Windows 10 – Brightness Not Working (Surface Pro 3)

My wife encountered an issue on her Surface Pro 3 (running Windows 10 Creators Update) this morning where the brightness sliders had no effect on the screen.

I took a look at it and found that the following solution worked for me:

  • Open Device Manager
  • Expand Sensors
  • Right click on HID Sensor Collection V2 and then select Uninstall from the pop up menu
  • Reboot

Hopefully this helps!

 

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Surface Pro 3 – Battery Care

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I can’t recall having specific battery care instructions for previous laptops that I have owned but page 101 of the Surface Pro 3 User Guide states the following:

  • Recharge anytime. The battery doesn’t need to be empty or low before you recharge … However, it’s best to let the battery run down to 10% at least once per month before you recharge it.

Surface Pro 3 – Quick Tip – No PrintScreen Button on the Type Cover

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The Surface Pro 3 Type covers lacks the traditional PrintScreen button which is useful for grabbing a quick screenshot of your screen.

Surface Pro 3 Type Cover Keyboard

A workaround is to simply press Fn + Windows + Space in sequence.

The screen will dim briefly and then a screenshot will be stored in Pictures\Screenshots.

 

 

 

Surface Pro 3 – Quick Tip – Visual Studio (Hyper-v) Disables Sleep (Connected Standby)

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So I recently installed Visual Studio 2013 on my Surface Pro 3 and then found that I could no longer put it to sleep.

VS 2013 enables Hyper-v in Windows which developers use to test apps in other Operating Systems (such as Windows Phone). The problem is that Hyper-v conflicts with the advanced power management features (Connected Standby) on the Surface Pro 3.

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Visual Studio 2013 running Windows Phone 8 emulator in Hyper-v

While Hyper-v can be turned on and off this requires a reboot – and the Surface Pro 3 can only be shutdown, restarted or hibernated while Hyper-v is running.

The work-around is to manually enable and disable hyper-v and then reboot.

To disable Hyper-v open an Administrator Command Prompt, enter this command and then reboot:

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

Hyper-V can be enabled again with this command (which also requires a reboot):

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto

Surface Pro 3 – Quick Tip – Alt F4 does not work …

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The Type cover for the Surface Pro 3 is a little different than your regular laptop keyboard.

The function keys dim and brighten the back-light on the Type cover and open Windows functions such as Search, Sharing, Devices and Settings (amongst other things).

Surface Pro 3 Type Cover Function Keys

This can be pretty helpful – depending on what you are doing – but this default configuration means that one of my most used keyboard shortcuts Alt + F4 is not available.

The first solution is to just use Fn + Alt + F4 instead.

Otherwise pressing and holding the Fn key and then pressing Caps toggles the functionality of the top row of keys on the Type cover so that you can use Alt + F4. This is a toggle though – once you can use Alt + F4 you have to toggle back to use the default (pictured) functionality of these keys.

Surface Pro 3 – Quick Tip – Adjust Screen Brightness Using the Keyboard

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The Type cover for the Surface Pro 3 lacks the typical laptop buttons for adjusting the brightness of the screen.

Surface Pro 3 Type Cover Keyboard

Screen brightness can be adjusted using the keyboard as follows.

Increase brightness:

  • Fn + Del

Decrease brightness:

  • Fn + Backspace

Of course on Windows 8 you can always adjust the brightness from the Charms Bar by tapping or clicking Settings and then Screen too.