I recently purchased an ESP32-CAM but have had no luck in programming the board or getting any response whatsoever. I first tried to program it using the an FTDI programmer and the Arduino IDE (following the steps from this tutorial: https://randomnerdtutorials.com/esp32-cam-video-streaming-face-recognition-arduino-ide/).
Other things I've tried: -Moving jumper to 5V, powering ESP from 5V pin -Powering ESP from external 5V source (Arduino pin) -Powering ESP from external 3.3V source -Switching computers (Linux and Windows) -Programming board directly from Arduino (bypassing FTDI) -Various combinations of pressing/holding reset button during flash process
The other thing is that there is no LEDs that turn on when the board is powered. I couldn't find a concrete reference online that said an LED turns on when the device is on, but I assume the one LED would at least flash or something. Also monitoring the serial output with putty during boot did not yield any output. I'm all out of ideas and I am just starting to suspect that the board is completely dead. Any ideas would be appreciated, thank you.