If you’re laptop is fairly old there’s a good chance the USB ports can’t supply sufficient power to drive the Fathom-X board on the surface. I would try powering that with a separate battery such as a USB battery backup. That will probably help.
As far as I know, there are not issues using this with the ports on a Macbook Pro.
All the settings are store on the ROV, so you just need QGC. You will also have to calibrate your joystick controller again.