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Offline vincei

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HP16500C with HP16517A & HP16518A cards
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:30:59 pm »
I just got a job lot of HP16517A & HP16518A cards with jumpers to gang the cards together. I installed the cards into a 16501A mainframe and connected it to a 16500C that has other cards in it.

All 5 slots in the 16501A with the 18A/17A cards are showing "unrecognized card". I can't believe all these cards are dead - highly unlikely - so what do I need to do to get the device to recognize the new cards? I can post pictures if required.


Offline MadTux

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Re: HP16500C with HP16517A & HP16518A cards
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2019, 12:03:06 am »
See if 16500C mainframe has the "driver" files installed. Should be a file with 16517 or 16518 in it.
Should be on a couple of floppies that you could download from HP Keysight website.
Without that file, the card isn't recognized.

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Re: HP16500C with HP16517A & HP16518A cards
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2019, 08:52:41 pm »
Hi, Thanks for the response. Apologies for the late reply - I wanted to make sure that I had all bases covered.

As it turns out I didn't really have to do anything in software. It occurred to me that the mainframe and the cards that I purchased are very old and were giving strange and random device id's hence being unrecognized. I sprayed all the connectors on all five cards and the expander frame edge connectors with  M&G chemicals contact cleaner and re-seated all the boards.  And, boom, happy Vince.

In the multi-day search for what might be the issue I also tracked down the last firmware version release by HP for the 16500C - it was extremely difficult to find! Over the weekend I'll backup the hard-disk and take a shot at installing this later version of the software.

Thanks again for the assistance!


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