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Quartus II

Quartus II has several editions, not all work with Cyclone II. Download the correct one from the link below if still available:

Download this version of Quartus II for Cyclone II

Decompress the downloaded TAR file. I used 7-zip to extract the files from it.

Install and run it. It looks as below when run first time:

First run of Quartus II

Installing USB-Blaster Drivers

The Hobby Components Altera CPLD/FPGA USB Programmer uses the same drivers as shipped with Quartus, which are found here after installation of Quartus:


When connecting it the first time, Windows did recognise it as USB-Blaster, but doesn’t seem to have automatically installed the drivers. In Device Manager, it appears as below:

USB-Blaster on first connection

Going to properties of this device reports as below:

Drivers are not installed

Click on “Update Driver…” to get to the following dialog:

Driver Installation Dialogue for USB-Blaster

Click on “Browse my computer for drivers”:

Browse for drivers dialogue

Click on Browse and go to the folder where the drivers are located:

Locate the folder containing the drivers

Click “Next” button:

Click Next to proceed

If you get Windows Security warning as below, click on “Install”:

Click Install

At this point, Windows will start installing the drivers:

Drivers installation in progress

Click “Close” when installation is complete:

Click close to complete the installation of drivers

Now, in the properties it should say that the device is working properly and it will appear in Device Manager as Altera USB-Blaster.

Altera USB-Blaster drivers installed

Selecting USB-Blaster as Programmer in Quartus II

Click on Programmer in Tools menu:

Programmer options in Quartus II menu

Click on Hardware Setup…:

Click on Hardware Setup… button

Change “Currently selected hardware to “USB-Blaster (USB-0)” from “No Hardware”:

Select USB-Blaster

Click close after selecting USB-Blaster:

USB-Blaster selected
USB-Blaster shows up as selected in Programmer window

Connecting the FPGA

Connect a 5V power source to the FPGA board, and connect the USB-Blaster / Programmer to the FPGA’s JTAG header as well. Now click on Auto Detect, and it should appear as below:

Auto Detected FPGA

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