My Instrument Cannot Communicate with LabVIEW

Updated Sep 21, 2018

Reported In


  • LabVIEW



Issue Details

Whenever I try to send commands to my instrument via NI VISA in LabVIEW, nothing happens.  There is no hardware or software response to my commands in NI VISA functions.  When I test my device in NI MAX with a VISA test panel it works fine.  However, my code does not work in LabVIEW. How can I fix this?


It is possible that we are sending the wrong commands to our instrument in LabVIEW.  To fix this:
  • Check the string control that sends the commands to the NI VISA functions.  Right-click on the string control and make sure the display mode is set to '/' Codes Display.

Additional Information

​NI-VISA functions in LabVIEW take commands through string controlers defined in LabVIEW.  Everytime you use a string controller, remember that there are several ways to display or interpret a string in a programming language.  LabVIEW is not the exception.  In Normal Display mode you could be sending commands with extra characters (like carriage returns, new lines) that are not visible.


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