LabVIEW Issues When Upgrading From Windows XP To Windows 7

In April 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP. Microsoft has developed a Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) to see if your current computer will be able to support the transition to Windows 7.

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Through experience and hard work, we’ve identified fixes to common issues moving LabVIEW to Windows 7. Some of the issues we have encountered during upgrades include getting administrative rights to the system and  accounting for the Windows 7 directory structure change where the files are located at “C:\Program Files (x86)\” instead of “C:\Program Files\” for non-native Windows 7 applications.

Additionally, issues may occur if your computer is part of a domain where certain Windows Services start up automatically on boot-up. If you run into a domain issue you may want to try the following:

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Case Study: Vehicle Controls for an Electro-Hydraulic Construction Machine

We were asked to assist in the development of the controls for a complex construction machine using Model Based Software Design (MBSD). This was the first project in which the OEM used MBSD and therefore it was a high-visibility project.

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We faced many challenges in this project. The control algorithm was very complex, and had already been developed by the OEM in Matlab – the accuracy of the implementation of the algorithm was critical. Verification of the algorithm was a key component of this project. Adding to the complexity, the input signals to the system were very noisy and required disturbance rejection. Any instabilities in the system had the potential to cause injuries or property damage, so it was key to tune the system properly. Requirements for the project were also being developed in parallel to implementation.

Modeling Automated Vehicle Guidance

Recently, DISTek completed a project to integrate a test system into the loop with automated vehicle guidance control systems on production ECU hardware in a laboratory environment.

This was done as an alternative to costly field testing, with the additional long term goal of developing an architecture that could be expanded to additional vehicle types.

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Welcome to the DISTek Blog

Hello, I want to welcome you to the DISTek blog, a place for the talented engineering staff of DISTek Integration, Inc. to share knowledge with the world. To learn more about DISTek, who we are, and what we do, check out our website.

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On this blog, look for helpful software engineering tips, case studies, and interesting experiences from our embedded software, test system design, and model based software experts.

We will also be sharing pictures and info from shows we attend, and other fun stuff too.

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