Installing Quartus II 13.0sp1 on Xubuntu 12.04

Note: These steps also work for Xubuntu 13.10

The virtual machine image included with the MityARM-5CSX Development Kit already has Quartus II installed. This wiki page will summarize our suggestions for those attempting a manual install.

In order to install Quartus II 13.0sp1 on a 64 bit machine make sure 32bit libraries are installed because the installer used 32bit libraries

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

In order to install Quartus under /opt/ sudo must be used for the install:


Once installed make sure that the /altera/quartus directory that is in the users home directory is owned by the user:

sudo chown -R user_name /altera/quartus

Also make sure that the settings directory is owned by the user so that recent projects and window sizes are remembered:

sudo chown -R user_name:user_name ~/.altera.quartus

Driver Installation For USB Blaster

  1. Use root permissions to create file /etc/udev/rules.d/51-usbblaster.rules
  2. Set content to the following:
    # Altera USB-Blaster rule to set mode to 666.
    RUN+="/bin/chmod 0666 %c" 
  3. Save and run the following command:
    sudo udevadm control --reload-rules
  4. You may still need to do a dance with what gets plugged in first if you are using the terminal on the same computer...
    1. In my case I needed to have the terminal plugged in and connected.
    2. Then I plugged in the USB blaster into the computer, which reset the board.
    3. Then the USB blaster could scan the JTAG chain and find the FPGA.

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