Some Altera® products require drivers. Your must set up the correct drivers before using those products. For example, to use an Altera download cable or programming unit to program devices with the Quartus® II or MAX+PLUS® II software, you must first set up the correct driver.

Note: All cable drivers are not available for download on this page. They are available upon Quartus II software installation at the <Quartus II Installation Directory>\drivers directory.

Table 1 provides driver installation and set-up procedures for the Windows versions of Quartus II and MAX+PLUS II software. Table 2 provides driver set-up procedures for the UNIX and Linux versions of Quartus II and MAX+PLUS II software.

Table 1. Windows Driver Information for Altera Hardware (1)

Product Windows 7/ Windows Vista (32-/64-Bit) Windows XP (32-/64-Bit) Windows NT Windows 2000 Windows 98
EthernetBlaster cable
EthernetBlaster Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Upgrade firmwareUpgrade firmwareUpgrade firmwareUpgrade firmwareUpgrade firmware
EthernetBlaster II cable
EthernetBlaster II Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Upgrade firmwareUpgrade firmwareNot supportedNot supportedNot supported
USB-BlasterTM cable
USB-Blaster Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Install driverInstall driverNot supportedInstall driverNot supported
On-Board USB-BlasterTM II cable Install driver

Install driver (3)

Not supportedNot supportedNot supported
ByteBlaster II cable
ByteBlaster II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Install driver (2)
Install driver (2)Install driverInstall driverNot supported
ByteBlasterMV cable (discontinued)
ByteBlasterMV Download Cable User Guide (PDF)

Install driver (2)

Install driver (2)Install driverInstall driverQuartus II software setup
MAX+PLUS II software setup
MasterBlaster cable (USB port) (discontinued)
MasterBlaster Serial/USB Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Install driverInstall driverNot supportedInstall driverInstall driver
MasterBlaster cable (serial port) (discontinued)
MasterBlaster Serial/USB Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Quartus II software setup
MAX+PLUS II software setup
Master programming unit
(MPU and LP6 card) (discontinued)

Install driver

Install driverInstall driverInstall driverMAX+PLUS II software setup
Altera programming unit (USB port)Install driver Install driverNot supportedInstall driverInstall driver
BitBlaster cable (discontinued)
BitBlaster Serial Download Cable (PDF) data sheet
MAX+PLUS II software setup
T-guard/dongleInstall driverNo driver required (4)

Notes:

  1. Windows ME, Windows 95, and Windows 3.X operating systems are not supported by current versions of the Quartus II or MAX+PLUS II software, and Altera does not provide drivers for programming hardware for those versions of Windows.
  2. Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit) and Windows XP (64 bit) operating systems do not support ByteBlaster cables.
  3. To use the USB-Blaster II cable on Windows XP, you must update Windows XP to SP2 or later.
  4. A driver is required if the T-guard is connected to a parallel port other than LPT1.
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Table 2. Linux and UNIX Driver Information for Altera Hardware

Product Linux (32-/64-Bit) Solaris HP-UX
EthernetBlaster cable
EthernetBlaster Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Upgrade firmwareUpgrade firmwareUpgrade firmware
EthernetBlaster II cable
EthernetBlaster II Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Upgrade firmwareNot supportedNot supported
USB-Blaster cable
USB-Blaster Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Set port permissionsNot supportedNot supported
On-Board USB-Blaster II cable

Set port permissions

Not supportedNot supported
ByteBlaster II cable
ByteBlaster II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Set port permissionsNot supportedNot supported
ByteBlasterMV cable (discontinued)
ByteBlasterMV Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Set port permissionsNot supportedNot supported
MasterBlaster cable (USB port)
MasterBlaster Serial/USB Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Not supportedNot supportedNot supported
MasterBlaster cable (serial port) (discontinued)
MasterBlaster Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Quartus II software setup
MAX+PLUS II software setup
Master programming unit (MPU and LP6 card) (discontinued)Not supportedNot supportedNot supported
Altera programming unit (USB port) (discontinued)Not supportedNot supportedNot supported
BitBlaster cable (discontinued)
BitBlaster Serial Download Cable (PDF) data sheet
MAX+PLUS II software setup
T-guard/dongleNot supportedNot supportedNot supported