Tinker makes photon flash red

Hi All

I have just flashed tinker to one of my photons (it is sat on a bread board on its on with no wires going anywhere)
when i run tinker on my phone as soon as i make any output high it flashes red SOS then after a min goes back cyan. on my phone instead of saying high it says NONE.
i then tried this with my second photon on a different breadboard and it has also done the same.

one photon is On the device: 0.8.0-rc.14
the other is On the device: 1.0.0

Any ideas?


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Take the device out the breadboard too.
How did you flash Tinker?

You forgot the important bit: How many blinks do you see after the SOS?

i have taken it out with no joy it flashes like so

Red,Red,Red fast
Red,Red,Red slow
Red,Red,Red fast
then 1 red


sorry i didn’t see that
i flashed it using the android particle app

Would you be able to flash it using the CLI? Give “Particle update” and “Particle flash --usb tinker” a shot, both in DFU mode.

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thanks Moors I will give it a try and report back

The version of Tinker embedded in the iOS and Android apps will cause that behavior on 0.8.0-rc and 1.0.0 on the Photon only. The version in the latest Particle CLI should be newer and not cause this behavior. The mobile apps will be updated to a newer Tinker binary, but have not been upgraded yet.

hmmm i have the device blinking yellow. i ran particle update in the cli however it says

!!! i was unable to detect any devices in dfu mode

Then you probably haven’t got the DFU drivers installed.

I haven’t can i not reflash some firmware and update the version to a earlier version?

is this the same on a mac ? i think it will be easier to install the CLI on my mac rather than install the drivers on my windows

i have manage to fix the issue i flashed tinker from the CLI but without the photon being in DFU mode

thanks for all your help, i have never really used the CLI before

I can confirm that this is still a bug. I have a brand new Photon and I’m just about to teach a remote class using Particle devices. As part of the prep for the lecture, I’m running trough a few things that I know that I’ll need.

I have a Photon running latest device OS 1.5.0. It came with Tinker installed and that worked fine. Then I flashed the “Blink a led” example and all is good. Then I go into the Android app to re-flash Tinker. The flashing goes fine, but trying to set Pin 7 high gives red SOS flash as mentioned above.

If I flash Tinker from command line it’ll work fine. If I flash from the web IDE it goes fine, so it’s only the re-flashing of Tinker from the Android App that fails.

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