Archived:GPIB-PCIe Not Recognized In Dell 7050 Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9

Updated May 15, 2019

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Reported In




  • NI-488.2

Operating System

  • Linux


Dell OptiPlex 7050

Issue Details

I have a Dell OptiPlex 7050 computer that is running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9. It has a NI GPIB-PCIe card in the bus, and I already installed the NI-488.2 driver. The NI-488.2 Troubleshooting Wizard finds the card, but never finishes the test:


My application isn't able to communicate with the bus, and the I/O Trace (former NI Spy) doesn't show any transmitted/received frames.


This document only applies to versions of NI software released prior to NI Linux Device Drivers. For new designs, NI recommends using NI Linux Device Drivers to take advantage of repository-based installation and more frequent updates to support.
  1. Upgrade to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3
  2. Install NI-488.2 17.0 driver
  3. Upgrade to PXI Platform Services 17.5
    Note: The Dell 7050 is not a PXI platform, but this upgrade is recommended as it fixes a component used by the 488.2 driver

Additional Information

The GPIB-PCIe card doesn't work with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 in the Dell OptiPlex 7050 computer.


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