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Error (169281): There are 469 IO input pads in the design

I get the following error message in Quartus when I compile my code: 

 

Error (169281): There are 469 IO input pads in the design, but only 293 IO input pad locations available on the device. 

 

However it works fine when I compile the same VHDL code in VT System FPGA Manager (Vector tool).  

 

I am using Cyclone IV E EP4CE75F23I8L.  

 

Since I am using a Vector board there are a number of IO ports that are set by default in the main HDL file. Do I get this error because Quartus does not know which board I intend to use? 

 

Also, is the error message referring to the IO pads available on the FPGA or on the board?
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Quartus doesn't know anything about your board. Check the Pin Planner to make sure your I/O location assignments are set correctly, but it clearly seems like there are too many I/O in your design for the device you are targetting. I don't know what VT System FPGA Manager is (is that a synthesis tool?).

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Quartus doesn't know anything about your board. Check the Pin Planner to make sure your I/O location assignments are set correctly, but it clearly seems like there are too many I/O in your design for the device you are targetting. I don't know what VT System FPGA Manager is (is that a synthesis tool?). 

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VT System FPGA Manager is a tool from the company Vector that executes Quartus for compilation of the VHDL code, and uses its board as target. When I do it directly on Quartus it doesn't know anything about my board so I should probably stick to the VT System FPGA Manager but the problem is that the compilation takes forever (over 1.5 hours) and I had to cancel because I couldn't wait for it so long.  

 

However compiled a similar design before, and it only took 20 minutes, don't know why It takes so much time now. It is almost the same design. Just added some input ports.
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