Intel® FPGA Download Cable II User Guide

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Date 1/16/2024
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1.5. Installing the Intel® FPGA Download Cable II Driver on Windows 7/8/10 Systems

You must have system administration (administrator) privileges to install the download cable drivers.

The download cable drivers are included in the Intel® Quartus® Prime software installation. Before you begin the installation, verify that the download cable driver is located in your directory: \<Quartus Prime system directory>\ drivers\usb-blaster-ii.

  1. Connect the download cable to your computer’s USB port.

    When plugged in for the first time, a message appears stating Device driver software was not successfully installed.

  2. From the Windows Device Manager, locate Other devices and right-click the top USB-BlasterII.

    You need to install drivers for each interface: one for the JTAG interface and one for the System Console interface.

  3. On the right-click menu, click Update Driver Software. The Update Driver Software - USB BlasterII dialog appears.
  4. Click Browse my computer for driver software to continue.
  5. Click Browse… and browse to the location of the driver on your system: \<Quartus Prime system directory>\ drivers\usb-blaster-ii. Click OK.
  6. Click Next to install the driver.
  7. Click Install when asked if you want to install.

    You should now have a JTAG cable showing in the Device Manager.

  8. Now, install the driver for the other interface. Go back to step 2 and repeat the process for the other download cable devices.

    When you are finished, you will have added USB-Blaster II (JTAG interface) under JTAG cables.