Currently travelling (for pleasure) in France, I had the bad surprise of switching my Surface Pro 3 tonight and finding the keyboard (the type cover) completely dead. No backlight, no key input, no touchpad, nothing.
Thankfully this is very easy to solve: even though a simple reboot doesn’t seem to solve the issue, a soft reset does. To perform a soft reset, follow the steps:
- Make sure that the keyboard is attached
- Press the Power button and the Volume Down button at the same time for a few seconds
The Surface will restart and because of the soft reset, it will reload all its drivers, including the one that was not reacting to the keyboard anymore. Everything should work fine now!