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ltfc1

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Agilent HP 8565E Remote Control Problem
Posted: Feb 13, 2012 7:56 AM
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Using an Agilent HP 82357B connected to a Agilent HP 8565E Analyzer which is connected to my PC. When I installed the software for HP-IB to USB converter, the computer can't view the analyzer. I sent *IDN command, but when I read the response for this command, it has an error: "Visa ErrorCode: 0xBFFF0015 (-1073807339)"

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Mike M

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Re: Agilent HP 8565E Remote Control Problem
Posted: Feb 13, 2012 9:20 AM   in response to: ltfc1 in response to: ltfc1
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When you say that you installed the software I am assuming that you mean the Agilent Connection Expert software. Then when you connect the 82357B USB-GPIB interface it is recognized by the connection expert.

The one thing that you need to keep in mind is that the 8565E instrument is too old to understand a command set that includes any of the "*" commands such as *IDN?. You need to use the ID? query to identify the instrument. By defaut the connection expert will use the *IDN? query to identify it, so you need to tell it not to auto identify this instrument. You can do this with the "Change Properties" selection for this instrument in the connection expert. After that you should be able to use the "Interactive IO" feature to do basic instrument communication. Be sure to look at the instrument User's Guide for the available remote commands.
ltfc1

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Re: Agilent HP 8565E Remote Control Problem
Posted: Feb 13, 2012 9:42 AM   in response to: ltfc1 in response to: ltfc1
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Thanks Mike, will give it a spin.
ltfc1

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Re: Agilent HP 8565E Remote Control Problem
Posted: Feb 15, 2012 11:45 AM   in response to: ltfc1 in response to: ltfc1
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I don't have a command named ID?, there is only *IDN supported by this software, and when I choose to manually select the instrument, there isn't my analyser on the list. When I send *IDN signal by this software (from the computer), it arrives at the analyser, but when I read the response for this command, it has an error named "Visa ErrorCode: 0xBFFF0015 (-1073807339)". My printer is a HP LaserJet 1100 series, and the HP-IB to USB converter is an Agilent Tehnologies 82357B.

Any suggestions on how I can print the screen on my printer? This analyser has drivers for this printer, it's listed in the user's manual that supports HP LaserJet printers 1100 series.

Also I need a memory card for this analyser. I need to save about 30 pictures on this card. Can you suggest what kind of memory card I need to buy, and what would be the capacity of the memory card.

Thanks
Mike M

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Re: Agilent HP 8565E Remote Control Problem
Posted: Feb 15, 2012 1:17 PM   in response to: ltfc1 in response to: ltfc1
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What software are you trying to use? The Interactive IO in the Aglient Connection Expert allows you to type anything you want into it as a command. You will never get a response from this instrument with the *IDN? query.

When you print from the front panel of the instrument it must be the only controller on the GPIB bus, you cannot have the computer connected as well.

The memory cards that these instruments used were pretty specialized, and the manufacturers no longer make them. A 32k RAM card (85700A) was supplied with each new instrument that had the mass memory module sold with it. You may be able to find some used ones on the market somewhere.
Rocky

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Re: Agilent HP 8565E Remote Control Problem
Posted: Jun 25, 2013 11:26 PM   in response to: Mike M in response to: Mike M
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Hi,

I am also observing a same behavior (throw a beep with an error in display) on 34401A multimeter after sending below command in Agilent Interactive IO.

Command tried
MEASure:VOLTage:DC? AUTO,DEF
MEASure:VOLTage:DC? DEF,DEF

After entering a above commands, I am getting a time out messages.

! VI_ERROR_TMO: A timeout occurred
Visa ErrorCode: 0xBFFF0015 (-1073807339)
I am using a GPIB interface to communicate with multimeter.

Can you please provide the correct command/s?

Thanks.
Mike M

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Re: Agilent HP 8565E Remote Control Problem
Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:20 AM   in response to: Rocky in response to: Rocky
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I don't have much experience with remote control of multimeters so I may not be able to help you too much with that. You would probably do better posting this question to the Multimeters section of this forum.

http://www.home.agilent.com/owc_discussions/category.jspa?categoryID=29

Looking at the commands you are using and the instrument manual it would appear that the optional parameters that you are sending might be the problem. I would recommend trying the following and see if this works first, then refere to the manual for optional parameters if successful:

MEAS:VOLT:DC?

Best regards,
Mike

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