How to Fix LabVIEW Error 1073807202 When Running Sparkfun RedBoard Manual Blink Example

I’ve been working on my Sparkfun Inventor’s kit and have been running into all kind of problems in getting it set up.  My experience has deviated from the instructional videos they offer so I’ve had to solve a bunch of problems.  The latest is this error I get when I try running their Blink Example:

LabVIEW Error 1073807202
LabVIEW Error 1073807202

After typing in the Serial Port COM7 and clicking the green button, I get the error:

Error Text:

Error – 1073807202 occurred at VISA Close in LMH-LINX.lvlib:Device.lvlib:Close Device.vi->LMH-LINX.lvlib:Close.vi->LMH-LINX.lvlib:LINX – Blink (Simple).vi

I did some research and finally figured out that NI-VISA wasn’t installed at all on my computer.  You can check to see if it is installed by launching LabVIEW and then clicking on Tools > Measurement & Automation Explorer…

LabVIEW-Measurement & Automation Explorer
LabVIEW-Measurement & Automation Explorer

In the Measurement & Automation Explorer expand the Software section in the left column:

LabVIEW-Measurement & Automation Explorer
LabVIEW-Measurement & Automation Explorer

There is no NI-VISA installed!  I solved this problem and have the step-by-step solution for you too…

How to Fix LabVIEW Error 1073807202 When Running Sparkfun RedBoard Manual Blink Example

Hardware/Software:

I had followed all the instruction so I don’t know how that happened but here’s how to install it:

Step 1: Visit http://www.ni.com/downloads/drivers/

Step 2: Click on “NI VISA” in the Popular Drivers section or click here.

Click on “NI VISA” in the Popular Drivers Section

Step 3: Click on the driver for your operating system.

For me running Windows 7, it would be the driver circled below:

For Windows 7 Click on the appropriate NI-VISA driver

Step 4: Click on the full downloader link:

NI Downloader Link

You can save it to your hard drive or run it from the location (which just downloads it to a temporary location).

Step 5: Run the NI Downloader.

You will first get a “Open File – Security Warning.”  Go ahead and click the “Run” button.
Open File – Security Warning for NI Downloader — Click Run

Step 6: Pick a location to save the installation executable.

I just saved it on the desktop:
NI Downloader – Pick a location to save the installer file

Step 7: Run the file you just downloaded, NI-VISA 14.X.X.

It will then extract the files to your hard drive.  Click OK:
NI-VISA self-extracting archive dialog window–click OK

Step 8: Click the “Unzip” button to extract the installation files.

You can change the location if you want by clicking the “Browse…” button:
NI-VISA installation file extraction
You’ll get this window when it is done.  Click ok:
NI-VISA WinZip Self-Extracting Window--856 files unzipped successfully
NI-VISA WinZip Self-Extracting Window–856 files unzipped successfully
You’ll then get a “User Account Control” message.  Click “Yes.”

Click Yes to allow the installer to run

Step 9: Go through the NI-VISA Installation.

At the NI-VISA installation window click “Next >>”
Initial NI-VISA Installation Window–Click Next >>
You can modify the Destination Directory or just click Next >>.  I would suggest just clicking Next unless you are installing software to a different drive:
Click Next to begin the installation
If you want to adjust the Features to install change them in this window and then click “Next >>”
NI-VISA Features
You will then get the option to unselect the “Search for important messages…” option, then click “Next >>”
Leave the check-box checked to receive product notifications–Click Next
You will then either find out any new product notifications or see that there are no notifications for your products like I did:
No product notifications– Click Next >>
Accept the 2 License Agreements and then click “Next >>”
Accept the 2 License Agreement(s) and click Next >>
Check the “Always trust software from National Instruments Corporation” checkbox and click Next >>
Check the box to always trust National Instruments Corporation and then click Next >>
Click Next to begin the installation of NI-VISA:
Click Next >> to begin the installation of NI-VISA
If everything goes well you’ll get the “Installation complete!” window.  Click Next >>
NI-VISA Installation Complete
You’ll then be asked to Restart your computer.  Click the “Restart” button:
Click “Restart”

You can now relaunch the Measurement & Automation Explorer by selecting Tools > Measurement & Automation Explorer from the LabVIEW menu.  Then expand the Software section in the left column an see that it’s been installed:

LabVIEW Measurement and Automation Explorer-NI-VISA Now Installed
LabVIEW Measurement and Automation Explorer-NI-VISA Now Installed


Step 10: Open the Manual Blink .vi file Example and try it again.

You can find the Blink Example file on your hard drive in the following location: C:Program FilesNational InstrumentsLabVIEW 2014examplesMakerHubLINXLINX – Blink (Simple).vi

Step 11:  Manually enter the COM port and make sure Digital Output Channel is set to 13.

Step 12: Click the right-pointing Run arrow to run the program:

Click the Run Arrow

Step 13: Click the green circle to turn on the blue LED on the RedBoard.

The green circle will light up in the LabView window when the button has been clicked:
The green circle changes to a brighter shade of Green when the LED is on
And the LED on the RedBoard will come on (by pin 13):
The Blue LED light will come on
If your blue LED comes on you have installed NI-VISA correctly!
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