wizard:

Error -8 occurred at Find RT Targets By".

How do I resolve this?


  1. Go the the Required Software for NI myRIO page and make sure that the following required software is installed. Please make sure that you select the newest version of the software to install. Install in the order listed below from top to bottom.
    1. LabVIEW
    2. LabVIEW Real-Time Module
    3. LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit.
  2. Install any of the optional software that you need from that page that you may need for your application.
  3. Re-run the Getting Started with myRIO Wizard and see if you are able to connect.
  4. If you are still experiencing errors, please download the newest version of NI-CompactRIO driver and install that on your system. If you are installing over the same version of NI-CompactRIO, you may need to uninstall the old driver first.
  5. Open NI MAX, and find the myRIO under Remote Systems.
  6. Right-click the device and select 'Format Disk'
  7. If you are still experiencing errors at this point, please contact NI Technical Support.

Additional Information

Make sure that all software (LabVIEW, LabVIEW Real-Time Module, and myRIO Toolkit) is installed on the C: Drive of your computer. It will automatically install to C:\National Instruments Downloads. If it is installed on another drive, uninstall it on that drive and install on your C: Drive.


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