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Activating license for Quartus 2 13.0sp1 on Ubuntu VM


Hi, I have an old Altera DE2 board with a Cyclone 2 FPGA, and I'm trying to program it from an Ubuntu 20.04 virtual environment. So far I've been able to download and install the last version of Quartus 2 that supports Cyclone 2, and compile a basic NAND gate. But the compilation fails to generate an output file, and gives me this failure message:

"Warning (292011): Can't generate programming files because you are currently using the Quartus II software in Evaluation Mode"

So I obtained a license for the software from here:

I then attempted to install the license, but got the result shown in the attached screenshot. The licensing software doesn't know what to do with the file I give it.

Any suggestions on what I can try from here? Thank you.

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Welcome to Intel forum. Could you help to reconfirm the license setup again. You can refer to link below for more detailed instructions for Setting up a license (page 24 of 59):             


You can also refer this following YouTube for license setup.   


Let me know if this information is helpful.


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