This page contains common questions and answers about Altera® software installation for the Altera Complete Design Suite (ACDS) version 11.1.
You can refer to About Installing Altera Software (in Quartus® II Help) for instructions on how to download and install the ACDS v11.1. You can also refer to the Altera Software Installation and Licensing (PDF) manual for more information about installing and licensing Altera software.
- How can I download and install the ACDS v11.1?
- Can I use spaces, special characters, or non-English characters in path names?
- Can I run an anti-virus software when I download and install the ACDS v11.1?
- Can I manually resume the Altera Installer after an interruption?
- Can I install ACDS v11.1 via command line?
- Can I install specific device families at the command line?
- Can I download Altera software without installing the software?
- I tried to download the individual software files but the file is too big. The time taken to download these files is too long and the downloads always failed halfway. Is there any way to work around this?
- Why do I still get the “error connecting to the Internet” error message even though I have a working Internet connection and configured my proxy setting correctly?
- What is MD5 sum value and what is it for?
- Where can i find the older releases of Quartus II software installations?
- Why does my individual software file download fail with the Internet Explorer 6 or the Internet Explorer 7 browser?
- How do I uninstall individual Altera software?
- Can I add components after installing Altera software?
- Can I specify a Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) path as the target install directory?
- Why are there extra files left in my C drive after the ACDS installation?
- Why does the Quartus II installation sometimes fail on 64-bit Windows XP operating systems?
- Is FAT 32 file system supported for Quartus II installation?
- How do I extract and run the downloaded 11.1_<product_name>_linux.sh file?
- Why do I get the error message “./11.1_<product_name>_linux.sh: /bin/sh: bad interpreter: File too large"?
- How do I uninstall the ACDS v11.1 in Linux?
- Can I add components after installing Altera software?
- Why are the buttons in the Altera Installer hidden behind the taskbar?
- How can I specify the destination directory if I cannot browse to a specific directory?
- Why does Quartus II software not show that I have installed the Service Pack for v10.0 or v10.1
Q: How can I download and install the ACDS v11.1?
A: You can download and install the ACDS v11.1 from the Altera Download Center (www.altera.com/download) with the following options:
The Altera Installer is an on-demand installation manager that allows you to download and install Altera software using the GUI or command-line method. An Internet connection is required during the download and installation process. The Altera Installer supports both Windows and Linux operating systems.
Individual Software Files
Individual software files are self-extracting installation executable files. These files are named in the format of <version>_<product>_<windows/linux>.<exe/sh>. For example, a Quartus II individual software file is named as 11.1_quartus_windows.exe or 11.1_quartus_linux.sh.
When the individual software file is run, it will self-extract to a temporary location. The Altera Installer will then install the individual software. An Internet connection is not required during installation as compare to installation using just the Altera Installer. The individual software files are available for both Windows and Linux operating systems.
You can refer to the About Installing Altera Software (Quartus II Help) for instructions on how to download and install the ACDS version 11.1 using the options described above. You can also refer to the Altera Software Installation and Licensing (PDF) manual for more information on installing and licensing Altera software.
Q: Can I use spaces, special characters, or non-English characters in path names?
A: No. If you are using the individual software file, you must use only alphanumeric characters and do not use empty spaces, special characters, or non-English characters, such as "!$%^&*<>", in the Installer Source Directory box. This specification also applies to the Destination Directory that you specify in the Altera Installer.
Q: Can I run an anti-virus software when I download and install the ACDS version 11.1?
A: Some anti-virus scanner can prevent the Altera Installer from downloading and installing Altera software files to your machine. Thus, Altera recommends that you disable any anti-virus or malware scanner before the download and installation start.
Refer to KDB rd07222010_954 for more information.
- If your download was interrupted because of lost Internet connection or intermittent connection to the download server, Altera Installer will attempt auto resume of download in the background five times. If the download does not start after five attempts, Altera Installer will prompt you to retry or quit. At this point you can either quit and then restart the Altera Installer when the connection is restored, or wait for the connection to be restored and then click retry. The download will resume itself.
- If you cancel the download before it finishes, you can restart the Altera Installer (with the same target download directory) to resume the download.
Q: Can I install ACDS v11.1 via command line?
A: Yes. You can install Altera software for Windows or Linux at the command line with a custom installation script using command-line arguments. To install Altera software from the command line, you can run the Altera Installer command-line executable iteratively, using command-line arguments for different functions. You can locate the Altera Installer command-line executable at the following locations:
%TEMP%\altera\<ACDS v11.1 installer extraction directory>\bin\altera_installer_cmd.exe (Windows)
%TEMP% refers to the temporary folder specified in the TEMP environment variable. To find out the temporary folder, you can run the command "
echo %TEMP%" at the command prompt.
<ACDS v11.1 installer extraction directory>\bin\altera_installer_cmd (Linux)
Refer to Installing Software at the Command Prompt for more information.
Q: Can I download Altera software without installing the software?
A: Yes. Altera Installer allows you to download the installation files to your target folder and use them for installation later or share them in the network for installation deployment to multiple machines.
Please refer to Downloading and Installing Altera Software Separately for more information.
Q: I tried to download the individual software files but the file is too big. The time taken to download these files is too long and the downloads always failed halfway. Is there any way to work around this?
A: Altera provides the Altera Download Manager to manage large file downloads of the individual software files. The Altera Download Manager supports download resumes if the download was interrupted before completion. It is recommended that you use Internet Explorer 8 or Mozilla Firefox 3.6 as the Altera Download Manager works best with these browsers. The Altera Download Manager will start automatically upon opening of the download page.
Q: Why do I still get the “error connecting to the Internet” error message even though I have a working Internet connection and configured my proxy setting correctly?
A: You might be connecting to a NTLM proxy type. Please check with your IT administrator. If you are behind an NTLM proxy, please refer to Downloading and Installing Software at the Command Prompt on how to download and install Altera software behind an NTLM proxy. Note that only the command-line installation method supports NTLM proxy.
Q: What is MD5 sum value and what is it for?
A: MD5 sum is a string of letters and numbers that acts like a fingerprint for a file. If two files have the same MD5 sum value, then the files are exactly alike. You can use the MD5 sum values provided for each Altera software download to verify your downloaded file if it is the same as the file in our servers. To do that you can use any MD5 sum checker tool that is available in the internet (e.g. winMd5Sum) to verify your downloaded Altera software with the provided MD5 sum value.