Installation

Startup Hotkeys

  • Access the firmware by pressing F10 on an external keyboard, or Fn+F10 on the Cover Type keyboard
  • Boot on a USB media by leaving "Volume down" pressed on boot, until the Surface logo appears on screen

Both of those can also be achieved from the Advanced startup section of the "PC Settings" in Windows 8.1.

Dual-booting

To set up a dual-boot (useful to install firmware updates!), and be able to resize the Windows partition, be sure to disable Bitlocker disk encryption.

Fedora installation

The current Fedora 26 installation images should work enough to allow you to do the installation, after disabling Secure Boot support. The latest Surface 3 specific Fedora kernels can be cloned and built from GitHub. Status below is for upstream kernel 4.13.

Hardware support on the Surface 3

Feature Status

Markup

not working

<: #ff8080> not working

needs work

<: #ffcc50> needs work

working

<: #80ff80> working

Feature

Reference

Notes

EFI

Working

Secure Boot

Crashed on boot, see Fedora bug

Graphics card

Intel HD Graphics (Cherryview)

Working

Graphics video decoding

Through above graphics card

Untested

DisplayPort output

Display only, user-space support, might not work with certain HDMI adapters

Brightness

Works with some drivers builtin, Kernel bug

Internal MMC

Working

SD card reader

Working

Volume/Power buttons

Working

Detachable keyboard

Type Cover

Keyboard and touchpad (including multi-touch) working

Sound

Intel SoC

Broken since 4.11, reverting patch fixes the problem

Power Off/Reboot

Works

Suspend

Working with power button, some drivers need work

Lid switch

Initial LID state

Battery

MSHW0011 Driver in progress, Kernel bug

Wi-Fi

Marvell

"Working" with upstreamed driver and recent kernel/firmware combo, but with crashes and disconnects

Bluetooth

Marvell Bluetooth 4.0

Works with upstreamed driver

Rear Camera

OV8835 8MP

Not working, (non-upstream untested driver, camera framework)

Front camera

Aptina AR0330

Not working, (non-upstream untested driver, camera framework)

Accelerometer, ALS

HID sensor hub

Working

Touchscreen

N-Trig touchscreen

Working

Pen

Surface Pen

Working, though not the top button

Original OS recovery

In case you wiped the whole disk, and forgot to do a recovery disk, and either want to restart using Windows 8, or want to do firmware upgrades, you can download recovery images from Microsoft directly.

BastienNocera/Surface 3 (last edited 2017-10-16 13:36:26 by BastienNocera)