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The fourth-generation Surface Pro tablet, released October 26th, 2015.

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Will a Surface Pro 4 boot without a display installed

I had a Surface Pro 4 with a cracked screen. It lost it display capability but I could power it on. I removed the display. I connected through the display port to a VGA monitor. This worked with another Surface Pro 4 that was already booted so I know the adapter works.

There is no display installed in the tablet. I connected to the VGA adapter to see if it would boot up to the monitor. The tablet is dead. I looked for blown resisters and could find none.

Question: Does the Surface Pro 4 need the display (screen and digitizer) installed for the computer to boot. Installing the old display that failed temporarily did another.

Is it possible with a new screen plugged in this would boot? Or, would there be signs that the tablet would boot without the display installed. It is dead now. I replaced the on/off and volume up/down ribbon cable switches.

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OK. There has not been an answer to this question so I will try to answer it myself from a bit of searching I did. Apparently, the Surface Pro 4 has been reported with some screen changes OR just does spontaneously in some cases but rare, to blow a resister that acts as a fuse on the motherboard. I emailed a tech who repairs screens who mentioned this and there will be some techs soon that will be available to solder a new resister in though this type of repair is hard to find. The tech repair company said there are complaints on the Internet about this but I could not find much of anything.

There is also a YouTube video about this: a person soldering in a replacement resister that brought his Surface Pro 4 back to life. This resister is hard to find as the resister shows itself as good or partially good, but however, it appears it is usually the same resister (non confirmed). There is little information about this problem. It is hard to find information because there are so many posts about Surfaces going into sleep mode and hard to get out (minor issue but all over the place) that you have to wade through these.

When that resister blows there is no fix except to solder in a new one. The Surface Pro 4 is completely and permanently dead until this is done. Resisters are very cheap though I might add. The trick is to absolutely confirm that the resister in question (that seems to be the same one like I said - that is my impression) IS, indeed, the problem before one starts de-soldering parts off the motherboard,

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I realize this is an extremely old post, but this is the first post that I have found on the internet that has given me any leads towards repairing my wife’s surface pro 4. It had froze and required a hard shut off and the screen wouldn't turn on at all, and checking logs on the m2 drive with event viewer suggested it wasn't actually booting. however the keyboard and other peripherals attached will light up and receive power once it is "turned on" and the cpu will become warm, so I suspected something on the motherboard had "blown" so to speak. Especially since I also bought a mini display port to HDMI cord and could not get a signal on my TV. I also tried "flushing" all of the power out of the board by disconnecting the battery from the board and holding down the power button for 30 seconds (this has worked for laptops for me that had a bad battery or something that caused a memory register or something else on the board to get in a bad state).

Do you happen to still have a link to the video of what this guy did? Haven't been able to find it and I'm not a great solderer but would like to try before we totally throw her laptop out as new motherboards are too expensive.

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pretty sure he is referring to the resistor that is mentioned in this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOScqCSu...

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I know this is an old post, but: the resistor in question is a 0 ohm part. Usually found on ebay for $2 or so for 100 pcs. But, it is also safe to just put a blob of solder to jump the connection since a 0 ohm resistor being used as a fuse is purely for assembly line machines to be able to bridge the connection automatically since they’re compatible with SMD parts but cannot solder a “wire” onto the board. I will attempt that and report back here. I too have an SP4, no screen, completely dead.

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Any luck on the resistor replacement? I have the exact same issue.

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I might be facing a similar issue. I have heard this same part being referred to as a schottky diode though. I am not sure that a schottky diod functions the same as a wire, but I agree that a 0 Ohm resistor would be equivalent to a wire. Did placing a blob of solder jump start your surface or have you had no luck?

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