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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2125 on: June 25, 2022, 01:16:09 am »
I would start by installing the drivers and making sure your PC recognized the VNA.  I use the standard drivers with Windows 10.  If 11 doesn't find it, you need to locate proper drivers.  If that works, then you need to install the latest the National Instruments 2021 SP1 64-bit runtime and NIVISA.   Then you will need the 64-bit sound dll.  Don't expect anything to work if you are mixing 32-bits and 64.  If you still can't get it to work, then I suggest going to one of the open source applications.  Actually, you may want to just start there.
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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2126 on: June 26, 2022, 09:50:49 am »
I don't have Windows 11 installed on a PC to try it.   

https://forums.ni.com/t5/NI-Package-Manager-NIPM/Does-LabVIEW-software-support-on-windows-11/td-p/4177747

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Windows 11 was announced long ago; and there have been many Windows Insider releases to allow companies like NI to port their products such that they would be fully functional by the time Windows 11 started deployment to user systems.

Telling me that NI is "targeting support in 2022 H2" is basically telling me that they failed to support their user base. The majority of software companies worked hard to get Windows 11 support available contemporaneously with the release of Windows 11. Why didn't NI?

Until I actually try it, I wouldn't trust what I read on the internet.   

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Other softwares works.
Windows ships with a lot of software.  When Notepad fails to run with a new release, they have a big problem. 

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Talking with a friend who has ran some basic tests with the 64-bit LabView on 11 and no problems.   I would imagine he's done a decent shakedown.

Just thank you by the extensive answer, I will try everything today.
Just congrats you by your knowledge and thank you by share it.
I hope make it work!!
 

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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2127 on: June 26, 2022, 10:21:28 am »
ohh, maybe my problem is NVISIA, as there is a very recent version, there is 20 ,21, 21.5 which of them should I install and that sound file where should be installed? I couldn't see any error of sound. Should I install the firmware included in github?.
 

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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2128 on: June 26, 2022, 03:19:47 pm »
ohh, maybe my problem is NVISIA, as there is a very recent version, there is 20 ,21, 21.5 which of them should I install and that sound file where should be installed? I couldn't see any error of sound. Should I install the firmware included in github?.

It could be.  Without you taking time to detail what you are doing, I can only guess.   How many times I have brought up that I do not have a crystal ball.     

The last person I attempted to help was suggesting that my software was throwing up bad data.  They took the time to create a video showing all the steps they were taking.   It was immediately obvious what was wrong.  They did not understand the metric system and were entering numbers like 100mHz which is certainly valid.   Screen shot can also be helpful.  One person was suggesting that the sweep would not show any data.   It turned out they had modified the calibration standards coefficients and created a divide by zero.  Very easy to spot with a screen shot.   

Like many, your stuck on the basic install.  As I already mentioned,  I would have no way of knowing if your PC sees the VNA or not.  It has nothing to do with my software.  If that doesn't work, there is no point in installing any of my or NI's software.    Take the time to document exactly what you have done or there is little I can do to help.

Also, keep in mind that I have abandoned the 64-bit software due to NI's extortion business practice.  I have no way to address any problems you may find with it.  IMO, you are wasting your time with it but it's there for those wanting to try it out.   
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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2129 on: June 28, 2022, 07:21:47 pm »
Hi, I just want to confirm that your software is working and is wonderful
It is working in Windows 11,  with the NI stuff you said, and no issue with the sound dll file.
Thanks a lot by your time. I just reinstalled and worked, no further intervention, maybe ir was a faulty LiteNVA , I made it work with a second unit with same firmware version.
Thanks take this effort, and use you unquestionable talent and knowledge to help help others
 

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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2130 on: June 29, 2022, 12:36:42 am »
That is good to know as you are the only person I know of that has tried to run it on 11.   My friend flipper's Lite was supplied with a defective USB cable and we ran into that snag with the design not considering the full range of voltage available on the port.  Outside of that, I've not had any real problems with the hardware.  It's become my favorite of the low cost VNAs.  If they ever improve the lower frequency performance, I would certainly order up a new one.   

Take care and enjoy your new VNA. 
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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2131 on: July 19, 2022, 02:52:53 pm »
It's been several weeks since I last made any changes to the software and consider it stable.   I have uploaded revision 3.06 32-bit for the LiteVNA and V2Plus4. 

I also updated some of the photos in the README and have included ALW's where he is attempting to measure his heart rate.  Also some data from the 2-axis rotor is shown. 
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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2132 on: July 22, 2022, 07:24:48 pm »
Hi, @joeqsmith just let you know in case someone ask you, I could install Solver32 LiteVNA that you recently updated in Windows11, keeping the Solver64 Setup.
I could install the old NI and VISA runtimes without conflict.
It is working now I need learn a lot of RF and your software, I just got the stuff required and got set it up, from now will be everything learn, I honestly think your software and Satsagen (6 Ghz SA,TSA,Sig.gen. for ADI Adalm Pluto SDR) will be the most useful tool I have.
I just seen the WIKI with the 3D radiance antenna plots and I almost fall from my chair.

