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installing the USB Blaster on Windows

Honored Contributor II

Hey All,  


I had been baning my head against a wall trying to install the USB blaster drivers for Windows, but I have finally found the answer after being pointed to a "solution" on Altera's web page (Which i had not found). Hopefully re posting this here will save some pain.  


I was seeing the folllowing error after following the steps in the Altera User manual :- Error : The specified location does not contain information about your hardware 


The basic answer was to uninstall the USB blaster driver from WIndows, Reboot, and then plug the cable back in and use the add hardware wizzard that pops up's. 

(pointing it to the drivers/usb-blaster/ (x32 /x64) folder under Quartus II). 


For full details search ( for "Error : The specified location does not contain information about your hardware"
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Honored Contributor II



Are you using USB Blaster or Blaster II? 

1. Browse to correct path usb-blaster or usb-blaster II. 

2. Select the Include subfolders option. 


Refer the link 


Let me know if this has helped resolve the issue you are facing or if you need any further assistance. 


Best Regards, 

Anand Raj Shankar 

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