Agilent N5110B Baseband Studio
for Waveform Capture and Playback
Recommended PC configuration procedure
for hard disk drive (HDD) playback
The configuration procedure listed below is for the convenience of customers who need
to assemble a PC workstation that can perform HDD playback. The N5110B Baseband
Studio for Waveform Capture and Playback hard disk drive (HDD) playback rate and
duration are not guaranteed, although factory tests at Agilent achieved a HDD playback
rate of 40 MSa/s over an 8+ hour duration using the PC configuration described in this
procedure. This rate is realized when the play back occurs one time through the hard
drive, so you may experience some variations with repeated playback.
This procedure includes the installation of the N5101A Baseband Studio PCI card and
driver. For more information, see the N5101A Baseband Studio PCI card installation
Guide.
PC Configuration Components:
Pre-configured HP XW8200 PC workstation with:
Windows XP Pro OS
Intel Xeon 2.8GHz/1MB 800FSB processor
2nd processor: Intel Xeon 2.8GHz/1MB 800FSB processor
1GB (2x512) DDR2-400 ECC Reg RAM
Hard drive #1: 74GB SATA/150 10K
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 64 PCI-E video card
48X CD-ROM
Floppy disk drive
Integrated Intel Pro MT 10/100/1000 LAN
No Sound Card
Hard drive #2: 73GB U320 SCSI 15000 RPM
Hard drive #3: 73GB U320 SCSI 15000 RPM
Hard drive #4: 73GB U320 SCSI 15000 RPM
Hard drive #5: 73GB U320 SCSI 15000 RPM
HP PS/2 Standard keyboard
HP PS/2 Scroll Mouse
No Monitor
Additional hardware components:
Agilent N5101A Baseband Studio PCI card with Option 022
PCI-X Adaptec 2230 SLP SCSI RAID Card
Configure and Install the Hardware Components
1. Unpack and open the case of the xw8200
2. Disconnect the SCSI cable from the mother board
Mother Board
SCSI Connector
3. Install the Adaptec 2230SLP SCSI RAID controller card in the upper-most 64-bit
PCI slot, and attach the SCSI cable removed from step two to the 2230SLP.
2230 SLP SCSI
RAID Controller
Upper-most
64-Bit PCI Slot
4. Install the N5101A card in the lower 64bit PCI slot.
NOTE: Option 022 (2GB DRAM) is required. N5101A PCI cards may vary in
appearance.
N5101A
Baseband Studio
PCI Card
2230 SLP SCSI
RAID Controller
Configure and Install the Software Components
1. Replace the cover and setup the PC. Press F9 during boot up to see details.
2. Press ‘ctrl-A’ to enter the Adaptec Configuration Utility
a. Select drives 2 through 5 (using insert) and initialize them
b. Create an array
i. Select drives 2 through 5
ii. Choose RAID0 (stripped)
iii. Choose a name to label the array
iv. Set the block size to 64kB
c. Accept the changes and exit the utility
3. After configuring the RAID0 array and completing the boot sequence, install the
Adaptec 2230SLP driver and the N5101A driver. Refer to the N5101A Baseband
Studio PCI card installation Guide if you need a copy of the N5101A driver.
4. Install Agilent IO libraries runtime. See the help system’s Installation section for
more information.
5. Install N5110B software and license file. See the help system’s Installation
section for more information.
6. Install .NET Framework 1.1 runtime. See the help system’s Installation section
for more information.
7. Add the new RAID0 volume
d. If this is not done automatically
e. Go to the Disk Management CMM
f. Initialize and convert
g. Create a new volume
h. Assign a letter
i. Format the RAID0 array with the following settings:
i. NTFS
ii. 64kB block size
iii. Uncheck “Perform Quick Setup”
8. Be sure to turn off Windows Automatic Updates
9. If the system has Virus protection software be sure to exclude the RAID0 drive
from any realtime/active search/protection lists.
10. For maximum performance, we recommend that you close all other programs
(including background applications) while performing capture or playback
operations.