Surface Pro 4 / Surface Pro 3 – DIY VESA-mounted docking station v2

[Don’t have a 3D-printer and still want a VESA-mount? Order one at http://docks.bigcartel.com]   This quick DIY steps through the process to build a VESA-mounted vertical docking station for the Surface Pro 3/Surface Pro 4 using the brick-shaped Microsoft Surface Dock. Its something I’ve been meaning to post for a while but didn’t get around…

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Sneak Preview of SP4 dock

[Don’t have a 3D-printer and still want a VESA-mount? Order one at http://docks.bigcartel.com] Ready to use your Surface Pro 3 or Surface Pro 4 with the newer brick-shaped MS dock for smooth portrait docking? With this latest prototype no disassembly is required so you can keep your warranty. Its just 6 plastic parts and some nuts and…

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Surface Dock teardown (brick-shaped dock for SP3/SP4/SurfaceBook)

[I’m a Surface Fanatic. I *love* all the Surface devices, accessories, and the rich ecosystem built around this brand. I also love tearing devices apart. So in the spirit of my last teardown series lets do a teardown of the new brick-shaped Surface Dock. I’d also love to learn more about how you plan to use…

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Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 – high-dpi multi-monitor optimization regkey for alternate 3:2 aspect ratio resolutions

[Can’t decide what docking hardware to buy? Click for a comparison of many popular docking options.] [Don’t have a 3D-printer and still want a VESA-mount? Order one at http://docks.bigcartel.com]   [Setting up a live Surface demo using the scaling tweak at the Seattle Maker Faire (EMP Museum)]   The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book have 3:2…

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3-in-1 Dock – A Microsoft Garage Project for Surface Pro 3

[Updated design works for Surface Pro 4/Surface Pro 3 and preserves your warranty: https://dancharblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/surface-pro-4-surface-pro-3-diy-vesa-mounted-docking-station-v2/] [Don’t have a 3D-printer and still want a VESA-mount? Order one at http://docks.bigcartel.com]   At the //build conference earlier this year, we showed a sneak peek of the 3-in-1 Dock for Surface Pro 3. The response has been so positive to our point…

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Surface Pro 3 landscape docking station teardown (part 2)

Last month I shared a step-by-step teardown guide for the Surface Pro 3 docking station. This time I’ll dive a little deeper into the 40-pin “surflink” aka SurfaceConnect connector. I only did this to see what was inside and ended up destroying the connector so I don’t recommend repeating the process. Unlike the 12-pin connector…

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Surface Pro 3 landscape docking station teardown

[Skip ahead to part 2 for info on the 40-pin connector] Being a Surface fanatic, I wanted to see what was inside the Surface Pro 3 docking station: Tools: #0 Philips screwdriver #00 Philips screwdriver 1/8” flat screwdriver pliers Pentalobe screwdriver (needed for non-destructive method) Dremel or similar cutting tool (needed for destructive method shown)  …

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What’s the direct URL for a Windows Update driver?

I use all sorts of quirky hacks for GPU driver diagnostics. I found the new Windows 10 ETL log file process cumbersome and the Update Catalog limiting when I just needed to know driver download URLs. In %windir%\logs\WindowsUpdate\ there are several ETL log files. To find all the URLs of drivers that have been downloaded, run a regular…

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Surface 3 – Intel Atom x7 (Cherrytrail) multi-monitor tweaks

[skip to the bottom for the regkey file link – to learn more about the hack check out the Surface Pro 3 article] I was excited to find the Surface 3 keeps the same 3:2 aspect ratio and high dpi of its big brother (Surface Pro 3)  and not the 16:9 ratio from its cousin (Surface 2…


Surface Pro 3-in-1 VESA mounted dock sneak peek

[At the 2015 Microsoft Build conference, we showed a new approach to docking. Skip ahead to 22:15 in this Win2D lecture to see it in action. And make sure to check out the other cool Graphics talks at //build] Updated: Click here to watch the video    Why do you need a tablet, a laptop, and a desktop?…

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