Getting Quartus II to work

First, I must say that Quartus is brilliant. A complete hardware noob like myself can get up and running and creating complex hardware designs in hours.

64 bit Fedora 14, Quartus II Web Edition 11.1

This was my original setup, circa 2012.

I installed to /opt/quartus2we.

If you configure an external non-windowing curses based editor, using Tools > Options... > Preferred Text Editor, then you will need to preceed with xterm -geometry 80x60 -e. Can't use Gnome Terminal as the filename argument won't make into the command-line.

Under Tools > Options... > Internet Connectivity, set Web Browser to /usr/bin/firefox. Doesn't seem to work well with Chrome.

Create /etc/udev/rules.d/51-usbblaster.rules containing :-

# USB-Blaster
BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="09fb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="6001", MODE="0666"
BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="09fb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="6002", MODE="0666"
BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="09fb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="6003", MODE="0666"

# USB-Blaster II
BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="09fb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="6010", MODE="0666"
BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="09fb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="6810", MODE="0666"

Quartus is missing some files, preventing jtagd running in 64 bit mode, which prevents programming the device. Note that the main Quartus application reports itself as 32-bit. To fix :-

# yum -y install xerces-c
# yum -y install libicu-devel
# cd /opt/quartus2we/quartus/linux64
# ln -s /usr/lib64/
# ln -s /usr/lib64/
# ln -s /usr/lib64/

64 bit Fedora 25, Quartus 13.0sp1

This is my new setup, as of 2017-01.

Quartus is still a 32 bit program, so :-

# dnf -y install \
libX11.i686 \
libXau.i686 \
libXdmcp.i686 \
libXext.i686 \
libXft-devel.i686 \
libXrender.i686 \
libXt.i686 \
libXtst.i686 \
libpng12.i686 \

The JTAG still needs rules allowing a normal user access to USB Blaster, so create /etc/udev/rules.d/51-altera-usb-blaster.rules containing :-

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="09fb", ATTR{idProduct}=="6001", MODE="0666"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="09fb", ATTR{idProduct}=="6002", MODE="0666"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="09fb", ATTR{idProduct}=="6003", MODE="0666"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="09fb", ATTR{idProduct}=="6010", MODE="0666"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="09fb", ATTR{idProduct}=="6810", MODE="0666"

I found running udevadm control -reload as root doesn't make the system notice the new rules, I had to reboot.

As yourself :-

$ touch /work/ak/.jtagd.conf

None of the nasty symlinking of missing files (as per earlier configuration) is needed.

General tips

To import DE1.qsf from Altera website, use Assignments > Import Assignments...

Top level port names should reflect PIN names in this file.

I choose to do Active Serial Programming, which means the board will not lose the FPGA configuration at power off (the JTAG alternative isn't persistent). So under Assignments > Device > Device and Pin Options... > Configuration I select EPCS4. Under Tools > Programmer I select device as EPCS4 and select .pof file to program. Flip switch to PROG, click Start, when done, flip switch to RUN.

Beware SignalTap logic analyser errors. I find I need to shutdown Quartus, kill jtagd, then restart Quartus and start SignalTap. Otherwise when I press "Run Analysis", I get "Invalid data received". If I use "Read Data", I get what looks like reasonable data, but the start-stop point is somewhere mid data.