Surface Pro 4 Adapter for Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

I’m a big fan of the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, but the Surface Pro 4 is a little thinner. You can use the Surface Pro 4 in the older style docking station but it’s not an exact fit. There’s an adapter available for free.  Get it at the Microsoft Store (call ahead to make sure that they have stock), or order it through Send my Surface in for Service The new style Surface Dock is a completely different approach. Much more portable and it works with Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.     Source:How to … Continue reading Surface Pro 4 Adapter for Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 7 Windows 10 fix for Surface

I use Sketchbook Pro 7 on all my Surface Pro devices, and now too, the Surface 3.  Under Windows 10 I found that the pen tracked fine for all the user interface points (radial menu and Windows controls) but was offset in the drawing area. Solution: Use the Windows Compatibility Tool. Locate the program file. On my machine it wasC:\Program Files\Autodesk\SketchBook Pro 7 Right Click – click Troubleshoot Compatibility Troubleshoot Program The program opens but doesn’t display correctly Test the program. You have to do this before you click Next. Save the settings for this program Finished

Surface: Restore, Refresh, Reset

Every now and then I come across an article and I just know that I’ll need it someday. Here is one of those. Quoting verbatim from the Microsoft Support site If you’re having a problem with your Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, or Surface 3, you may be able to restore, refresh, or reset it and solve the problem. Before you begin Solution 1: Restore your Surface to an earlier point in time Solution 2: Refresh your Surface Solution 3: Reset your Surface Before you begin To perform a restore, refresh, or reset, you’ll need to check … Continue reading Surface: Restore, Refresh, Reset

Surface Pro 3 for Developers–Sightings in the Wild

When I’m out and about and I fire up my Surface Pro 3, I look around for other Surface devices. I guess I’m looking for kindred spirits. I was at a Developers’ event on the weekend. As usual I glanced around and there were about thirty portable computers of various kinds from mega-gaming machines to tiny tablets.  Seven of them were Surface Pro units (mostly Surface Pro 3). Except for the Microsoft Store,  that’s the most Surface  devices I’ve ever seen in one place. That was fun and edifying. We compared notes. Several of us have the docking station. Most … Continue reading Surface Pro 3 for Developers–Sightings in the Wild

Surface Pro 3: External Disc Performance

Pete Vickers at GUi Innovations has written up a great report about Surface Pro 3 and external disc performance using the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station. Read the article to see what he found. External Disc Performance on the Surface Pro 3 Here are some more interesting things to explore. Azure Free Trial MSDN Azure benefit CANITPRO at the Movies (English) CANITPRO at the Movies (French)

Surface Pro 3: Pen Can Be Paired With Other Devices

You can pair your Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3 pen to other devices. This is more interesting than compellingly useful, but here’s what I found. I picked up  an HP Stream 7 at the Microsoft Store last week. I was trying to capture a screen shot with the thumb keyboard but trying to do that with the Windows-Volume_Down combination wouldn’t work because pressing the Windows button dismisses the keyboard. Then remembered that a double-click on the Surface Pen button opens OneNote Screen Clipping Tool. I paired my Surface Pen via Bluetooth to the Stream-7. I was actually surprised that … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Pen Can Be Paired With Other Devices

Surface Pro 3: Wireless Display Adapter/Miracast

If you are having trouble connecting your Surface Pro 3 to the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter AND you have antivirus/firewall software running, try temporarily disabling the firewall. If that allows you to connect, then turn on the firewall again and set a rule/exception to your firewall settings. Allow:C:\Windows\System32\WUDFHost.exeAllow In/Out connections for TCP and UDP, Ports: All. Here’s how it looks in ESET Endpoint Security SETUP > Advanced Setup Personal Firewall > Rules Add General   Miracast   Direction:Both, Action:Allow, Protocol: TCP & UDP Local C:\Windows\System32\WUDFHost.exe And that should allow you to connect to your Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter through your firewall. See … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Wireless Display Adapter/Miracast

Surface Pro 3: Great Service at the Microsoft Store

I dropped by the Microsoft Store to invest some time getting to know the Surface 3. Almost as an afterthought on the way in I decided to make an appointment to see a technical specialist while I was in there. The main problem was that the keyboard was unresponsive when waking from sleep. The keys would light up but the key presses did not register on the Surface Pro 3. The workaround was to remove and replace the keyboard after resuming from sleep.  This was mildly annoying and downright embarrassing when I had to do this in front of other … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Great Service at the Microsoft Store

Surface 3: Hands On

I finally got my hands on a Surface 3. Here it is (red keyboard) beside my Surface Pro 3 (black keyboard) at the Microsoft Store. Keyboard and Typing Experience You’ll notice that the actual keys on the keyboard appear to be the same size.  The difference in width is in the border on the sides of the keys. That border is much slimmer on the Surface 3 keyboard. The Trackpad is about the same width, but not as tall.  They trimmed some of the border between the top row of keys and the screen. Overall the typing experience seemed comparable … Continue reading Surface 3: Hands On

Surface Pro 3: Show Hibernate in the Power Options Menu

In my last post I noted that Mouse Without Borders was able to wake up my Surface Pro 3 from Sleep mode. That makes perfect sense if the system is in front of me and I want to wake it up with the mouse. It doesn’t make sense if the system is in a bag, out of sight and out of mind. I’ve added Hibernate to the Power Options Menu and putting the system into Hibernate mode this seems to have eliminated the problem. I just need to consciously choose to put the system into Hibernate mode instead of just … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Show Hibernate in the Power Options Menu