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My Surface has an issue with the power button; it doesn't make contact properly. To turn it on, I have to try clicking it often for more than 10 minutes before it powers on.

Fixing it is as expensive as buying a new one. I turned off battery saver, but it happens it turns off and I cannot turn it on again. The only way is for it to go sleep and click some keys on the keyboard to turn it "on" again.

How can it never turn off (only when the battery is at 0%)?

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Unfortunately, Surface devices are very difficult to repair. If you have another computer, you could use Wake-on-LAN (WoL) via your local network to wake it up from that computer. Some routers also have the capability to issue WoL. This is not an ideal solution, but it can enable using the Surface for some time.

Download and install SurfaceWOL.msi from the Microsoft Download Center - Surface Tools for IT to enable WoL on the Surface. The Surface device must be connected to AC power and connected to the network using its Ethernet adapter for WoL to work.

To wake the Surface, you may use a PowerShell script, a Windows Store app, or any other third-party tool, such as SolarWinds. You will need your Surface MAC address, which you can find using the command ipconfig /all.

For information see:

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  • > Surface devices are very difficult to repair < I've been told, yes... I will look into your suggestion – kicoke Mar 3 '19 at 11:52
  • Please quote the essential parts of the answer from the reference link(s), as the answer can become invalid if the linked page(s) change. – DavidPostill Mar 3 '19 at 11:54
  • @DavidPostill: The Microsoft post will not disappear as long as the Surface is supported, and then it won't matter. – harrymc Mar 3 '19 at 12:19
  • @harrymc Microsoft links become invalid all the time as they update the website. You should know by now that answer must be self-contained. – DavidPostill Mar 3 '19 at 12:22
  • @DavidPostill: OK, did it. Argumentative: by extension, you might also ask to upload to SU the Microsoft files in case their links disappear as well. – harrymc Mar 3 '19 at 12:50
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If you want your system never to be turned off, the solution is simple: keep it plugged and running 24/7.

However, I suggest fixing the power button or buying a new system. The electricity costs will outweigh in the long run, solving the problem.

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  • The battery works and I take notes with it in class. – kicoke Mar 3 '19 at 11:51
  • Great. Keep it on battery until it's almost depleted, then plug it in somewhere – Bogdan Doicin Mar 3 '19 at 11:53
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The easiest way to achive it, is to use a mouse-mover-program which moves your mouse every couple of minutes one pixel forward and back. i think you can find some on google, but try to get it from secure sources, or if possible, code it by yourself.

The other way is to setup your BIOS and/or OS-settings.

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