Leonardo not connecting

The other day I bought a Leonardo on Craigslist, and am having trouble connecting it. Here is what happens:

  1. When I start up Arduino IDE, even with the board plugged in and "Arduino Leonardo" preselected, the "Port" option under "Tools" is greyed out.
  2. If I then unplug the board and plug it back in, it appears on the list, but disappears again if I try to do anything.

The board itself is visibly on and seems to have some sort of a Fade-type program installed.

I also have an ELEGOO Uno that works just fine.

I am using Arduino IDE 1.9.0 Beta, although it doesn't work with the other version either. My computer is a Toshiba Satellite running Ubuntu 18.04. I've tried with several different USB cables.

Are there some drivers I need to install? Or is it maybe a hardware issue?


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Also have you tried to double tap the reset button on the board to put it into bootloader mode ?
A different COM port will be shown for that aspect.

Just some random thoughts.

What do things like dmesg and lsusb say when you connect the board; what do they say after press and releasing the reset button.

When the boot loader is active, it will fade the led; usually around 8 seconds.

The boot loader is not active when you connect the Leonardo to a PC, only when you reset the Leonardo.

Craiglist is second hand stuff if I'm not mistaken; there is always a risk. But let's stay positive.

No longer a Linux user, so might not be able to assist much.