IDE V2.0 beta 10, ESP8266 sometimes doesn't upload

Windows10/64

I'm using an ESP8266 (NodeMCU) board. Its CP210x is connected as Com11.
The IDE knows this board is on com11.
When compiling is complete the uploader shows "Waiting for upload port..." and hangs there for maybe 5 - 10 seconds then shows "No upload port found, using COM11 as fallback"

However sometimes it does not go past "Waiting for upload port..."

Is this an issue (known?) or normal behavior (but not the hanging) or might my installation be corrupted?

Thanks
John

Screenshot 1:
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Screenshot 2:
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IDE output Window:

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Compilation complete.
Waiting for upload port...
No upload port found, using COM11 as fallback
"C:\Users\John\AppData\Local\Arduino15\packages\esp8266\tools\python3\3.7.2-post1/python3" -I "C:\Users\John\AppData\Local\Arduino15\packages\esp8266\hardware\esp8266\3.0.2/tools/upload.py" --chip esp8266 --port "COM11" --baud "115200" ""  --before default_reset --after hard_reset write_flash 0x0 "C:\Users\John\AppData\Local\Temp\arduino-sketch-3F727CE5A70368309075A65567618910/GxEPD2_NotPagedExample.ino.bin"
esptool.py v3.0
Serial port COM11
Connecting....
Chip is ESP8266EX
Features: WiFi
Crystal is 26MHz

So it's a V2?
Have you programmed other identical boards from this computer and current ide install?

No I haven't. At the moment I don't have another of this card.

It is using the CP2102 USB chip. Earlier I was using an FTDI adapter with a Pro Mini and had no issues.
I do have a yellow caution triangle next to the board - port selection. See Screenshot 2.
I'm guessing that is related.

Just got a bunch of those. 10 for $30.

What steps did you do to set up for programming the ESP8266?

No, this is expected and normal for the boards that have a general-purpose USB chip like the CP2102 on your board. The :warning: is indicating that the board could not be automatically identified, meaning that there is no assurance that the port you have selected is the port of that board. Some boards use a dedicated USB VID/PID pair that was purchased by the board manufacturer. The IDE is able to automatically identify the board on that port, and in this case you will not see the warning icon. However, the general purpose chips like the CP2102, CH340, and FT232R use a VID/PID pair provided by the chip manufacturer and there is no way to know which board is associated with those common shared VID/PID pairs.

So just make sure that you have the right port selected. If you're not sure, you can verify it via this procedure:

  1. Unplug your Arduino board from the computer.
  2. Select Tools > Port from the Arduino IDE's menus.
  3. Note the ports, if any, listed in the menu.
  4. Close the Tools menu. The ports list is only updated when the Tools menu is re-opened, so this step is essential.
  5. Plug your Arduino board into the computer.
  6. Select Tools > Port from the Arduino IDE's menus. - The new port listed in the menu is your Arduino board.

After that, don't worry about the :warning: . There is a feature request for tracking the need to improve the way the IDE communicates this situation here:

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Select the board and pick the com port.

Thank you for your explanation.

Does this also explain the "No upload port found, using COM11 as fallback" with the preceding delay?

FWIW I just went into the driver list (nirsoft) and uninstalled all the non system discovery ports. I then went into the registry and reset the port numbers. Then I installed the updated CP210x driver.
No change in the IDE nor "No upload port found"

So I guess this is just how it works....