Flash problems to ESP8266 boards

By Atomstar on Thursday 21 November 2019 21:32 - Comments (1)
Category: ESP8266, Views: 1.558

Note to self: sometimes I cannot write to ESP8266 boards. The solution appeared to be to disconnect serial devices first (e.g. MH-Z19B), then flash

Symptoms

  • Typically freshly bought boards (Wemos D1 mini Pro) running micropython
  • esptool.py reports: A fatal error occurred: Failed to connect to Espressif device: Timed out waiting for packet header
  • Arduino reports: error: espcomm_open failed error: espcomm_upload_mem failed
  • Cannot interact or write to Micropython REPL prompt, commands are not fed back (i.e. I only have RX no TX capability)

Diagnosing ESP8266 boards

To see what the board is doing, connect to USB, then run screen on the tty:
screen /dev/tty.usbserial-1420 {74880,115200}

Or use Arduino 'Serial logger'. Use baud 74880 for boot loader, 115200 for programs running on the board (in my case). This gave me:

21:32:09.624 -> OSError: [Errno 2] ENOENT
21:32:09.624 -> 
21:32:09.624 -> MicroPython v1.9.4-8-ga9a3caad0 on 2018-05-11; ESP module with ESP8266
21:32:09.624 -> Type "help()" for more information.
21:32:09.624 -> >>> 


Once I found the board was running Micropython (i.e. ruling out HW problem), I found that I could connect but not write to the Micropython prompt.

Solution

In my case the problem appeared to be that a sensor using the serial port blocked my input to the serial port for uploading. Disconnecting the sensor worked. HTH.

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Comments


By Tweakers user jetspiking, Saturday 23 November 2019 12:40

I have the same problem with some ESP32 boards, however holding the little boot tactile button solves it for me. Maybe the ESP8266 also has this issue?

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