Altera FPGA/CPLD USB programmer (HCDVBD0007)

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Re: Altera FPGA/CPLD USB programmer (HCDVBD0007)

Post by andrew » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:44 am

I'm afraid we are unable to redistribute the software but I've just given it a quick check myself and it seems to work ok for me.

What's the error you're seeing?
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Re: Altera FPGA/CPLD USB programmer (HCDVBD0007)

Post by red88dz » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:53 pm

Hi

thank you for your answer the problem of autentification is solved

but i need your help for a question if possible !!

i need to dowload a program from altera device Max7000s but i found anywhere in quartus programmer the right way to download it

can you help please ?

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Re: Altera FPGA/CPLD USB programmer (HCDVBD0007)

Post by andrew » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:27 am

These steps assume you are using a USB blaster programmer snd it is connected to your CPLD/FPGA development board:

1) In the Quartus main screen open up the programmer window by clicking on the 'Tools' menu and selecting 'programmer'.

2) In the programmer window that just opened up select your programmer by clicking the Hardware Setup button in the top left of the window.

3) In the new window that has just opend select your programmer from the list (e.g. USB-Blaster), then click the close button to close the window

4) You should now see your programmer in the text box next to the hardware setup button you previously clicked

5) In the mode drop down selection box select 'JTAG' for CPLD devices or 'Active serial programming' for FPGA device

6) Add the file you wish to upload to the device by clicking the 'Add File button'.

7) Once you have selected the file you wish to program it should appear in the top half of the programming window. You will also notice there are some check boxes listed next to it. Make sure that the 'Program/configure' and optionally the 'Verify' check boxes are ticked.

9) Now click the 'Start' button and if everything is setup correctly it should program your device.
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Re: Altera FPGA/CPLD USB programmer (HCDVBD0007)

Post by Weetoonscott » Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:17 pm

Tried all of the above. Drivers installed correctly Quartus 18.1 installed. Click start and error 44 every time. USB blaster will flash from one led to the other then nothing. checked connections still nothing.
Suspect dodgy usb blaster so will order another one but not from hobby components.

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Re: Altera FPGA/CPLD USB programmer (HCDVBD0007)

Post by andrew » Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:16 am

Sorry to hear this. If you could just send a quick email to sales (at) hobbycomponents.com with your order number we will sort out the issue from there.
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Re: Altera FPGA/CPLD USB programmer (HCDVBD0007)

Post by Fancellu » Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:22 pm

Just bought one of these via Hobbycomponents on ebay

Doesn't work for me in windows 10 (20h2 Build 19042.789)

I plug in, it sees it is a Usb-blaster. I then go into device manager/other devices

update driver, point it at my quartus\drivers dir. It sees driver but fails (using quartus lite 20.1)

Any idea why? Or how to find out what the problem is?

I tried the same on a windows10 laptop, exactly the same, so its not just my machine it would seem

I attach screenshot of the driver install
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Re: Altera FPGA/CPLD USB programmer (HCDVBD0007)

Post by andrew » Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:09 pm

I've attached the correct drivers to this post. Can you unzip them and give them a try just to make sure you're installing the correct ones...
usb-blaster.zip

Edit: Sorry, just one other thing I forgot to mention. If you still have no luck with the above driver, and assuming you have one, can you try a different USB cable just in case that's causing and issue. It's unlikely but worth checking as we do see this from time to time.
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Re: Altera FPGA/CPLD USB programmer (HCDVBD0007)

Post by Fancellu » Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:38 am

Thanks for that

Actually I found out what the issue was, the version with Quartus 20.1 is not digitally signed!

I had to do Option 2

https://www.technipages.com/enable-disa ... er-signing

So Intel are shipping broken drivers. Nice

I tried your drivers, and they work lovely too, but are actually signed.

In fact I only bought this unit as I thought my old Chinese usb blaster was broken. Turns out it was bad drivers (I remember my cheapy Chinese FPGA working just fine with Quartus, but that was when I was using Windows 7, so thought it was that)

The old unit works fine with the new drivers too. Intel should really sign their drivers

If I'd paid for Quartus I'd be furious

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Re: Altera FPGA/CPLD USB programmer (HCDVBD0007)

Post by andrew » Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:30 pm

Glad you got it working. Yeah I agree that in this case the driver should have been signed but the enforced driver signing is also a bit of a headache for the opensource community. It does help keep users computers protected but there's several open source drivers which are used by a lot of open source projects that can't get driver certification because of the cost of certification. What's worse is in a lot of cases it doesn't stop you from installing the driver, it's just that it won't work which just adds to more confusion. I believe the enforced certification problem is not actually a Windows 7/10 thing, it's just that when everyone switched from Windows 7 to 10 they mostly also switched from 32 to 64 bit and it's on 64 bit systems that driver signing is enforced.

I'll add the driver to the first post to help any future issues.
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