|David, thanks for the "sympathy card".
I have switched to Linux about three / four years ago - just because.
I went thru hell for few months trying to figure out why my USB devices were just coming and going. My solution - get rid of my switched POWERED USB hub connected between two devices - PC and RPi. It is hard to believe , but the problem was and still is TWO 6 feet long USB cables connected to the switch! Any cables - it is the length and as you pointed out - the timing.
After realizing the doggy OS RPi operates with I decided to do cross-compiling...
Learn ssh and now looking at WiFi.
I do not mind learning and pasting things together IF they work as "advertised".
This WiFi is such incomplete kluge I should get my money back from the "charitable corporation ".
Yes, I am rebuilding the configuration files to make sure the booting process actually checks the presence of devices , USB included, and all the files to make WiFi fly - not just posting meaningless errors.
So - I am learning how to write bash scripts!
And I though I left "bat" files somewhere in Oregon 30 some odd years back.
Cheers and good night