Surface 2 Diaries: day two

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

Just as was I preparing to leave the office last Friday, Microsoft dropped off a replacement Surface 2, thus allowing this bold experiment to continue.

Sadly, it meant some of this morning was spent setting up the tablet again, but that exposed me to a rather strange little problem.

I found myself unable to sign in to my Microsoft account on the Surface 2 because of a '0x800b0101' error. After a bit of industrious Googling — or more correctly, industrious 'Binging It' — I discovered that the error occurs when the auto-set time and date is wrong.

For some reason my new Surface was convinced that we were stuck on Friday 13 September 2013 and that meant I couldn't sign in to a Microsoft account. It's not clear why either of those things are linked, but manually setting the time and date got me signed in and on my way.

The only other true bit of annoyance has come from trying to set up a network printer. I'm being told in no uncertain terms that the Active Directory Domain Services are currently unavailable and that's the end of the matter as far as the Surface 2 is concerned. We'll be Binging that tomorrow and seeing what comes up.

Otherwise, I've certainly been working at a reduced speed — mainly due to the lack of Firefox, which is the preferred browser for our in-house CMS — but the hardware itself feels good. It's a zippy tablet, rarely sluggish, and the Type keyboard cover is great.

It's worth noting that I have been working mainly on the desktop rather than the tiled Start screen. It's a little confusing that the interface for Explorer is different from one to the other, but the desktop is definitely the preferred mode for me when using keyboard and mouse. That said, swapping between the two is pretty seamless, and that's letting me use the native apps for Twitter and Facebook (which aren't particularly good, it must be said).

Still, after the (quite literally) 41 updates finished installing this morning (and I managed to sign in) it's been a fairly solid experience without anything too frustrating occurring.

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tksurface posted a comment   

All of my comments are relevant to Windows RT. I own both the original RT and Surface 2 tablet.


mholko posted a comment   

"Active Directory Domain Services are currently unavailable "
Since Windows RT cannot connect to a domain then that is most likely why you are getting the above issue.
I've connected my Surface 2 on non domain networks and hook up to printers without a problem. Connecting to HP printers has been pretty much automatic.


tksurface posted a comment   

What is the name/make/model number of the network printer? There is a lot of chatter on the answers dot microsoft dot com forums about trial and error with other stock drivers even if the exact printer driver isn't listed.

Also HP has a windows store app. It didn't help me b/c my printer is too old, but it is worth a shot


tksurface posted a comment   

What about the team viewer application to screenshare with your home or work PC?

I think microsoft also has remote desktop app built in stock, but users at my work seem to prefer teamviewer when they need to run something on the surface that requires a full processor.


tksurface posted a comment   

Did you try a USB hub yet to hook up a full keyboard? Plus have other USB ports free?


tksurface posted a comment   

Did you set up the microHDMI out to your monitor yet?

Using arc surface edition mouse?

Only use type cover. Touch cover not worth it.


Portentous posted a reply   

Can just plug in any good old USB keyboard, that gives you a numeric keypad.

I also use the Trackball Explorer with mine, works a treat.


tksurface posted a comment   

Check the you tube review called ' why I love my surface 2 ' for more power user features that aren't advertised.

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