Active Stylus Not Working After Windows Update

Discussion in 'Dell' started by crossface, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. crossface

    crossface Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I have a (original) Venue 8 Pro, and Windows 10 updated itself a day or two ago. Since then, my active stylus (newer silver) does not work. It will show the hover - dot on the screen, highlighted button when I hold the stylus over it - but it will not recognize handwriting or select a button if I press it.

    I'm curious if anyone else has the same issue, or if maybe there's some reason other than the W10 update for this sudden behavior that I will have to troubleshoot. The stylus is very important to me.
     
  2. crossface

    crossface Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Never mind. The stylus went bad. I pulled out my old 02 black barrel and it worked.
     
  3. hauseda

    hauseda Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Just figured out a possible solution. Not all AAAA batteries have the positive post sticking out enough to connect with the Dell active stylus positive post on the tip end. I was scratching my head trying to figure it out so added a very small piece of folded up tin foil to the tip portion of the stylus. Voila! Stylus now works...
     
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  4. gamefoo21

    gamefoo21 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Something else on my silver stylus...

    No clue why... but mine kills energizer AAAA batteries way faster than the Duracell ones.

    Fussy stylus.
     
  5. crossface

    crossface Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I've only ever used energizers, but I guess I'll have to try a duracell. I don't use my stylus often enough that the energizers last at least a month. Even the silver barrel isn't good enough that it's that much of a pleasure to use.
     
  6. gamefoo21

    gamefoo21 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I used it pretty regularly, the Duracell batteries would hold out for almost 3 months, while the energizer ones I'm fighting to get a month to a month and a half out of them. The stylus also seemed a lother more stable with the Duracell batteries.

    The crummy bit... I have to order the Duracell ones in, as I can only find the Energizer ones locally.
     
  7. Rob Halligan

    Rob Halligan Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I've been through 5 of these pens. They work when testing and then fail when I get in front of a client. I think I've had V1, V2, and V3 of the pens. Is there a V4? Should I get some tin foil and Duracells and try again?
     
  8. ericyy

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    Agree, really frustrating for the pen, my Venue is perfect in every other way except the pen... I really want to change it to another tablet for the pen...
     
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