Note: Surface Pro Volume-Up Reset

I once experienced a problem with my Surface Pro 3 where the keyboard (and screen rotation) stopped working while I was working in another State.

I can never find the instructions I used to fix it, so I thought I’d post them here.

Note: For Surface Pro devices only.

Hold Power and Volume Up for 15 seconds. The screen may do things (turn off, turn on. weird clown images appearing) during this time, but just keep pressing and holding.

After 15 seconds, release the buttons, and then press the Power button to boot the Surface again.

And check to see how things are…

The RDP Ghost is real.

Recently, when connecting to a reasonably-sleepy Windows system, I’ve seen the RDP Ghost.

An 8 bit rendition of a scary, scary ghost. It scared me.

If you’ve seen it, you’re not alone. It’s a thing.

I hope – one day – to capture a screenshot of this apparition.

The Rules appear to be that you can never be ready for a screenshot when RDP Ghost appears.

Update 22/04/17: I WAS READY! Kinda. And caught enough that I can understand the cause and the effect.

The good news is, you’re probably not hacked by a supernatural force. Probably. It’s just Windows trying to draw the sign-in guy before it’s ready!