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Altera USB Blaster udev rules

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Just an aide-mémoire for how I got my Altera USB Blaster to work as a non-root user on CentOS Linux for use with with Quartus. Create /etc/udev/rules.d/51-usbblaster.rules with the following:

# Intel FPGA Download Cable
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"

# Intel FPGA Download Cable II
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="09fb", ATTR{idProduct}=="6010", MODE="0666"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="09fb", ATTR{idProduct}=="6810", MODE="0666"

Run the following to reload the rules:

# udevadm control --reload

Find where the device is:

# lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 09fb:6001 Altera Blaster
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

Confirm the device node now has the correct mode:

# ls -l /dev/bus/usb/002/002 
crw-rw-rw-. 1 root root 189, 129 Oct 14 11:56 /dev/bus/usb/002/002

Setting the date on a Muvi Micro Camcorder

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

I recently got a little Veho Muvi Micro Camcorder after seeing my brother using one on his bike. I appear to have the Pro model which on the positive side can handle more frames per second, but on the negative side puts a bright green timestamp on your recordings and there’s no way to disable it.

So the best you can do is at least make sure the timestamp is correct; it will reset to some known epoch if the battery goes flat and it might lose accuracy over time although I can’t say I’ve paid attention to that. There’s a utility for Windows that ships with the device, but that’s no good on a Mac or Linux host so for the benefit of the lazyweb and myself because it’s fairly obscure how to do it…

Create a file called time.txt in the root of the Muvi filesystem (alongside the DCIM directory) with the following contents:


Unmount the device and turn it off and on, the file should be consumed and the time should be now set.

Here’s a video shot in my 1955 VW Beetle which demonstrates the annoying timestamp, although does show the Muvi does just about cope with the electromagnetic interference from the magneto ignition and noise levels from the exhaust, although it doesn’t cope with the lack of daylight, blame the black paint for that.