Your PyBadge may need its bootloader updated for several reasons.
Bootloaders earlier than v3.9.0 do not protect against a rare problem in which part of internal flash is erased on startup.
Starting with MacOS 10.14.4, Apple changed how USB devices are recognized on certain Macs. This caused a timing problem with boards that were loaded with a MakeCode program, preventing the
PYBADGEBOOT drive from appearing. Also the A and B buttons will be reversed in MakeCode if your bootloader is too old.
To see if you need to update your bootloader, get the UF2 boot drive to appear on your board. If you're running MakeCode, click the reset button once. If you're running CircuitPython or an Arduino program, double-click the reset button.
If the boot drive is named
BADGEBOOT, you definitely need to upgrade. If you see
PYBADGEBOOT, click the
PYBADGEBOOT drive in the Finder and then double-click the
INFO_UF2.TXT file to see what's inside.
(The screenshots below are for
PYBADGEBOOT will be similar.)
The bootloader version is listed in
INFO_UF2.TXT. In this example, the version is V3.6.0.
If the bootloader version you see is older than v3.9.0, you need to update. For instance, the bootloader above needs to be upgraded.
Download the latest version of the PyBadge bootloader updater on the circuitpython.org download page for the board:
The bootloader updater will be named
update-bootloader-arcade_pybadge-vN.N.N.uf2 with whatever version. Drag that file from your
Downloads folder onto the bootloader drive:
After you drag the updater onto the boot drive, the red LED on the board will flicker as the bootloader is updated. The NeoPixels will flash and turn green again. A few seconds later,
PYBADGEBOOT will appear in the Finder. After that, you can click on
PYBADGEBOOT and double-click
INFO_UF2.TXT again to confirm you've updated the bootloader.
If your Mac has already been updated to MacOS 10.14.4 and now you can't see a boot drivein the Finder, you need to find another computer that will work. Not all upgraded Macs will fail to show the boot drive: older ones can work. Or find a Mac that hasn't been upgraded yet. Any Windows 10 or Linux computer should work for upgrading your bootloader. Windows 7 computers will need drivers installed, but then can work.