If you’ve done everything you’ve known how to get a Raspberry Pi Zero W (v1.1) to work but can’t get it to boot up and recognize the Wifi, there’s a chance you may have a defective board.
After purchasing you should have been able to do this to get it working:
Instead, research has led me to reach the same conclusions as these other people who have had the same issues with their RP0W
rpi-update updated the firmware but hardware was still reporting bad results.
cat /sys/firmware/devicetree/base/model Raspberry Pi Model B Rev 2 cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 model name : ARMv6-compatible processor rev 7 (v6l) BogoMIPS : 697.95 Features : half thumb fastmult vfp edsp java tls CPU implementer : 0x41 CPU architecture: 7 CPU variant : 0x0 CPU part : 0xb76 CPU revision : 7 Hardware : BCM2835 Revision : 000f Serial : 00000000dbe19693 uname -a Linux raspberrypi 4.9.50+ #1035 Wed Sep 13 22:53:09 BST 2017 armv6l GNU/Linux
Tried to update with
config.txt but to no avail.
I had to return my board to the seller, who promptly confirmed it was a faulty board.
If you can reproduce these signs for your board, it is likely faulty.