I am trying to connect to an Raspberry Pi Pico from an Raspberry Pi 3B+ running Raspian Bullseye. The Pico shows up in the File Manager when I connect with the BOOTSEL button pressed. When I try to install the MicroPython interpreter via the Thonny Interpreter Configuration dialogue it appears to work. I get the 'Done!' message and looking at the dialogue that appears when you click Done I see the following:
Waiting for the port
Found 2e8a:0005 at /dev/ttyACM0
That seems to indicate that the firmware install worked, but I don't see any REPL prompt in Thonny and I get:
Backend terminated or disconnected. Use 'Stop/Restart' to restart.
But 'Stop/Restart' doesn't do anything, nor do any of the other Thonny commands.
I have tried to flash both the
MicroPython_RenameMainDotPy.uf2 file and the
flash_nuke.uf2 file, but neither makes any difference, and I typically get an error saying
An operation is already pending and I haven't found any way to clear this seemingly blocked operation.
I have tried two Picos, with the same results for both. Both Picos were working fine a few months ago, and the only thing I have done in the meantime is an
apt update followed by an
apt upgrade. Apt tells me that Thonny is the latest version when I try to upgrade it.
UPDATE: The above is incorrect, I did upgrade from Raspbian Buster to Bullseye some months ago on the Raspberry Pi host. That may well have something to do with it. I had forgotten that.
I also thought it might be a bad USB cable, but I have tried 3 or 4 different cables with exactly the same results.
This is extremely frustrating. Does anyone know what the problem might be?
NEW UPDATE: I tried the Pico on an RPi 4 also running bullseye and REPL in Thonny works fine on that host after flashing the MicroPython interpreter. The only difference between that and my RPi 3B+ is that I did an
apt update followed by
apt upgrade two days ago on the 3B+. It seems that quite a bit was upgraded as
connman was installed on the 3B+, but it wasn't on the model 4B. So, something got updated/upgraded recently that is blocking proper connection with the Pico.