Erratic pen operation

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    I'm using a Spro and my pen functions very erratically. It will work for a minute and then quit for 5 seconds and then work for 10 seconds and quit for 2 and then work for 3 and quit for 20, and on and on... . At other times it will work properly for extended periods. I'm typically only using it for selection. The off/on cycle is so erratic at times that it can't be used. But finger selection always works. I have changed the battery. The small dot on the screen does follow the off/on cycling. Solution ?
     
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    Check your environment:

    Could be electromagnetic interference from
    - Poorly grounded power (mains power)
    - Communications equipment, especially transmitters
    - Fluorescent lighting, especially if you hear a "hum" from the fixtures

    Does the Surface Pro perform the same way when at a different location?

    Also could be dirt/grime/debris in the connectors or ports. Magnetic connectors tend to attract metallic shavings or fibers, which may short out connections. Blow out the connectors with air.

    Let us know ...
     
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    The only fluorescent fixture in my house is in the kitchen, all else is LED. It does work the same all rooms throughout my house. I have no comm equipment locally and my surfacepro is operating off battery. The pen probably operates via bluetooth so not sure what porting may be involved.
     
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    Not sure exactly which model you have. Does the keyboard connect with the Surface Pro? If so, clean out that port.
     
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    I have the first generation of the Surface Pro. The keyboard does connect with the Surface Pro but it's not the keyboard that's the problem. It's the pen.
     
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    Try replacing the pen?
     
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    Not for $20+, not yet. That's my last resort.
     
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    Try some isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab to clean the battery contacts in the pen.
     
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    Tried the alcohol. Now searching for a replacement pen.
     

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