Surface 3 Discussion Thread

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  1. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I use the CCC Codec pack and that adds Media Player Classic. I use Windows Media Player, generally, then skip to MPC if something isn't doing what it should do.
     
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    I don't use any; only the codecs that come with the OS.
     
  3. WuBoy

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    WMP is an awful media player. It always gives me problems no matter what machine I use.
     
  4. Ozymandias

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    I'm running VLC (desktop) for videos and foobar2000 for audio. So far, no issues.
     
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    That's what I do. The Xbox Video player app seems to handle every video file I throw at it with ease. Then again, I'm mostly playing mpeg-4 AVC videos encoded at 1080p, not really high in bitrate, and with two audio tracks (one down-mixed stereo 128kbps AAC and one 640kbps 5.1-7.1 AC3).

    I have some older Divx/Xvid videos with surround sound that work great too. I would rather rely on the Xbox Video app simply because I know battery life and efficiency is better with that. I'll play a rare video with VLC, maybe about once every few weeks or so.

    Music, for me, is pretty much solely through modern IE since I subscribe to Google Music All Access. I'll fire up Chrome if I'm plugged in.
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    How do we get spare tips for the N-Trig pen? I love the soft tip but it's clear that they won't last long.
     
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  8. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<...Looks like you might be able to get them from MS Support..>>

    ...Microsoft Support will mail you some (typically 3) or you can ask at your local Microsoft store (typically 1 to 3). Months ago, N-trig told me that they were setting up to offer replacement nibs (maybe more than one type) through their retail operation (on Amazon) but as far as I know, nothing has come of it... yet...
     
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    Did some testing using a "Dork" usb VA meter

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J3JSEG6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    on the Official Surface charger and the UNIFUN charger I had linked previously.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MJPG46S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    My results were ~5.1V and ~2.27A for both the microsoft and Unifun charger. both adapters would cause a discharge when plugged in if I were to start up a program such as Kerbal Space Program at both max brightness and 30%. Without increasing the amperage or voltage. When I plug an Iphone into the second port on the "Dork" the amperage increases up to ~2.94 and the Voltage drops to ~5.0V showing that Unifun was still willing to give more amps. where the Microsoft adapter would just cause a fail and restart from the dork.

    does this mean the Surface auto regulates to 2.27A? without the dock there is no way to get more wattage into the surface?

    Edit: it should be noted that I have seen the amperage drop down to around to a minimum of 1.7A when the screen is off or the machine is idle and around 1.2A when the surface is off.
     
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  10. Steve S

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    <<...does this mean the Surface auto regulates to 2.27A? ...there is no way to get more wattage into the surface?..>>

    ...If that were true, then I wouldn't have been able to charge my Surface 3 in 3 hours, would I...?
     
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