1. Kram Devil's Avatar
    I admit I was scammed. I admit I didn't perform due diligence on the purchase. Call me a fool. Laugh all you want. All done? Great!!! Let's move on.

    I bought a surface pro 2 with a 256Gb Hynix msata SSD. It had the kickstand with 2 positions so it's a surface pro 2 right?
    When I got the surface, it was totally locked. no access to usb, wireless, or bluetooth. And it says its a SKU surface pro 1.5 When booting booting the boot screen was wierd... and red. You can't boot to a bootable flashdrive so it was totally isolated. I reset to factory settings and it it deploys a syspreped windows8.1 pro OS in audit mode and it says it belonged to one Scott Fudally with a big desktop background which says "developer". It came pre-loaded with confidential microsoft tools for checking and editting EC, Sam, touch response and a nifty UEFI tweaker! Great right? I could care less. I just wanted a surface pro 2. I tried reregistering dlls, checking group policies, even installing stuff straight out of the catalog but no dice. Oh and I did some research and turns out Scott Fudally is some head honcho in microsoft. How did this dev beta surface end up in the philippines?!? The built in dev tools tell me the hardware is all there but the the UEFI firmware is beta so I can't boot to usb to wipe the thing and start over. Is my only choice to open it up and access the SSD directly? My current plan is to open it up, remove the ssd and attach it to a reader, copy the newly released firmware and driver files for the surface pro 2, reattach it, and install the drivers and firmware and hope to God I didn't just throw away 40k. Has someone had the same experience? I just need to get this thing to work or it's 40k down the drain. Somebody give me ideas here, I'm desperate!!!
    Last edited by Kram Devil; 09-15-2014 at 10:30 AM. Reason: incomplete info
    09-15-2014 10:26 AM
  2. neo158's Avatar
    There was never a Surface Pro 1.5, seems to me that you got a dev device that should never have seen the light of day outside Microsoft. Might be worth speaking to Microsoft about it and tell them who you bought it from and where. Who knows, if you send it back to them they might send you a Surface Pro 2 as a replacement.
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    09-15-2014 12:37 PM
  3. xandros9's Avatar
    There was never a Surface Pro 1.5, seems to me that you got a dev device that should never have seen the light of day outside Microsoft. Might be worth speaking to Microsoft about it and tell them who you bought it from and where. Who knows, if you send it back to them they might send you a Surface Pro 2 as a replacement.

    there's some precedent with someone who bought a 920 and ended up with a prototype I think? MS bought it from him and sent a 920 IIRC.
    09-15-2014 03:36 PM
  4. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    There were various reports back-in-the-day of Surface Pro knockoffs....
    09-15-2014 04:58 PM
  5. neo158's Avatar
    There were various reports back-in-the-day of Surface Pro knockoffs....
    Yeah, but not ones that were branded Surface 1.5 and completely locked down.
    09-16-2014 05:52 AM
  6. HeyCori's Avatar
    Dude that sucks
    09-16-2014 10:01 AM
  7. RajeevT's Avatar
    Might be worth speaking to Microsoft about it and tell them who you bought it from and where. Who knows, if you send it back to them they might send you a Surface Pro 2 as a replacement.
    This was my first thought as well. Also pass on the info about it being a dev device belonging to an MS exec with confidential/testing utils on it - might lead to a faster response.
    09-16-2014 03:04 PM
  8. Loco5150's Avatar
    I think you are lucky. Could be stolen lost or something. Lucky why? Contact the guy it belonged to, or Microsoft. I'm sure you will get a new device asap.

    If I would be you, I would gently try to ask Surface Pro 3 for my helpfulness.
    Last edited by Loco5150; 09-16-2014 at 03:40 PM.
    09-16-2014 03:09 PM
  9. Kram Devil's Avatar
    I think you are lucky. Could be stolen lost or something. Lucky why? Contact the guy it belonged to, or Microsoft. I'm sure you will get a new device asap.

    If I would be you, I would gently try to ask Surface Pro 3 for my helpfulness.
    I'm not very optimistic about the outcome of that though. If this was a surface pro 3 prototype then maybe, but this is last year's latest and greatest. It's all out in the open and as of the release of surface pro 3, obsolete. How do I contact someone from microsoft about this? Might be worth a shot but I'm not overly optimistic.

    Thanks for the replies everyone. Just need a contact number :D
    If it doesn't pan out, I have a hair dryer some guitar pics and a spudger and I ain't afraid to use them.
    Last edited by Kram Devil; 09-18-2014 at 11:18 AM. Reason: just because
    09-18-2014 11:11 AM
  10. qa_ninja's Avatar
    try ben the PC guy on twitter. He's super active on it and can get you routed to the right person hopefully.

    You can also guess their e-mail address if you want as it's normally first initial+last name although their firewall will probably screen you
    09-18-2014 11:19 AM
  11. Loco5150's Avatar
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/scottfudally

    http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Scott-Fudally/1591212388

    I would try to get the 3, you know its the same to them. If he is super happy about you contacting and all that, tell him that "how about the new version replacement, Scott my pall..." "I would have so much liked it, but student budget doesn't give mw a chance" :D
    09-19-2014 12:49 AM

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