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Altera DE-1: "Error: Can't recognize silicone ID for device 1"

Dear fellow Forum Users,  


I am struggling to flash a POF to my brand new DE-1. I can connect to the device via the control panel app, I can flash binaries to the memory from there, I can flash a SOF to the DE-1 via Quartus in JTAG mode, but whenever I try to switch to "Active Serial Programming" mode, and flash a POF, I get the message "Error: Can't recognize silicon ID for device 1". 


I have followed the various threads on this topic, and have tried the solutions described in there, without success. What I have done by now: 


- Try different USB cables and USB ports (both directly on the PCs motherboard, as well as via an active USB hub) 

- Try different versions of Quartus (13 and 16.1), both with the same results 

- Try different OS (Win 10 64bit, Win 7 32 bit via Virtualbox, native Linux Quartus on Ubuntu 16.04), all with the same results 


The device is also autodetected when using the corresponding button in Quartus' programmer popup, however, I am greeted with the following popup when using it: 


"Encounter devices with shared JTAG header for device 1. Please select your device: [] EP2C15 [] EP2C20" 

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I have not connected another FPGA or JTAG enabled device to this PC. 


Any suggestions on how to proceed? Thanks for your support! 


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