CALIBRATING A SURFACE PRO 3 SCREEN

 The process to properly calibrate your Surface Pro 3 screen.

The process to properly calibrate your Surface Pro 3 screen.

Hello.. if you're new here... welcome. You probably found this article on Google after (like me) spending 24 hours trying to get your Surface Pro 3 screen calibrated. I know it's frustrating having very inconsistent results and finally giving up and using the basic built in display profile...

Well... never fear... BOEM is here. I've just figured out a work around that has given me the display profile I was after in the first place (it only took 24 hours :-)).

If you're like me, you want the best possible gear and system you can get right? Well that's the reason I went for the Surface Pro 2 in the first place last year. And I was blown away with the versatility and capacity the machine gave me... I was a little frustrated with the small display but I got used to it. Fast forward to now and the Surface Pro 3 is out. With a much larger display and full specs I decided to retire the old machine and upgrade.

Everything was falling into place well... until I decided to calibrate the display using my X-Rite ColourMunki Display tool. Well all hell broke loose! I tried everything. Googled my ass off and got nowhere. The profile the calibration created was too green and the brightness was off by a MILE. I could see it everywhere and it drove me nuts!

I spent a couple of hours reading up on the issue... seemed I was not alone. The other guys were using very sophisticated tools and speaking mostly "geek" winch I had no idea how to translate. I figured it must be something the display is doing that the calibrator could to reconcile as I've had great results before.

I went onto the Intel website. Realised that they had a different driver for the display than the one I was using. Ok cool... so that would work... well no, not exactly. I had to do a few things.

Here are a few steps to properly calibrate your Surface Pro 3 display using the Xrite ColourMunki Display.

1. Go to this site

2. Be sure to download the ZIP version

3. Once the download has finished, unzip the contents to your desktop.

4. Press X and the Windows button together, this should bring up a menu where you can select Device Manager, do that.

5. Go to Display Adapters, expand it, and right click on the device.

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6. Now I had to uninstall the driver completely to get it to work. Seems like the Surface only accepts drivers signed by Microsoft. Luckily it was fairly simple.

7. On the Right-click menu, select uninstall... wait for it to complete... you might need to restart the machine afterward.

8. Go through the steps again to get to the driver page in the Device manager after your Surface has restarted.

9. Right click on the Device and select Update Driver Software. This will open a new window. You must select the option to browse on your Surface for the driver... Remember the driver we downloaded and extracted onto the desktop? Well that's the folder you want to tell the search to look.

10. Once it's found the driver, just install it and restart the machine again.

11. Now we're ready for the heavy lifting. Connect your ColourMunki Display to the Surface and launch the app.

12. Once you're all in, go to the top left corner and click on File, then Preferences.

13. Make sure you set the preferences as follows:

Now, once all that is done, go ahead and re-calibrate your display. I like the following settings for the Surface (but your taste may vary):

Now profile the display and see what happens. I'm sure it will give you a much better result. If not... well you can always go back to the generic scene profile I guess...

I hope you found this useful. Please feel free to share your comments... did it work for you???

Ciao.

B.