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Offline R_G_B_

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installing Quartus II web edition cyclone 2 FPGA
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:05:54 AM »
Got the following FPGA DEV boards:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Altera-CycloneII-EP2C5T144-FPGA-Mini-Development-Board-/150835820710?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item231e83f8a6

I installed Quartus II 13.1 web edition free it installed only to realise its not compatable with with the cyclone 2 device as theres no option in the software and when I point it to the cyclone 2 divice support file it does not recodnise it.

I went on to try an older file that supported the cyclone 2 FPGA device 13.0 sp1 when the software is towards the end of the install it comes up with an error system left alone something strange like this.

Can Anyone she any light on how to install thses files correct way of doing this on windows xp.


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Re: installing Quartus II web edition cyclone 2 FPGA
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013, 11:28:10 AM »
You had to install Quartus with the cyclone series QDZ file
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Re: installing Quartus II web edition cyclone 2 FPGA
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2013, 08:46:58 PM »
I attempted to install the correct versions 13.0 and 13.0 sp1 that do support the cyclone 2 qdz version.

Still no luck with these though. The only version that does install  is 13.1 which does not support the cyclone 2 qdz.




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Re: installing Quartus II web edition cyclone 2 FPGA
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2013, 10:15:33 PM »
Managed to install 13.0 to discover is standard not free.

Is there a free edition for cyclone 2?

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Re: installing Quartus II web edition cyclone 2 FPGA
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2013, 07:22:49 AM »
 :o That's weird. As far as I know all Cyclone series are support in both the web edition (free) and subscription edition. I just took a look at Altera's website, but the Cyclone (I) and Cyclone II aren't listed anymore in the supported families for Quartus II. (getting phased out maybe?). Yet the Cyclone II page still says that the Cyclone II family is supported by the free Quartus II edition. I seem to recall that last time I installed Quartus II, during installation you get to choose which families of CPLD's and FPGA's you want to install. IIRC the Cyclone II was part of that installation...

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Re: installing Quartus II web edition cyclone 2 FPGA
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2013, 07:28:23 AM »
I got the software version 10.1 to work now I need to try and get my hobycomponents alters USB blaster to work. Can't seem to find a driver that supports it. Does anyone know of one ?

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Re: installing Quartus II web edition cyclone 2 FPGA
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2013, 07:55:56 AM »
I looked. Sure enough, they dropped EP2C devices.

In that case, 12.1sp1 was one I ran for quite a while.

Avoid 10.x and 11.x like the plague. They are both Xilinx-level trainwrecks. First versions right after the ui was moved from native win32 to Qt.
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Re: installing Quartus II web edition cyclone 2 FPGA
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2013, 08:07:48 AM »
Gonna be a long knight!

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Re: installing Quartus II web edition cyclone 2 FPGA
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2013, 11:55:37 PM »
As it turns out you can still download previous versions or Quartus II that do support the Cyclone II familiy. According to a topic on the Altera forums the Cyclone II is supported up to v13.0 (http://www.alteraforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42758)

Edit: ...as the TS already found out, dûh. Time to start reading other persons posts more closely |O
« Last Edit: November 10, 2013, 11:58:04 PM by Christe4nM »

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Re: installing Quartus II web edition cyclone 2 FPGA
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2013, 11:05:09 AM »
Ouch.

Thanks for the heads-up.

I have several of those mini Cyclone II boards that you mention (I think they are great) and I regularly use 13.0 sp1 that I downloaded a few weeks ago (it was "latest version" at the time). I'll have to keep the 13.0 installer safe then in case they remove the option to download older versions...

Didn't know 13.1 removed cyclone II

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« Last Edit: November 18, 2013, 11:06:41 AM by zx80nut »


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