 

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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2133 on: July 22, 2022, 11:21:22 pm »
If you find the performance of the 32-bit acceptable, you may want to consider removing the 64-bit just to save some space.   Any future updates would be with the 32-bit for the LiteVNA and V2+4.   
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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2134 on: July 27, 2022, 09:32:56 am »
I think it just run fine. I only need learn RF and use it! Thanks!
 

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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2135 on: July 30, 2022, 07:59:33 pm »
Just it know here in liteVNA group.io, someone posted a newer version. It is nice as it can save calibration files in the SD card with names, the pictures can receive a name too.
It looks solved a issue I had that the VNA lose the calibration a lite every day, and in two or three days you need make a calibration.
I guess you need be group member to access to this link

https://groups.io/g/liteVNA/attachment/540/0/LiteVNA64%20v1.3.00.bin
 

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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2136 on: July 31, 2022, 07:59:25 pm »
If you find there are problems when using my software with it,  I'm using Dislord's firmware 1.2 Jan 27 2022.   
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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2137 on: August 20, 2022, 05:44:47 pm »
It seems they released a new version of the LiteVNA which may address some of the USB problems I had demonstrated where the did not consider the full voltage range of the standard.   You can see that in the video below starting about 49 minutes in.   I have no idea if they actually did solve the problem or make any improvements only that they posted about it. 

https://groups.io/g/liteVNA/topic/the_new_litevna64_which/93138117?p=,,,20,0,0,0::recentpostdate/sticky,,,20,2,0,93138117,previd%3D1661010961385874549,nextid%3D1649971688251132758&previd=1661010961385874549&nextid=1649971688251132758

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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2138 on: August 24, 2022, 09:29:48 am »
Hello, the new NANO VNA 6000 is on sale, can work with your software?[attachimg=1]
 

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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2139 on: August 24, 2022, 11:35:26 am »
Hello, the new NANO VNA 6000 is on sale, can work with your software?[attachimg=1]

Are you spending the $800+ USD to find out?   
https://www.tindie.com/products/hcxqsgroup/nanorfe-vna6000/

I don't see it being a popular item.  The cost is too high for someone wanting to get started learning about VNAs.  From a professional view, it really doesn't offer anything new.  We have the LiteVNA which my software has been tested with.   I do wonder if they actually improved the Lite's hardware but it's hardly worth spending any cash on it to find out.   

The most recent software I have released was tested with the V2Plus4, V2Plus and LiteVNA 64.  In all cases, this will be highly dependent upon the firmware.   I only found one version of firmware that would work with the V2Plus and not cause the VNA to hang.   Because the developers do not provide products for me to test, I really can't say how the 6000 behaves.   It's really up to the product developers to  ensure they adhere to the protocols they came up with to control them.  If they make any changes, I would expect it to brake.   
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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2140 on: September 02, 2022, 05:27:34 pm »
$789 for the A version and $1499 for the B one. Looks like LibreVNA is better positioned at around $600.

Since I upgraded my NanoVNA V2plus4 last week to the latest 20220814 firmware I see that the "Save" feature is not working anymore, after power off/on again it goes to default settings. On top of this "Recall" presets crash the unit and it needs a power cycle.

VNA6000 is using the same firmware... so I guess it is also inheriting these bugs.
 

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Re: NanoVNA Custom Software
« Reply #2141 on: September 03, 2022, 03:13:00 am »
$789 for the A version and $1499 for the B one. Looks like LibreVNA is better positioned at around $600.
Note that the thread is about custom software for the NanoVNA, which includes the V2Plus4 and the LiteVNAs.   Because the LibreVNA's direct protocol to control it is not documented, I have no plans to ever support it.   

The cost for OWOs 6GHz versions along with there's just not enough improvements for me to consider it.  If I wanted a higher end VNA, I would purchase a used professional system (which is what I have).   

Since I upgraded my NanoVNA V2plus4 last week to the latest 20220814 firmware I see that the "Save" feature is not working anymore, after power off/on again it goes to default settings. On top of this "Recall" presets crash the unit and it needs a power cycle.

I have no use for any firmware features beyond getting the raw data out of the unit as fast as possible and having control over the hardware.  The only reason I would use one standalone is for a demonstration.  The display, buttons, SD card interfaces for me have no use. 

I have posted many times about the problems I have ran into with firmware and software both.  There's a reason I don't upgrade firmware and write my own software.   

VNA6000 is using the same firmware... so I guess it is also inheriting these bugs.
The V2Plus4 firmware that was supplied with mine was very stable.  The firmware for the V2Plus would hang and require the unit be power cycled.  After having them for about a year, I tried several versions of firmware for the V2Plus before finding one that was stable.   Newer versions would hang as before.  I wouldn't suggest any firmware is good or bad without performing extensive tests on it.   

The firmware for the original NanoVNA was so poor and was being updated so often I wrote a regression test to help me sort though the mess.  The downside to open source, you have people that maybe shouldn't be coding working on it.  The version I run is very old and has no features.  I could care less as it's stable and throws up some good enough data.   
How electrically robust is your meter?? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsK99WXk9VhcghnAauTBsbg
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