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InstaCal

Installation, Configuration, and Test Utility

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InstaCal


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Easy to use

Plug and play—automatically detects hardware and assigns resources for Ethernet, USB, PCI, Web, and Wireless boards

Included on MCC DAQ CD

Supports most MCC hardware, see specific hardware products for compatibility details

Supported Operating Systems: Windows® 8/7/Vista®/XP SP2, 32-bit or 64-bit

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What's InstaCal latest version

Hi, can not see what's version of the InstaCal. What's InstaCal latest version?

Job Title: Sr. EE
Industry: oil & gas
Application: DAQ


2 months ago

C.Lee Houston, TX


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The latest version of InstaCal is version 6.35 and it's available for download at: http://www.mccdaq.com/software.aspx

2 months ago



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Instacal and E-PSIS016 devices

It looks like INSTACAL 6.4 does not support the E-PDIS016 devices. I need to confirm that please. My experience is I update version 6.25 to 6.4 went to install a new E-PDIS016, on the Add Board form the tab foe E-PDIS016 is missing. I un-installed version 6.4 and re-installed 6.25 and the tab is back. Please confirm the support for E-PDIS016 devices and the latest version of INSTACAL .

Job Title: Software Eng.
Industry: IR
Application: Manufacturing


3 months ago

Ron Olson Santa Barbara CA


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Hello Ron - The obsolete E-PDISO16 hardware model is still “in” the latest InstaCal (which is ver 6.35), but it is only usable in WinXP. Win7/8 were never tested or supported with the E-PDISO16. If you still wish to test Win7/8 for yourself, which has worked OK for some users, you will need to roll back to at least 6.33. Older software versions are available on our archive page: ftp://ftp.mccdaq.com/Archive/

3 months ago

Measurement Computing

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How do I configure the USB-2408 so I can use the digital ports?

I plug in the USB-2408 and it will not allow me to use the digital IO ports, or configure and digital IO ports, and I cannot use the digital IO testing function.

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3 months ago

Jessica_ERAU Prescott, AZ


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Hello Jessica, Unfortunately, InstaCal does not bring out the digital testing feature for the USB-2408. For various reasons that feature was never enabled for the USB-2408 series. Your options for configuring and testing your digital I/O will depend on what your plans are for software programming. TracerDAQ will allow you to monitor up to 8 inputs. These include digital inputs as well. If you are planning on developing an application using our Universal Library then you could use one of the generic example programs that come with the library or download a product specific example from our web site here: http://www.mccdaq.com/downloads/example_programs/Product_Specific_Examples/USB-2408_Series/Universal_Library/. We also have support for LabVIEW through our ULx driver support that will allow you to develop a LabVIEW application that will configure and control your digital I/O. Last, you could download a diagnostic test developed by one of our application engineers here: http://www.mccdaq.com/downloads/example_programs/Universal_Library_Apps_and_App_Notes/Diagnostics/ Download the the Daqware DIO.msi file for digital I/O testing.

3 months ago

Measurement Computing

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Calibration Error

Dear, I have a USB-1208LS MEASUREMENT COMPUTING, the intenar calibrate the InstaCal program sends me an error of "CALIBRATION INCOMPLETE" "min bipolar offset code reached", I wonder if you can fix this problem in order to calibrate my card, I hope your an

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Application: Data ADquisicion


6 months ago

Mayta Chile


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I have exactly the same error. I can't solve it, tried rebooting, reinstalling, ... Does someone have a solution for this?

4 months ago

SWiM32

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The USB-1208LS calibration process requires you to disconnect all of your signal wires, and to perform the exact wiring connections specified on the InstaCal screen. Usually this error indicates that no wiring connectors were made, or that one of the connections is loose. To simplify the wiring, you can choose to just calibrate 1 or 2 channels at a time, rather than all 8. If this advice does not eliminate the error, then perhaps the unit requires factory repair.

