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Why Is My PCI Device Showing Up as a PCI Simple Communications Controller?

Hardware: GPIB, Counter/Timers (TIO), Digital I/O (DIO), GPIB, Multifunction DAQ (MIO), Serial, Industrial Communications, Modular Instruments

The Found New Hardware Wizard cannot find the driver for the PCI Simple Communications Controller. What is the PCI Simple Communications Controller and where is the driver?

PCI stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect and is an industry standard bus for attaching peripheral devices to a computer. The PCI Simple Communications Controller is a generic label that Windows gives to PCI boards installed in a PC when the drivers for the device are not installed.

You are most likely receiving this error because you have not installed the driver for your PCI device. Complete the following steps to determine which device's drivers you will need to install:
  1. Right-click on the entry in Device Manager and select Properties.
  2. In the Details tab, there should be an entry such as PCI\VEN_1093&DEV_70B8&… This indicates the Vendor (VEN) and Device ID (DEV) of your PCI device. In the above example, the VEN would be 1093 and DEV would be 70B8
  3. Look up your device online at sites such as The above VEN and DEV values give the following result:

If the device is a National Instruments product, you should be able to download the appropriate driver from our Drivers page. To determine which versions of NI Software you have installed currently, you can look in the Software section of Measurement & Automation Explorer.

If the device is from another vendor, you should contact that vendor if you require assistance in finding and installing the appropriate driver.

Related Links:
Drivers and Updates - National Instruments
External Link: PCI Vendor and Device Lists


Report Date: 01/10/2007
Last Updated: 05/02/2014
Document ID: 459I8AYW

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