I'm using the June 27, 2018 build of Raspbian Stretch that I downloaded (via torrent) from https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/
I am using a Class 10 Samsung (not a knock-off) 32GB microSD card that was new-in-box before I imaged it.
I'm powering from a 5.2v 2.0amp USB power supply that I borrowed from my room mate's Pi Zero (he's been using it for years). The cord connecting my Pi Zero to the adaptor is about three inches long (I'm aware that long cable runs can cause issues).
HDMI output is to a mini-HDMI-to-HDMI adapter then to a premium HDMI cable (gold connectors, heavy shielding) to the monitor.
The keyboard and WiFi dongle are connected via a powered USB hub (Unitek).
First boot went fine. I set my localization (US, Central Time, US Keyboard), renamed my Pi (so tempted to call it Apple - but didn't), and set a password.
The device tried to update the OS but as my WiFi dongle didn't get picked up, that didn't work.
I hadn't expected it to pick up the WiFi dongle, but as it was one marketed to work with the Pi Zero, I had at least a small hope that it might.
As soon as I was done with the device setup and localization, I rebooted my Pi via the system menu.
It came up just fine.
At that point I started looking at getting my WiFi dongle to work and found a website that gave some very specific instructions:
sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces
Then make it look like this:
# Include files from /etc/network/interfaces.d: source-directory /etc/network/interfaces.d auto lo iface lo inet loopback iface eth0 inet dhcp allow-hotplug wlan0 auto wlan0 iface wlan0 inet manual wpa-ssid "your-network-name" wpa-psk "your-network-password" iface default inet dhcp # wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf # allow-hotplug wlan1 # iface wlan1 inet manual # wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
Saved the file and exited, then shut down via this:
I was under the impression that all I needed to do to boot this thing was unplug it and plug it back in. When I do that, all that I get is one flash of the "I can read the SD card LED and then nothing - no HDMI signal, no flashing lights, no naked dancing girls, nothing.
Is there something I missed here?
I've pulled all the inputs and the microSD card and attached my Pi via USB port (not the power port) to a Windows 10 computer and it registers as "BCM2708 Boot" just fine, so the device itself isn't dead.
I tried removing the USB Hub and connecting the Keyboard dongle (but not the WiFi dongle) via direct connection to the OTG USB to USB A adapter I previously used to connect the Hub to the Pi with.
No joy and no difference at all in response. One flash of the LED and then crickets.
It's not booting up, it's not so dead that Windows doesn't think it's a valid USB device, and it's not telling me WHY it's not booting up.
Please bear in mind that as technical as all of the information I've provided here LOOKS, this is all monkey-see-monkey-do for me. If you have instructions, please make them idiotically specific and detailed.