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So I've got the latest OS of Rasbian, and just received a Wi-Pi adapter by Ralink. I'm trying to get the pi to connect my network, but once I plug my adapter in I can't get past the start up. When I booted the pi it goes through it's processes (configuring network interfaces, loading keymap, etc.), but when it comes to

OpenBSD Secure Shell Server: sshd...

It gets stuck until I either turn off the pi or unplug the adapter.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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    Usual suspect is the power supply. Best is to try using a powered USB hub. – John La Rooy Mar 27 '13 at 17:20
  • Thanks for your help! I don't currently own a powered hub but I connected the adapter straight into the pi (instead of the hub I had it in before) and removed a my hub completely from the pi to save power and it worked! – Harrison Mar 28 '13 at 20:29
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It seems like a power issue, I would try getting a powered hub for the Raspberry Pi. This would allow you to power your USB devices from an external source. I recommend this Raspberry Pi themed hub.

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This sometimes happens on one of my two Pi's. It usually does get past it after five minutes or so, but if it does not it could very well be a power supply problem. I have found in the past it is due to a network misconfiguration before (static IP setup on ethernet, etc). It may help to erase any previous config (if any), or connecting the adapter after you have booted into LXDE.

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