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Last Modified: April 13, 2010

Error : The specified location does not contain information about your hardware


You may receive this error message when you install the USB-Blaster™ programming cable driver in Windows XP or Windows 2000.

To correctly install the driver, use the Found New Hardware wizard that starts the first time you plug the USB-Blaster cable into the PC. Do not use the Add Hardware wizard from the Control Panel.

If you get this error, uninstall the USB-Blaster driver then reinstall it, using the following procedures.

Driver Uninstallation Instructions for Windows XP and 2000

  1. Plug the USB-Blaster cable into the PC.
  2. On the taskbar, click Start then click Settings and then click Control Panel. Double-click System.
  3. On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager
  4. Under Universal Serial Bus controllers, right-click the Altera USB-Blaster device, and click Uninstall on the pop-up menu
  5. Unplug the USB-Blaster.
  6. Restart Windows.

Driver Reinstallation Instructions

For Windows XP, follow the USB-Blaster Driver for Windows XP Installation Instructions.

For Windows 2000, follow the USB-Blaster Driver for Windows 2000 Installation Instructions.

Complete the reinstallation by Setting Up Programming Hardware in Quartus II Software.