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I thought my Surface Pro Died

As normal, I left my Surface Pro plugged in overnight. And yes, the white LED is lit.

When I tried to awaken it:

 

surfacepro died

The power supply WAS working. I plugged various things into the USB port on the brick and it is working. The LED tip is white as it should be.

I’d tried everything at http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/warranty-service-and-recovery/surface-pro-wont-turn-on and things like http://www.winrtsource.com/2013/01/16/microsoft-surface-wont-power-on-solution/

For whatever reason, after reading everything on the web about reviving Surface Pro’s, I tried one more thing.

I Held the power button down and pressed the volume UP button. Eureka. Crisis averted. Normal startup. I did a cold shutdown, reinserted the microSD card which I had pulled for trouble shooting.

The battery is not depleted:

surface is ok

Now, if someone from the Surface team can tell me what exactly happened here…

More Painting Fun on Surface Pro

 

The ability to use Wacom Wintab based pen drawing tools on my Surface Pro has really made a difference in my artistic workflow. I’ve been photo painting using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS 5.5 and Corel Painter 12 (I got one sweet deal when I called them to purchase, $159, good on three computers).

From what I have been reading online, it appears that the drivers that Wacom released will indeed by repackaged by Microsoft and released during some future update cycle. With the current Wacom supplied driver, my feeling is that this is the best experience I’ve had yet on a touch device with pen drawing.

The painting below has quite a lot of work yet to do, but I’m having a great time with my new digital art tools working on it.

tall ship-1

Hope to move on to watercolors soon.

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