1. notrichyet's Avatar
    Has anyone else with the SB2 15" got issues with the front and IR cameras?

    In Device Manager mine show the exclamation mark and the error is that they cannot be started.

    I have ran through all Windows Updates, Surface driver download, all Store apps up to date, nothing else I can find to update...but the same issue. I have uninstalled the devices via Device Manager, they re-install with the same issue whether I remove the driver files or not, or try a reboot between removal and re-scan.

    In Sign In Options, it states that Windows Hello is not available on this device.

    MS support have me trying a system reset which is in progress, but I wondered if I'm alone in this or not? The next step they said is to speak to the Store on the phone (ordered online from MS UK direct so no local Store) and they can arrange a replacement.

    Chris
    02-15-2018 10:15 AM
  2. spicypadthai's Avatar
    Does the camera not work at all or is only Windows Hello not working?
    02-15-2018 01:13 PM
  3. notrichyet's Avatar
    After having no clue how to reply...as one view of the post has no buttons and a different layout....

    It's just Windows Hello - the Windows Camera app is fine.

    In Device Manager, the IR Camera and Front Camera show the exclamation mark, and the error shown is about it cannot be turned on.

    The reset is taking hours...sat at 34% now for about 45 minutes...
    02-15-2018 01:24 PM
  4. spicypadthai's Avatar
    If it's been added to a domain and you're using a domain account to log in, then you need to add a reg key to enable Windows Hello. We have 3 SB 2's at work and had the same issue initially with Windows Hello "not available." After adding the key, it works great.

    Log in with an admin account, copy/paste the syntax below into notepad, save the file with a .reg extension, and then double click the file.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
    "AllowDomainPINLogon"=dword:00000001
    02-15-2018 01:47 PM
  5. notrichyet's Avatar
    Thanks, it isn't that - there are two errors in Device Manager for the Front Camera and the IR Camera - both state the power cannot be turned on. It has never been on a domain, just setup at home as a normal device. Setting that reg key didn't change anything.

    I've restored twice, no driver or OS updates left to apply, so it has gone back today.

    Unfortunately I don't know if they were working before loads of MS updates applied, as I didn't go to set up Hello until after they were all done. When the replacement arrives I'll skip all network connectivity and check Device Manager before doing anything to be sure.

    This seems to have been an issue on other Surface devices with the same errors, though none of the 'fixes' worked.

    It isn't something I can find mentioned anywhere online r.e. the SB2 so I'm hoping it was just a one-off hardware fault.
    02-16-2018 05:18 AM
  6. spicypadthai's Avatar
    Sorry to hear that but it sounds like you had a lemon. I'm assuming you'll be fine with a new one and it's worth it. Windows Hello is super fast on the SB2.
    02-16-2018 08:04 AM
  7. notrichyet's Avatar
    Fingers crossed, the original is due with MS returns tomorrow, so I should have the replacement shortly - MS support were excellent.
    02-19-2018 04:46 AM
  8. notrichyet's Avatar
    Most certainly a hardware fault, the replacement arrived today and it is all working great :)
    02-22-2018 02:30 PM

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