Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Exercise 0 - Open and Run a Virtual Instrument

Examine the Signal Generation and Processing VI and run it. Change the frequencies and types of the input signals and notice how the display on the graph changes. Change the Signal Processing Window and Filter options. After you have examined the VI and the different options you can change, stop the VI by pressing the Stop button.

1. Select Start»Programs»National Instruments»LabVIEW 7.0»LabVIEW to launch LabVIEW. The LabVIEW dialog box appears.

2. Select Help»Find Examples. The dialog box that appears lists and links to all available LabVIEW example VIs.

3. On the Browse Tab, select browse according to task. Choose Analyzing and Processing Signals, then Signal Processing, then Signal Generation and
This will open the Signal Generation and Processing VI Front Panel.

Note You also can open the VI by clicking the Open VI button and navigating to
labview\examples\apps\demos.llb\Signal Generation and

Front Panel
            4. Click the Run button on the toolbar, shown at left, to run this VI.
This VI determines the result of filtering and windowing a generated signal. This example also displays the power spectrum for the generated signal. The resulting
signals are displayed in the graphs on the front panel, as shown in the
following figure.

5. Use the Operating tool, shown at left, to change the Input Signal and the Signal Processing, use the increment or decrement arrows on the control, and drag the pointer to the desired Frequency.

6. Press the More Info… button or [F5] to read more about the analysis functions.

7. Press the Stop button or [F4] to stop the VI.

Block Diagram

8. Select Window»Show Diagram or press the <Ctrl-E> keys to display
the block diagram for the Signal Generation and Processing VI.

(MacOS) Press the <Command-E> keys. (Sun) Press the <Meta-E> keys.
(Linux) Press the <Alt-E> keys.

This block diagram contains several of the basic block diagram elements, including subVIs, functions, and structures, which you will learn about later in this course.

9. Select Window»Show Panel or press the <Ctrl-E> keys to return to the Front Panel.

10.  Close the VI and do not save changes.

End of Exercise

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