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November 15, 2004
Introducing the Agilent IVI-COM Driver for AgilentN67xx
The instrument driver provides access to the functionality of
AgilentN67xx through a COM server which also complies with the IVI
specifications. This driver works in any development environment which
supports COM programming including Microsoft® Visual Basic, Microsoft
Visual C++, Microsoft .NET, Agilent VEE Pro, National Instruments LabView,
National Instruments LabWindows, and others.
N6731A - N6735A
N6742A - N6745A
N6731B - N6736B
N6741B - N6746B
System Requirements: The driver installation will check for the
following requirements. If not found, the installer will either
abort, warn, or install the required component as appropriate.
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows NT® 4.0 (SP6 or later)
Shared Components: 4,843 k
Driver: 0.97 MB (1,024,000 bytes)
The shared components are installed with the first driver
Before this driver can be installed, your computer must already
have several components already installed. The easiest way to
install these other components is by running the Ivi Shared
Components installation package available from the IVI Foundation
as noted below. It installs all the items mentioned below.
IVI Shared Components version 18.104.22.168 or later.
The driver installer requires these components. They must be
installed before the driver installer can install the driver.
The IVI Shared Components installer is available from:
To install, open or run the file: IviSharedComponents.msi
If the driver installer exhibits problems with installing the IVI
Shared Components, find the program IviSharedComponents.msi and
Run the program. It is able to install many of the required system
components, including Windows Installer 2.0.
Version 2.0 or later. The IVISharedComponents.exe program will
install version 2.0 of the Windows installer.
It is also available from:
Microsoft XML 4.0
The Configuration Server, an IVI Shared Component, uses Microsoft's
XML 4.0 parser. The IVI Shared Components will install the XML 4.0
parser. You can download the parser and its associated SDK from:
Enter "xml 4.0" as keywords.
Microsoft HTML Help Viewer (Win98, WinNT) Version 1.32 or later
The driver will install without the help viewer, but you will not
be able to use the help file for the driver. You can download the
help viewer from:
Enter "html help workshop" as keywords
MS Windows® Script
Typically, wscript.exe is installed as part of the operating system
or with Internet Explorer. If you see an error about wscript.exe,
you need to install the Windows Script.
Enter "windows script" as keywords. Use the one appropriate for
your Operating System.
Any compliant implementation is acceptable. Typically, VISA COM is
installed with VISA and other I/O library modules.
If you are using Agilent Technologies' VISA COM, use
version 22.214.171.124 or later. The latest version of Agilent's IO
Libraries includes the required version of VISA COM.
If you are using Agilent Technologies' IO libraries, use version
M.01.04 or later. You can download the latest version from:
If you are using National Instruments I/O libraries, use NI-VISA
version 3.0.1 or later and NI-488.2 version 2.2 or later.
Note: Driver may operate without any I/O software in simulation mode.
The .NET Framework itself is not required by this driver. If you
plan to use the driver with .NET, Service Pack 2 is required.
The .NET Framework requires an interop assembly for a COM
server. A Primary Interop Assembly, along with an XML file for
IntelliSense is installed with the driver. The driver's PIA, along
with IVI PIAs are installed, by default, in:
<drive>:\Program Files\IVI\Bin\Primary Interop Assemblies
The PIA is also installed into the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) if
you have the .NET framework installed.
If you install the .NET framework later, you can use the file:
to put the driver's PIA into the GAC and properly register it.
Start Menu Help File
A shortcut to the driver help file is added to the Start Menu,
Programs, IVI, AgilentN67xx group. It contains "Getting
Started" information on using the driver in a variety of programming
environments as well as documentation on IVI and instrument specific
methods and properties.
You will also see shortcuts to the Readme file and any programming
examples for this driver.
The installation package for the driver is distributed as an MSI 2.0
file. You can install the driver by double-clicking on the file.
This operation actually runs:
msiexec /i AgilentN67xx.msi
You can run msiexec from a command prompt and utilize its many
command line options. There are no public properties which can be
set from the command line. You can also install this driver from
another installation package.
This driver can be uninstalled like any other software from the
Control Panel using "Add or Remove Programs".
To uninstall the IVI Shared Components you must use the IVI Cleanup
Utility available from the IVI Foundation at:
Note: All IVI-COM drivers require the IVI Shared Components to
function. To completely remove IVI components from your computer,
uninstall all drivers then run the IVI Cleanup Utility. This utility
does not remove any IVI drivers.
Using a New Version of the Driver
New versions of this Agilent IVI-COM driver may have a new
If you use the version dependent ProgId in CoCreateInstance,
you will need to modify and recompile your code to use the
new ProgID once you upgrade to the next version of the driver.
Doing a side-by-side installation of the driver to use multiple
versions of the driver is not supported. If you need to go back
to an older version of the driver, you need to uninstall the later
version and install the older version.
If you use the version independent ProgId in CoCreateInstance,
you will not need to modify and recompile your code. The new
version of the driver has been tested to be backwards compatible
with previous versions.
To access the new functionality in a new version of the driver
you will need to use the latest numbered IAgilent<driver>[n]
interface rather than the IAgilent<driver> interface. The
IAgilent<driver>[n].<interface> property will return a pointer
to the new IAgilent<driver><interface>[n] interface. The
IAgilentN490x<interface>[n] interface contains the methods and
properties for the new functionality. The new interfaces were
introduced rather than modifying the existing interfaces for
backwards compatibility. The interfaces that were previously
shipped have not been changed.
This driver does not have any known defects.
Version Date Notes
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126.96.36.199 15 Nov 2004 Updated installer, added VISA COM 3.0 PIA.
188.8.131.52 10 Aug 2004 Added functionality for the N6700B frame.
The tracing capability controlled by the systems interface
TraceEnabled property is not supported in this driver.
184.108.40.206 12 Feb 2004 Bug fix for the Statuses Interface preset method.
220.127.116.11 21 Jan 2004 The help file was updated, however, AgilentN67xx.dll remains
unchanged and is version 18.104.22.168
22.214.171.124 05 Dec 2003 Initial release
IVI Shared Component Revisions
(The following information is required by IVI 3.1 section 5.21.)
IVI-COM Ivi DC Power Instrument Driver
IVI Instrument Class: IVI-4.4_DCPwr_v2.0
Optional Features: This driver does not support Interchangeability
Checking, State Caching, or Coercion Recording.
(These three strings are values of properties in the IIviIdentity
Vendor: Agilent Technologies.
Description: Agilent Technologies
Component Identifier: AgilentN67xx.AgilentN67xx
(The component identifier can be used to create an instance of the COM
Hardware: This driver supports instruments manufactured by Agilent
Technologies. The supported model numbers are:
This driver supports communicating with the instrument
using either GPIB or LAN.
Software: See the section on installation in this document for
information on what other software is required by this driver.
Source for this driver is not available.
For more information about this driver and other instrument drivers
and software available from Agilent Technologies visit:
A list of contact information is available from:
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