I had a heck of a time installing the software. I currently support a number of different products on the Arduino IDE, so I have different versions on my computer so I can keep a consistent tool set. In addition, I have the teensy and some other special processors, so I wasn’t happy when 1.8.5 wanted to uninstall old versions but I backed them up and deleted them. 1.8.5 still wouldn’t load – probably wanted a registry cleanout. So, I put them back and downloaded the zip version — no install needed. That worked for the Arduino side.
Since I work off of a google drive, I put the git clone there. It downloaded fine. The get.exe (run as admin) seemed to do things but never added the esp32 stuff to the board menu. I re-downloaded the git files to my documents directory, re-ran get.exe and now everything seems fine. I am using a board I got from Amazon and the vendor was nice enough to state that it was Node32s compatible.
On with the course. I am hoping some of this might be useful to someone else.
Thanks Steve for sharing your experience. I try to keep the instructions for the most basic setup (a simple Arduino IDE 1.8.5 installation), but if you have multiple boards and IDE versions it might have some extra steps that I haven’t encountered.
Downloading the files directly from GitHub is quick and good solution that works just fine. It just has the inconveniente that in order to update the ESP32 add-on for your Arduino IDE you need to delete the folder, re-download everything, and move to the right place again.
I think someone else had a similar problem while using Dropbox for their Arduino installation… I don’t know why Git Clone wouldn’t work for a Google Drive folder…
I’ll definitely point this comment or suggest your solution to anyone having that problem.