Cable and Adapter Drivers Information

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® Prime software, you must first set up the correct driver.

Note: Some cable drivers are not available for download on this page. They are available after you install the Quartus Prime software in the <Quartus Prime Installation Directory>\drivers directory.

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

Drivers for the legacy MAX+PLUS II software are included with the software setup.

 

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 firmware Upgrade firmware Upgrade firmware Upgrade firmware Upgrade firmware
EthernetBlaster II cable
EthernetBlaster II Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Upgrade firmware Upgrade firmware Not supported Not supported Not supported
USB-BlasterTM cable
USB-Blaster Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Install driver Install driver Not supported Install driver Not supported
On-Board USB-BlasterTM II cable Install driver

Install driver (3)

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

Install driver (2)

Install driver (2) Install driver Install driver Quartus II software setup
MAX+PLUS II software setup
MasterBlaster cable (USB port) (discontinued)
MasterBlaster Serial/USB Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Install driver Install driver Not supported Install driver Install 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 driver Install driver Install driver MAX+PLUS II software setup
Altera programming unit (USB port) Install driver Install driver Not supported Install driver Install driver
BitBlaster cable (discontinued)
BitBlaster Serial Download Cable (PDF) data sheet
MAX+PLUS II software setup
T-guard/dongle Install driver No driver required (4)

Notes:

  1. Windows ME, Windows 95, and Windows 3.X operating systems are not supported by current versions of Altera 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.
    (Get additional information.)

 

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 firmware Upgrade firmware Upgrade firmware
EthernetBlaster II cable
EthernetBlaster II Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Upgrade firmware Not supported Not supported
USB-Blaster cable
USB-Blaster Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Set port permissions Not supported Not supported
On-Board USB-Blaster II cable

Set port permissions

Not supported Not supported
ByteBlaster II cable
ByteBlaster II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Set port permissions Not supported Not supported
ByteBlasterMV cable (discontinued)
ByteBlasterMV Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Set port permissions Not supported Not supported
MasterBlaster cable (USB port)
MasterBlaster Serial/USB Communications Cable User Guide (PDF)
Not supported Not supported Not 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 supported Not supported Not supported
Altera programming unit (USB port) (discontinued) Not supported Not supported Not supported
BitBlaster cable (discontinued)
BitBlaster Serial Download Cable (PDF) data sheet
MAX+PLUS II software setup
T-guard/dongle Not supported Not supported Not supported