- 02-18-2013, 08:48 AM #1
Use of an external monitor is not ready for prime time yet. When Surface goes to sleep, upon awakening, one gets mixed results on resumption of external monitor. At times the external screen will come back up as it was left. At other times, the screen image will shake violently for a few minutes & then go back to normal. At times it won't settle & will have to do a forced shutdown & re-boot.
Bottom line, you get mixed results on external monitor resumption upon awakening.
- 02-18-2013, 10:01 AM #2
When it doesn't settle, what happens if you pull the mini-displayport plug out of the Surface, then reattach? That would be faster than rebooting (well, I guess it depends on your setup).
Also, are you using an adapter? If so, the official MS ones?
I bought a couple of adapters from Monoprice, and plan on connecting to an external monitor, but just haven't had a chance yet (got mine on Saturday).
- 02-18-2013, 10:15 AM #3
jpw21683: yes, I am using the mini-display VGA adapter that I bought at the MS Store I purchased the surface pro at. I have not tried pulling the adapter from the surface & then plug back in to see if that cures the issue. I will try next time. Bottom line though-we should not have to do that - external monitor should come back up properly after the surface wakes back up. Any workaround is not acceptable for a long term solution.
02-18-2013, 11:56 AM #6
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It sounds like an issue with your monitor sending handshake to the surface. I see this all the time with my media PC and HDMI with a matrix switch, splitter and receiver all before the tvs.
I have no problem using a cheap $10 mini dp to HDMI in my pro.
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- 02-20-2013, 08:45 AM #8
For the past two days, I've been using a Monoprice Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter to run a dual-monitor setup. I've had no issues. When waking from sleep, cold boot, restart, the external monitor is immediately detected and works just fine.
I haven't had a chance yet to try the Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, but I will.
It's important to realize that Mini DisplayPort outputs a digital signal...like HDMI & DVI. The HDMI & DVI adapters are passive adapters.
VGA is an analog signal. So a VGA adapter (regardless of brand) has to convert a digital signal to an analog one; it's an active adapter. tajones65, this might cause the problems you describe.
Regardless, it shouldn't happen...especially the official MS-branded adapter you have. But this might point to the problem. Is it possible to connect to your monitor with DVI or HDMI, therefore not using the VGA adapter?
- 02-20-2013, 12:08 PM #10
- 02-20-2013, 01:44 PM #11
JPW- OK..taking your suggestion & leaving VGA behind - I used an "apple mini-display port to DVI adapter" and works with no problems. External Screen & Surface go to sleep & come back up with no external monitor distortion, as happened with "MS mini-display port VGA adapter" ..bothers me that MS adapter does not work properly..
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