Calibration Executive Errors When Performing PXIe-6556 Procedure with DSA8300 Standard

Updated Dec 14, 2018

Reported In


  • PXIe-6556


  • Calibration Executive

Issue Details

I'm performing the PXIe-6556 Switch Fixture Characterization in Calibration Executive 4.2 using the DSA8300, but I'm getting an error that states that the VI is not executable as shown in Figure 1.  How do I fix this?

Figure 1. Error when running PXIe-6556 Switch Fixture Characterization in Calibration Executive 


This error is a result of the Tektronix tkdsa83xx LabVIEW Driver not being installed correctly.  This driver is not included in Calibration Executive 4.2 and will have to be downloaded from Tektronix.  To install the driver properly perform the following steps:
1. Run the firmware executable to install the DSA8300 Oscilloscope Firmware for Windows 7 - V6.5.1.1.
2. Once the firmware is installed, a window should pop-up that resembles Figure 2.

Figure 2. Tektronix DSA8300 Oscilloscope Driver Installer.
3. Select Browse CD-ROM​.  This will show the CD folder in Windows Explorer.
4. Click on the VxiPnP folder and then run the PnPDriverInstaller.exe (as an administrator).  This will install the Tkdsa83 driver.
5. Restart the computer and try running the PXIe-6556 Switch Fixture Characterization procedure to verify that the install was successful.

Additional Information

The DSA8300 wasn't natively supported in Calibration Executive until version 4.2.


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