ChrisPurusha- here, the dongle’s LED doesn’t react to any user interaction.
Even so, Going from what you’re saying, maybe the dongle idea is a red herring. Have the crashes produced a crash report? https://www.steinberg.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=477487#p477487
Have you done routine troubleshooting, i.e., renaming prefs folder, starting up with nothing plugged in except for the dongle…?