4 months ago

Measurement Computing

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Instacal windows installer problem

When I try to install Instacal on my windows 7 64bit I get the message that windows installer is not installed correctly. I have checked windows installer and it works fine with other applications. Is this a common problem? Do you have any suggestions how

Job Title: Engineer
Industry: Electronics
Application: Measurement setup


13 months ago

Joel Sweden


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Hello Joel - Win7-64 is very popular, and as such, InstaCal’s installation has been well tested. The error you report is not common. If Windows throws an installer error, it is best to search the internet for that particular error #, for advice on how to resolve. Also run Windows update, especially if the O/S was recently installed onto the PC. There is no easy way to install the multiple components and registry entries of the InstaCal driver set, as it would require you to create your own installer. If further support is required, please contact MCC Technical Support.

13 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Instacal for Windows 8.1

Hi, I have an ADC device that Instacal version 6.31 cannot find on Windows 8.1. This is only a problem in Windows 8.1. I have heard that this should be fixed in a new release of instacal. Can you give any approximate date of release for the next version

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14 months ago

Jeppe Tueager 1, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark


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MCC will officially support Win 8.1 in version 6.32, which is due out very soon (mid April). A subset of our USB models (namely HID models) are adversely affected by power saving changes Microsoft made in Win 8.1, versus Win 8.0. More details can be found in an FAQ on our Knowledgebase (link below) which provides a utility so version 6.31 can be used in the mean time. http://kb.mccdaq.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50499.aspx

14 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Is there any way to automate InstaCal for CB.CFG creation?

According to the UL documentation you MUST use InstaCal to generate a CB.CFG file. Is there any way to automate that such as a command line switch or COM interface? Is the implementation buried in a dll so that I could write an external app to automate/sc



19 months ago

daves


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hello daves - There is no hook into InstaCal to automate the creation of a CB.CFG file. However, if you are using a USB device, and if it will always be the same model, and if you will only plug one unit of that model into the target PC at a time, it may be possible to re-use an edited CB.CFG file from another PC. i.e. you would let InstaCal create the CB.CFG on your development PC as normal, then make a certain edit (h/w model dependent) to that CB.CFG file, and then you could copy (or install as part of your installation) that file to the proper location on the target machine. For more information, contact MCC technical support, and be sure to specify which USB model # you will be using.

19 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Is there an InstaCal silent installer or a command line switch a silent install?

I am building a single installer to completely install and configure a machine for use in production. However, InstaCal does not seem to have a silent install option. Is there something I am missing?



19 months ago

daves


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Note that the following discussion is aimed at OEMs. The vast majority of InstaCal users should install InstaCal using our normal installation method. icalsetup.exe is a self-extracting zip file that many of our non-OEM customers download and install. Don’t double click on it like they would. Instead, right click on it, and open it (or extract the files) with an unzip utility. You will see the MSI file, plus a bunch of other files and folders. All of these files need to be present, but then you can launch the MSI, in a silent fashion, per below: Here is the command line usually recommended: Msiexec /i instacal.msi /qn Another one to consider is this one: Msiexec /I instacal.msi /passive Note that the above suggestions are derived from Microsoft documentation for their MSI standard. You should thoroughly test this to your satisfaction, as MCC has not done formal testing. P.S. The above should install the InstaCal driver silently (without user prompts), but the user still then must manually run Inscal32.EXE once to have their DAQ hardware recognized (The end result being a text file named CB.CFG file being created by InstaCal, that stores the hardware information).

19 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Resetting device message appears and the device is not getting detected?

