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FPGA Download Cable Driver Not working

Dde_B
Beginner
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Hi All,

So yesterday both of my old Altera Blaster programmers were found to no longer work. They work on an older machine no problem. 

  • Device Manager reports code 39 that there is a problem with the driver.
  • research suggested this is a driver signing issue so I followed instructions to boot with driver signing disabled still not working.
  • I then booted up into Safe mode, installed driver by pointing to the relevant folder in the IntelFPGA directory. This time no yellow triangle. Driver works and is installed.
  • Boot back into Windows normally, little yellow triangle is back in device manager and it no longer works.
  • Thinking it may be a clash with other drivers on my machine (last chance saloon now), I re-installed windows. Still not working.

This has happened only very recently, like in the last couple of months at the longest as I was using it March/April with no issues.

 

I am using v18.1 of Quartus because of the stupid NIOS bugs in later version that prevent the NIOS EDS tools working properly. And I have even tried using an older version of the drivers from the installing v16.1 of the standalone programmer.

Can anybody offer a solution please I am desperate right now, I have a hugely important project to work on and nothing I try is working.

 

I used to trust Altera stuff, it seems the tools are getting flakier and the support is falling away. 

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JohnT_Intel
Employee
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Hi,


I would recommend you to download Quartus 21.1 version of standalone Programmer in order to get the latest driver which will fixed the issue.

You may I also refer to https://www.intel.com/content/altera-www/global/en_us/index/support/support-resources/knowledge-base/tools/2021/why-does-the-intel--fpga-download-cables-drivers-installation-fa.html for more information


deBoogle
Beginner
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Thank you so much this worked a treat. At first, I didn't think it had, then I tried again and the driver went in.

JohnT_Intel
Employee
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Glad to be able to help.


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