Solved – shorted valve – I guess the manual operation of the sprinkler valve (while waiting for the EZFlora) and the associated water on the solenoid from the bleeder valve caused the solenoid to short out – the solenoid is older and not plastic like the current generation.
The shorted valve #2 would cause the PTC in the xfrmr (or EZFlora?) to trip making it appear that the EZFlora wasn’t advancing the program.
The whole EZServe s/w version was simply the PTC reseting and making it appear like the S/W made a difference.
Arrrgh – I wasted 5 hours TFTPing, reseting EZFlora / EZServe all for a broken sprinkler valve 🙁