I am using a wave probe monitor and when I insert its cable in USB port, it is not getting detected in Instac cal rather it is showing the message: " The USB device requires resetting. Please be patient, this would require upto a minute to complete. If

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22 months ago

Karan Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


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You do not mention which MCC hardware model is used. The error you report is not common, and likely is specific to just one of our models (USB-1608FS). There is updated firmware for the USB-1608FS to correct this issue. New firmware and instructions are available on our website on the support page: http://www.mccdaq.com/firmware.aspx

22 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Windows 7 compatibility - InstaCal 6.26

Using InstaCal on Windows 7 having an issue where the board is continusly not recongized by external applications. I am noticing that the CB.CFG file is not being generated when running instacal, which seems to be the result of the Windows 7 not liking to



23 months ago

WhoAteMySoup


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Beginning with Vista, and continuing on with Win7 and Win8, MCC no longer locates the CB.CFG file in the Program Files folder. We now we put it in ProgramData (a hidden folder). If InstaCal sees the DAQ device, but your application program does not, be sure not to have duplicate copied of CBW32.DLL on the hard drive.

22 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Windows 7 Compatability

I have Instacal 5.56B. Will this work on a Windows 7 operating system?

Job Title: Development Test Engineer
Industry: Aerospace
Application: Rig monitoring


24 months ago

Tone5 UK


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InstaCal 5.56B is not Windows 7 compatible. Please download our latest software suite from our web site here: http://www.mccdaq.com/software.aspx The MCC DAQ CD will contain all supported software that currently ships with our products or you can just download the latest version of InstaCal.

24 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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using instacalc for other data logger

I have a plug Plug and play USB data logger .I would like to know whether the instacalc automatically detects hardware .If not what should I do to detect the USB data logger.

Job Title: Engineer
Industry: Univerasirty
Application: Measurement of parameters of soalr photovolataics


25 months ago

pkaasi252982 Puducherry, Pondicherry, India


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Since you plan to use DASYLab, you are likely not using a product from our datalogger family (i.e. a logger that can collect data stand-alone, without a PC). Instead we’ll assume you are using one of our USB DAQ devices. Each USB DAQ device must be recognized by InstaCal before it will be usable/seen in DASYLab. If it is not recognized in InstaCal, be sure to rule out causes such as a USB hub or USB cable extender. An LED on the device should come on solid, if the PC properly recognizes the device. Try a different USB port or a different computer.

25 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Summary

Easy-to-use installation, configuration and testing: InstaCal is a comprehensive software utility that manages everything about your data acquisition hardware. When you plug in a Ethernet, USB, PCI, Web, or wireless product, InstaCal detects the hardware and assigns resources automatically. You can set special features of the hardware so your software programs will run as you wish. All the settings are stored in the Measurement Computing configuration file.

Once your board is installed, you may want to check calibration. InstaCal walks you through a professional calibration procedure tailored to the board you own.

Have doubts about a function? InstaCal will test the board both internally and externally, giving you complete confidence in the board's operation. If a problem is found, it is clearly identified and a detailed report is generated which will speed a complete repair.

Simple, full function tests: Installation of a Measurement Computing data acquisition board is a snap with the USB, PCI and PC-card, Web, and wireless plug & play standards. Just install the hardware and let the operating system do the rest. It is that easy! Gone are the days of setting switches and jumpers. Now you are ready to select the special features of the board that control your measurements. Everything else will be taken care of by the data acquisition program you use.

For legacy systems such as Windows 3.x, or for ISA and PC/104 boards, you need to set those switches and jumpers then configure the software to recognize your board. InstaCal will take you right through that process with diagrams of switches and lots of helpful suggestions for avoiding conflicts.

For devices that support field calibration, InstaCal provides an easy-to-follow calibration procedure.

Test: From time to time, we all want to test our measurement instruments. Maybe we doubt a reading, or the values displayed by our favorite program, or even if the code we are writing is doing what we want it to. With InstaCal. you have a factory certified and dependable way to verify those readings. Click on the Test icon and InstaCal will test all of the board's internal registers. When you are satisfied with those functions, it is time to hook up a signal and test the input electronics or control electronics. InstaCal draws you a picture of the signals to connect, stimulates the electronics, and gives you a reading that you can depend on. InstaCal will help you quickly identify and resolve problems.