Having trouble with programming ESP8266-01 chips. Trying to flash the firmware.

(Is this the most appropriate place for this forum?)

I’m trying to program these ESP chips but in order to upload to them, I need something called ‘esptool.py’ and flash the firmware on each chip in order to do so. I have got to a point where I have the chip connected and I am giving the prompt this command “esptool.py --port COM6 --baud 74880 --trace --before no_reset erase_flash”. In total, it comes out with this error: “A fatal error occurred: Failed to connect to Espressif device: Invalid head of packet (0x08)”.

This is what the trace came out with:

There is a lot more code like this I hope I have provided enough?

I have researched this problem, and they have said that there must be something wrong with the USB interface that I am using. I don’t this is the case because as it is uploading the BLUE LED is lighting up in synchronization with the command line.