I have spent a few days trying to connect my arduino ide to the esp 32 – complete waste of time – cannot select port – have downloaded drivers for cp2102 – is their a simple way of getting this rubbish set up to work? Very frustrated – looks like it is a bin job! Have tried to google other peoples ways of doing it – but still unable to connect the thing up.
There are a number of different manufacturers of ESP32 dev boards all with different drivers. First off, try the steps in the troubleshooting guide.
Do you have a link to the board you purchased? Are you using a USB data cable (Some USB cables only have wiring for charging). Does the board appear as a USB device when plugged in? If it doesn’t you may have a faulty board.
Is your PC or Mac locked out of USB devices (My work Mac is locked so I cannot connect a USB device). My work PC (Windows 10) is locked out as well.
Just managed to find out it is the USB cable – actually got it working – gone through installation adding drivers etc several times – and it is the USB cable! Thanks – will see if I can get past the first module.
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Just a heads up in the event you were unaware of it, not all cables will program, some of them are just for powering up the device, while others are wired to do both. They look the same but first thing I usually try is a different cable seeing how I have several ,some of which were cables that were used only to charge my other devices. These are good people here and they bend over backwards to help and support their members and non members, can’t tell you how many times I’ve done stupid things and I always got help and no sarcasm.
Thank you for taking the time to reply – I think the frustration of failing to get it working got to me. I thought the easy bit would be getting my laptop to run the little device. My next task is to build a raspberry pi laptop to run the device – using a power bank – a low voltage touch screen and the new Pi zero – so fingers crossed,