Press the Delete key on your keyboard during the start up screen to enter the BIOS. The BIOS version will appear on the top of the screen in the main tab.
Note: Historically, two version numbers will appear: the first one is the Manufacturer's BIOS Version, and the second one is the NI BIOS version. The one that matters to you is the NI BIOS version, which is the one that gets upgraded.
For example, for the NI 8180 family of controllers (PXI-8186, PXI-8187), the NI 8171 family of controllers (PXI-8176, PXI-8175, PXI-8174, PXI-8185, PXI-8184) and the NI VXIpc-870B family of controllers (VXIpc-871B, VXIpc-872B), the BIOS version numbers that appear are:
Note: NI does not recommend that you update your BIOS version unless you require functionality that a new BIOS provides. If you have questions, please contact NI support.
Depending upon the period of time that the controller was released, there are two different ways in which the BIOS is updated. Follow the set of directions applicable to your controller as it is listed in the tables below:
Insert the USB Drive into your controller Boot into your controller's BIOS by pressing Delete and ensure that the BIOS settings are configured correctly:
Ensure that your controller has Legacy USB support Enabled. This allows you to boot from a USB device. This setting is found in the BIOS under Advanced»Integrated Peripherals»Legacy USB Support.
If there is a LV RT tab in the BIOS, ensure that in this tab the Boot Configuration is set to Windows/Other OS. This will ensure that the USB drive will show up as a boot option.
If you are using a PXI-8108, PXIe-8108, PXI-8101, PXIe-8101, PXI-8102, PXIe-8102 or PXI-8110, ensure that you have setup these additional settings:
→ Navigate to Advanced»SATA Configuration»SATA Mode Selection and select IDE → Navigate to Advanced»USB Configuration»Mass Storage Devices and select Auto → Navigate to Boot»Hard Drive BBS Priorities and move USB to the top of the list (Boot Option #1) → Navigate to Boot»Boot Option #1 and make sure USB is at the top of the list
Note: Do not interrupt the BIOS flashing process. Doing so can corrupt your BIOS and require an RMA.
Download the BIOS for your controller.
Ensure that your controller has Legacy USB support enabled. This allows you to boot from a USB device. This setting is found in the BIOS under Advanced»Integrated Peripherals»Legacy USB Support.
If there is a LV RT tab in the BIOS, ensure that in this tab the Boot Configuration is set to Windows/Other OS. This will ensure that the USB drive will show up as a boot option. Ensure that your USB device is first in the list of bootable devices and reboot again
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