How Can I Test My PC for Compatibility with LabVIEW Real-Time or LabWindows/CVI Real-Time for Desktop ETS?
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I have a desktop or single-board computer (SBC) for use as a LabVIEW Real-Time or LabWindows/CVI Real-Time target. How can I validate compatibility of my system for use as a real-time target?
National Instruments provides a utility that can be run on a desktop PC to verify compatibility with LabVIEW Real-Time. The utility checks the hardware to see if the components, such as network adapters and processors, are present that are required for a real-time desktop PC. The list of compatible components are documented in White Paper: Requirements for a Desktop PC as a Real-Time Target.
The utility installs onto a USB drive and formats it as a boot device. Note: You will lose all data on the USB drive. There are two ways you can obtain this utility.
Before testing the compatibility of your system, you must format your real-time PC to FAT32 or Reliance. The evaluator utility can be used to format your disk properly. Upon boot up the screen will display a list of options. In order to format your drive, choose the option Format hard disk.
When the hard disk is successfully formatted, reboot the target PC and boot from the USB Utility once again. From the list of options, select Evaluate system.
The utility will then begin testing your system. If you pass the test successfully, then you should see a similar result as shown in Figure 1. If the PC cannot be converted to a real-time system, you will see an incompatibility result. An example is shown in Figure 2.
The most common incompatibility is the ethernet chipset. For convenient set-up, the Products and Services: NI LabVIEW Real-Time Deployment License for Desktop PCs may be purchased which combines the LabVIEW Real-Time deployment license with a PCI Ethernet board that meets the LabVIEW Real-Time hardware requirements.
Other possible Errors:
If hardware prevents you to use a USB device, you can use the PC evaluator on a floppy disk. You will need to have a floppy drive on the development PC and the intended target PC. The following steps are to boot from a floppy disk using the utility.
Related Links: Drivers and Updates: LabVIEW 2016 Real-Time Desktop PC Evaluator
Drivers and Updates: LabVIEW 2015 Real-Time Desktop PC Evaluator
Drivers and Updates: LabVIEW 2014 Real-Time Desktop PC Evaluator
White Paper: Converting a Desktop PC to a LabVIEW Real-Time Target
KnowledgeBase 39NDI8PK: Requirements for a Desktop PC as a Real-Time Target
KnowledgeBase 4QCAQT09: PHARBOOTSYS Errors when Booting Real-Time PC from USB Key
Report Date: 05/15/2008
Last Updated: 09/22/2016
Document ID: 4LEHIQ4N