I connected my Alesis Surge Mash drum kit to my Dell laptop with a USB cable.
The machine configuration is an Intel Core i7 with 32GB RAM and runs Windows 10 Pro ver 21H2.
The kit is MIDI plug-and-play (no need for driver installation).
Windows recognized the drums as Alesis surge with no errors.
I ran a DAW software (Cakewalk) with VST and did not get a response from my drums.
I tested the MIDI connection with a MIDI controller test tool like
I noticed that the messages from the drums (248 repeatedly and other messages for each use of the pads) were received when connecting the USB cable for about 5 seconds and then stopped. The Alesis surge appears correctly in the device managers.
I connected to another USB port; same problem.
I tried to disable the option that turns off USB devices to save power, but it didn't help.
I connected to another PC with Windows 11; it worked fine!
So I assume it has something to do with my laptop or Windows 10.