This is kinda weird problem. I used Raspberry Pi A+ for my small projects. I did all the programming using a USB WiFi dongle via SSH. It all went happy and fine until one fine day the dongle stopped blinking (which indicates, no activity. Normally, it has a green LED which blinks when the dongle is working properly). I plugged that dongle on my desktop PC and it worked there. I tried using a different dongle which didn't work on my Raspberry Pi but was working fine on my PC. I even did lsusb test, which couldn't detect my dongle (earlier it showed 'Realtek' for my dongle). I got the verbose output and found that USB current was 0mA.

I plugged a USB flash drive in my RPi. It turned on, but wasn't recognized by the RPi. It indicated that the power lines were fine.

I had a doubt that something was wrong with the USB port on my RPi. I removed the dongle, grabbed my multimeter and did some continuity test. I found that both the USB data lines of the RPi were shorted and grounded. I thought some dust and moisture might have stuck inside and shorted them all to the ground. I dried and blew warm air, cleaned the contacts, yet it was the same. I had a spare USB female port. So, I desoldered the original port and replaced it with the one I had. I even previously checked that the data lines of the new one were not shorted. Yet, the problem reproduced.

I'm still dumbfounded and don't know what's wrong with the USB. I surely checked all the test points and circuit lines and couldn't find anything shorted.

Anybody knows what could be the problem?

  • The first order of business would be to execute something like lsusb -t on the RPi with something plugged into the USB port in order to see what the system sees.
    – WineSoaked
    Aug 9, 2015 at 23:33
  • This is another article to read up on USB troubleshooting on the RPi: raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=53832
    – WineSoaked
    Aug 9, 2015 at 23:35

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Your adapter can be the matter. I had the same with a sound card, buy an active hub or a better adapter.

  • Thanks for the answer, but I checked the adapter also. It's working fine. I mentioned that I traced the circuit lines and found that something was problematic at the SoC. Aug 25, 2015 at 12:04
  • How does an active hub help a short circuit? Aug 30, 2015 at 0:47

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