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Contains latest information on the Keysight 81160A
- Preparing a USB flash drive for use with the 81160A
- On-Line Information
- Known Problems
The software package should contain the following
This software update package supports the Keysight
The software revision that is contained in this
package is 126.96.36.199.
188.8.131.52 - following issues are
Sine Flatness Correction is always enabled
Extended Mod In selftest
- Fix error messages after autocal
of new IC revision
problems with store/recall in pattern mode
problems with 3-level and 4-level pattern generation
intern cal algorithm
Web-Control: Removed limitation to SUN Java runtime.
SAD00455436 - Pulse losses when internally triggered.
- Browser Web-Control:
Digitally signed applet, because of stricter security handling
by new JAVA runtime versions.
Software Update Requirements
To install this software update on the Keysight
81160A, a USB memory key with at least 100MB of free space is required. The USB
memory key must be formatted using the FAT32 file system on a primary partition.
Do not use a USB key that contains an extended partition, since this will not
be recognized by the BIOS and the recovery mechanism that will continue a
broken update will not work USB keys that are formatted as super floppy are not
Refer to your computer's documentation on how to
check the type of partitioning and how to change the partition type of the USB
Software Update Procedure
the zip file to the root directory of the USB memory key. Do not
extract the contents of the zip file!
any USB memory devices from the Keysight 81160A.
the USB memory key that contains the software update to the Keysight
the Utility key, then the System softkey.
On the system screen, press the Configuration softkey
to enter the configuration screen.
Configuration screen does show the currently installed software version
and hardware configuration. Pressing the Software Update softkey will enter the software update screen.
software update screen displays a brief instruction on how to install the
software update. The Update softkey is only
enabled when a USB memory key that holds a valid update package is being
detected. Pressing the Update softkey
will start the software update application.
- The software
update application will scan the connected USB memory key for a valid
software update package and displays the software revision contained
in the package if one is found. It will then prompt whether to
install the update or not.
selecting No, the software update application is being closed again
and the normal instrument firmware will continue to run.
selecting Yes, the update will do the following:
new instrument firmware and a system recovery firmware to the USB memory key.
validity of the extracted images.
instrument's currently used firmware image.
instrument's flash memory with the extracted firmware image.
just written flash memory content against the firmware image file on the USB
Delete all the
extracted files from the USB memory key.
The USB memory must stay connected until the
instrument has finished the reboot and the updated instrument firmware is
If the update is getting interrupted during the
erase or write of the flash memory, the instrument will boot the system
recovery image from the USB memory key at the next power up. The system
recovery update is fully automatic. It is using the already extracted files
from the previous regular software update.
Preparing a USB Flash Drive for usage with the
81160A using Windows Vistaฎ
The following description is intended to help you prepare an USB flash drive if
it is not being detected by the 81160A, or if the recovery mechanism of the
software update was not able to bring up the instrument after an interrupted
You need to
have administrative rights on your computer to execute the following steps.
mentioned below will erase all data from the USB flash drive.
does not work on computers that have Windows XP installed on them, since the
required partition tool does not support USB flash drives on Windows XP.
on the Windows logo and type cmd.
- At the
command prompt type diskpart and press
enter (allow permissions and continue).
you are at the diskpart> prompt
type list disk and press enter.
the USB flash drive into the Windows Vista PC.
until Windows Vista has recognized the USB flash drive.
- At the
diskpart> prompt type list
disk and press enter. Check which drive has been added to the list,
usually disk 1 depending on how many disk drives are installed.
- Type select
disk # where # is the disk number of the USB flash drive.
Continue only if you are sure that the selected drive is the USB flash key
that you want to prepare. The following steps will erase all data from the
- Type clean
and press enter.
- Type create
partition primary and press enter. This creates the partition on the
- Type active
and press enter.
- Type exit
and press enter. This exits the disk partition utility.
the flash drive needs to be formatted. Click on the Windows logo and then
click on Computer.
the drive letter of the removable disk drive that needs to be formatted.
- In the
command prompt window type format ?:
/fs:fat32 /q where ? is the removable
drive letter that needs to be formatted. Press enter.
a volume label of your choice and press enter.
If you need to recover the 81160A from an interrupted software update, you need
to do the following in addition:
the software update zip file on the USB flash drives root directory.
the content of the software update zip file to the root directory of the
USB flash drive. Remember to maintain the folder structure in the zip file
when doing this.
the USB flash drive to the 81160A and switch the instrument on.
81160A will now boot the recovery image from the USB flash drive and
continue to update the instrument firmware.
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For latest Data Sheets, Product Notes, Application
Information and Support related information please refer to: http://www.keysight.com/find/81160A
For latest known bugs and workarounds please refer
to the information to be found in the Support Area: http://www.keysight.com/find/81160A