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    • By RMowatt
      I am experiencing numerous VISA Lock Errors (-1073807345) on resources I haven't explicitly locked.  This is happening on TCPIP connections to keysight N6700 power supplies and keysight N5242 PNA fairly regularly.
      I have simultaneous loops in the application communicating to the different instruments, using a sequencer of sorts to pipe commands one at a time to each of my various loops.
      Has anyone seen the locking error pop before while not actually using the Lock and Unlock VIs?  This issue has gotten worse lately and it has come time to find the root cause.  My only thoughts are that it may have something to do with having NI MAX and Keysight Connection Expert both installed and possibly trying to "ping" these devices.  Every once in a while me sending commands and these "pings" may clash and cause the locking error.
      Error reads as follows:
      "Specified type of lock cannot be obtained, or specified operation cannot be performed, because the resource is locked. VISA error code -1073807345 (0xBFFF000F)"
      We are using LabVIEW 2013
      Thanks in advance!
    • By Benoit
      Hey guys,
      Can you take a look at this?
      The only work around I found is to dynamically open the connection with an external VI to make it fail so the second time it works.
      If anyone has an instrument that communicate trough TCP-IP with VI, please try on your side with LabVIEW 2018 and visa 18.
      https://forums.ni.com/t5/LabVIEW/VISA-error-with-TCP-IP-BK-precision-2190E/m-p/3876316
      Thanks
    • By szewczak
      I wanted to cross post metux's discovery here asap, and have a separate discussion.
      Metux's original post:
      The recent Linux driver package introduces a CRITICAL security vulnerability:
       
      http://www.ni.com/download/ni-linux-device-drivers-2018/7664/en/
       
      It adds additional yum/zypper repos, but explicitly disabling package signing and using unencrypted HTTP transport. That way, it's pretty trivial to completely takeover the affected systems, by injecting malicious packages.
       
       
      DO NOT INSTALL THIS BROKEN SOFTWARE - IT IS DANGEROUS !
       
      CERT and BSI are already notified.
       
       
       
       
       
    • By PJM_labview
      Hi
      We have an application where we need to have a custom PCIe board transfer data to the PC using DMA.
      We are able to get this to work using NI-VISA Driver Wizard for PXI/PCI board.
      The recommended approach is to have VISA allocate memory on the host (PC) and have the PCIe board write to it (as seen below).

      While this approach works well, the memory allocated by VISA for this task is quite limited (~ around 1-2MB) and we would like to expand this to tens of MB.
      Note: The documentation (and help available on the web) regarding these advanced VISA function (for instance "VISA Move out 32" and "VISA Move In 32") is parse. If someone has some deep knowledge regarding theses, please feel free to share how we could allocate more memory.
      Since we are not able to allocate more memory using the VISA function at this time, we investigate doing the same operation using the LabVIEW Memory Manager Functions which allow us to allocate much larger memory block.
      Below is the resulting code.

      Unfortunately while we can validate that reading and writing to memory using this work well outside the context of DMA transfer, doing a DMA transfer do NOT work (although the board think it did and the computer is not crashing).
      We are wondering why this is not working and would welcome any feedback.
      Note: the DMA transfer implemented on the board requires contiguous memory for it to be successful. I believe that the LabVIEW Memory Manager Functions do allocate continuous memory, but correct me if I am wrong.
      To troubleshoot this, I did allocate memory using the LabVIEW memory manager function and try to read it back using VISA and I got a "wrong offset" error (Note: This test may not be significant)
      Another data point; while the documentation for DSNewPtr do not talk about DMA transfer, the one for DSNewAlignedHandle does. Experiment using LV memory manager Handles has not got us anywhere either.
      We would welcome any feedback regarding either approach and about the LabVIEW Memory Manager Functions capabilities in that use case.
      Thanks in advance.
      PJM
      Note: We are using LabVIEW 2014 if that matter at all.
       
    • By Benoit
      This VI list all VISA session opened and allow you to close all of them.
       
       
      Some times when the GPIB stuck and the VI wont stop..... This VI is a better solution than reboot.
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