I just reinstalled the Arduino IDE to the latest version. I was able to successfully compile a project, but the upload failed.
I program devices, in this case a ESP8266 generic module, via a USB cable onto which I have soldered a 'connector' that is inserted into the board. I strongly suspect that the cable is okay.
Based on my looking around, it seems that there should be an Arduino device in my Windows 7 device manager.. Yet, when I looked through the device manager, in detail, I was unable to find anything Arduino. The various documents I found for installing the driver all start with finding the Arduino device in the device manager. Since I have not found it, what should I try?