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  1. Microsoft recently released August 2021 system updates for Surface Book 2 devices. These updates are available for all Surface Book 2 devices running Windows 10 May 2019 Update, version 1903 (19H1), or greater. These updates address critical security vulnerability and improve device stability. Microsoft has also improved camera and audio stability and reliability with these updates. Find the full change log below. Surface Book 2 August 2021 updates: Windows Update History Device Manager NVIDIA – Display – 23.21.13.9140 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 – Display adapters NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 – Display adapters Surface – Extension – 6.7.137.0 Surface Dock 2 Firmware Update – Extension Intel Corporation – System – 30.18305.6.5127 Intel® Microsoft Camera Rear – System Intel Corporation – System – 30.18305.6.5127 Intel® Microsoft Camera IR – System Intel Corporation – System – 30.18305.6.5127 Intel® Microsoft Camera Front – System Intel Corporation – System – 30.18305.6.5127 Intel® Imaging Signal Processor 2500 – System Intel Corporation – System – 30.18305.6.5127 Intel® CSI2 Host Controller – System Intel Corporation – System – 30.18305.6.5127 Intel® Control Logic – System Intel Corporation – System – 30.18305.6.5127 Intel® AVStream Camera 2500 – System Realtek Semiconductor Corp. – Extension – 6.1.0.9 Realtek High Definition Audio (SST) Extension Realtek Semiconductor Corp. – Media – 6.0.9083.3 Realtek High Definition Audio (SST) – Sound, video, and game controllers Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. – Net – 15.68.17021.121 Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller – Network adapters Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. – Bluetooth – 15.68.17021.121 Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter – Bluetooth Source: Microsoft Microsoft releases new system update for Surface Book 2 to improve battery reliability and security
  2. Bottom spec dual-core drops in price to make room for the new version. Enlarge / The 13.5 inch Surface Book 2. Microsoft Over the weekend, Microsoft refreshed the Surface Book 2 lineup, adding a new mid-range processor option for the 13.5-inch model (via The Verge). At launch, the Surface Book 2 could be equipped with either a 7th generation dual-core i7-7300U processor with two cores and four threads or an 8th generation i7-8650U with four cores and eight threads, with prices starting at $1,499 for the 7th generation part. That dual-core system now starts at $1,149 (with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage), with the $1,499 slot taken by a new i5-8350U model. This too is a four core/eight thread chip, with clock speeds of 1.7-3.6GHz and 6MB cache, in contrast to the 1.9-4.2GHz and 8MB cache of the top-end i7. That $1,499 system is available exclusively with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Other prices seem unaffected; the 8th generation i7 processor, which also includes a discrete Nvidia 1050 GTX GPU with 2GB dedicated memory, carries a $500 price premium over the new model today, rising to $2,999 for 16GB RAM and 1TB storage. The upgrade certainly makes the mid-range machine much more compelling, though we wish Microsoft provided more RAM options. While 16GB of RAM is a healthy minimum in this day and age, the cheapest 16GB Surface Book 2 option is the $2,499 8th generation i7 with 512GB storage. Source: Surface Book 2 lineup refreshed with new mid-range option (Ars Technica)
  3. For months, Microsoft has been blocking the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, or version 1903, on its own Surface Book 2 PCs. The reason was due to a known issue where the dedicated GPU driver would disappear from the Device Manager, leaving users to Intel's integrated graphics. After the PC was blocked from installing the update since July, and it's been broken since May, it's finally getting fixed. Microsoft is pushing out a series of firmware updates that will fix that issue, among a couple of others. Here's the full changelog: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Surface – System – 1.75.139.0 Surface Base 2 Firmware Update – Firmware 1.75.139.0 improves battery stability. Surface – Firmware – 182.1004.139.0 Surface System Aggregator – Firmware 182.1004.139.0 resolves an issue where the CPU will throttle down to .4GHz, and improves battery stability. Surface – Firmware – 389.2837.768.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware 389.2837.768.0 resolves an issue where the display adapter disappears from Device Manager. The updates rolling out are for anyone that's running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) or later. After you install them, you should likely be offered Windows 10 version 1903. It's possible that the feature update is still blocked for now, since it's still listed as a known issue that's being investigated on Microsoft's Dashboard for version 1903. This probably just hasn't been updated today, and should reflect the fix later on today or early next week. You can manually download the Surface Book 2 drivers and firmware package here. Source: Microsoft finally fixes disappearing GPU issue on Surface Book 2, and CPU throttling issue (via Neowin)
  4. Microsoft revives its Surface Book 2 with 7th-gen Intel CPU and 256GB SSD, for some reason When Microsoft announced the Surface Book 2 in October 2017, one of the big features was that it now had a quad-core processor, compared with the dual-core processors that Intel had previously been producing. It was a bit surprising though, to find that the Core i5 units that the company was using were actually seventh-generation dual-core chips. In March 2019, Microsoft finally corrected this issue by releasing a model with an eighth-gen Core i5 and a 256GB SSD for the same price, eventually discontinuing the seventh-gen model. The company did keep around a variant with a seventh-gen Core i5 and 128GB SSD to keep a low barrier of entry though, often pricing it at $999. Now, that 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 with a seventh-generation Core i5, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD is back. The news comes at a time when Microsoft is prepping to launch the Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 this month, so many variants of the Book 2 are out of stock already. If you want the 13.5-inch model with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, a seventh-gen chip is your only option. The eighth-gen one is sold out. It's unclear why Microsoft is once again selling this configuration of the Surface Book 2, and we'll never know. Chances are, there were a few left in the warehouse that it has to clear out to make room for Book 3. Source: Microsoft revives its Surface Book 2 with 7th-gen Intel CPU and 256GB SSD, for some reason (Neowin)
  5. Last month we reported that Surface Book 2 is having issues with the latest Windows 10 1903 update. At the time of reporting, we had noticed complains on Reddit and Twitter surrounding the GPU on Surface Book 2. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and as a result, the 1903 update has been suspended for Surface Book 2 owners. Microsoft has updated its support document (via Windows Latest) to reflect the change and has marked the GPU issue as a known issue. The bug affects only the Surface Book 2 with Nvidia’s discrete Graphics Processing Unit (dGPU). For users who have already updated their laptops, head to the Device Manager and click on ‘Scan for hardware changes’ to fix the issue. If that doesn’t solve the problem then rollback to 1809 until the issue has been resolved. Microsoft hasn’t provided us with a timeline so we can’t comment on when it will be solved but the company has requested users not to force the update using Media Tool or other means until the issue is solved. Source
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