Status Code -201295 in NI MAX When Attempting a Self-Calibration

Updated Apr 29, 2021

Reported In


  • Multifunction I/O Device


  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)


  • NI-DAQmx

Issue Details

The PXI(e) card in my chassis will not perform a Self-Calibration in NI MAX. I'm getting the following error message:

Status Code: -201295 

Device could not complete the calibration operation. 

Calibration could fail for the following reasons: 

1. The actual reference signal applied for calibration was different from the value you specified. 
Ensure that the reference signal applied is the same as the values that were input. 

2. The reference signal was not stable over the period of time that the hardware was being calibrated. 
Ensure that the reference signal specified is free of noise and does not drift over the duration 
of the calibration. 

3. The device is not functioning properly. 



There are a few things that could be the issue when this message appears:
  1. First, ensure that your DAQmx driver is properly installed by trying to perform simple input or output tests with another device.
  2. Second, if the driver is working, try the card in a different slot in your chassis. Make sure that no external cables are connected to the card during the self-calibration.
  3. Third, if you have Windows 7 or earlier, download the DAQ Diagnostic Utility and perform a test on your device. Ensure everything has passed.
  4. Finally, reset the MAX Configuration Database and reset the device. Once the computer reboots, try the calibration again.
If none of this works, call or email NI support, and they can provide additional troubleshooting steps or setup an RMA process for the device.