I had an apparent bad app flashed that would reset the Photon endlessly and was not allowing anything else to be flashed. Either that or the OS got corrupted. Either way, the Photon seemed to reset, connect to WiFi, connect to the cloud, crash and repeat.
I tried to enter Safe mode, holding down Setup and pulsing Reset, but the LED sped through a bunch of different modes without ever getting to the magenta safe mode state. Eventually it seemingly entered blue Listening mode. OK, thought I, we’ll just have to set it up again.
The Photon registers with my laptop’s WiFi. I can connect and go through Stage 2 of web setup, but step 3 always fails… it never blinks cyan indicating connection with my chosen network, but stays blinking blue.
Worse yet, my go-to failsafe of using command line particle-cli setup over USB failed spectacularly… after the photon was detected on USB, cli crashed with so much error output that it overflowed the command line window. As a bonus cli was corrupted and though setup seems to run from the command line, it never even prints it’s fist line reporting version.
Does this ring a bell to anyone? I’m pretty much over trying to revive this unit, but it would be nice to know what-all went sideways.