Digital actuality (VC) headsets are all the craze as of late. They provide a extra immersive expertise to the gaming world and the prospect to maneuver round — if all the pieces’s working correctly. HTC’s newest Vive headsets, together with the spectacular Cosmos and new Vive Professional 2, are extra secure than ever, however generally issues can nonetheless go flawed. 

From “headset not discovered” errors to pairing points, we’ll cowl widespread HTC Vive issues customers face. Then, we’ll recommend doable fixes and supply step-by-step directions on deal with the problems you may encounter along with your HTC Vive.

Points introduced with an error code

(Error 108) Headset not discovered

There are a few methods this error can manifest, both as an error message (error 108) or blinking crimson mild on the headset. That is normally the results of both a USB or a driver subject.

Attainable fixes:

  • Before everything, ensure that the headset is plugged in accurately. If unsure, take away all the pieces and plug it again in once more.
  • The ability, USB, and HDMI cables from the headset needs to be plugged into the right slots on the hyperlink field; from there, the hyperlink field’s USB and HDMI needs to be plugged into the PC, and the facility twine plugged into an influence outlet.
  • As soon as correctly plugged in, the LED on the headset needs to be inexperienced, indicating that it’s prepared to be used.
  • If all the pieces is plugged in however the headset is just not turning on, attempt a unique outlet.

When you’ve accomplished that, if the problem nonetheless persists, there are a selection of different issues to attempt:

Reboot the headset

Step 1: In SteamVR, right-click on the headset icon and choose Reboot Vive Headset.

Step 2: Watch for the reboot to finish.

Energy cycle the hyperlink field

Step 1: Shut down SteamVR.

Step 2: Unplug the facility and USB twine from the PC facet of the hyperlink field (which means NOT the orange facet of the hyperlink field).

Step 3: After a couple of minutes, plug the facility and USB twine again into the Hyperlink Field. In case you see a notification within the taskbar {that a} driver is putting in, await it to complete.

Step 4: Relaunch SteamVR. Remember the fact that chances are you’ll must repeat this course of greater than as soon as to ensure that the error to cease showing.

Restart your pc

Step 1: Give up SteamVR and reboot your pc.

Use a unique USB port

Generally, plugging into USB 3.0 and three.1 ports could cause errors. In that case, attempt utilizing a USB 2.0 port as a substitute. If there’s a USB port already in use and dealing — say, one which your keyboard or mouse is plugged into — attempt transferring the Vive connection to it. If, after making an attempt all doable USB ports, you continue to should not have a connection, attempt resetting your USB gadgets utilizing the next steps.

Step 1: Unplug the hyperlink cables out of your PC.

Step 2: Navigate to SteamVR > Settings > Normal, and ensure the Developer Settings field is checked.

Step 3: Click on Reset within the sidebar.

Step 4: Double-check to see if the hyperlink field’s USB cable is unplugged from the PC. Click on Take away all SteamVR Gadgets and click on Sure when prompted.

Step 5: Give up SteamVR, plug the hyperlink field again into your PC, and re-launch SteamVR.

In case you’ve tried each repair detailed above, it might be that your USB chipset is inflicting the problem. Test with Steam’s assist web page for additional rationalization of suitable USB chipsets.

HTC Vive Cosmos with controllers on table.
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(Error 113) Path registry not writable

That is normally as a consequence of an absence of correct set up permissions. You’ll must change your permissions in Home windows.

Change permissions

Step 1: Navigate to the folder you wish to change permissions for.

Step 2: Proper-click it and choose Properties.

Step 3: Click on on the Safety tab.

Step 4: Test the names listed within the Group of usernames field. If the account you’re utilizing doesn’t seem, click on Add and sort the identify of the consumer you want to add. Skip this step if the username already exhibits up.

Step 5: To vary permissions, click on the Enable or Deny test field within the Permissions for Person or Group field. For the needs of fixing error 113 with the Vive, you’ll wish to enable entry.

(Error 200) Driver failed

This error message signifies that the OpenVR driver failed. In case you added a file or folder to the SteamVR driver listing, eradicating it ought to repair the issue. If not, chances are you’ll not have the right permission to write down to the consumer listing.

Change permissions

Step 1: Proper-click in Home windows Explorer and choose the folder you want to edit permissions for.

Step 2: Click on Properties.

Step 3: Click on on the Safety tab.

Step 4: Test the names listed within the Group or usernames field. If the account you’re utilizing doesn’t seem, click on Add and sort the identify of the consumer you want to add. Skip this step if the username already exhibits up.

Step 5: To vary permissions, click on the Enable or Deny checkbox within the Permissions for Person or Group field. For the needs of fixing error 200 with the Vive, you’ll wish to enable entry.

Error 109/400

In case you see this code, it’s normally as a result of your headset isn’t connecting your GPU accurately. Double test to verify the hyperlink field and your main show are related to the identical GPU in your setup. If it’s important to use a laptop computer, ensure that the connection is utilizing a discrete GPU. Generally switching to “want most efficiency” or related settings will pressure the pc to make the correct change.

Wearing the Vive Cosmos headset.

(Error 206) Driver not calibrated

Error 206 implies that SteamVR was unable to load the calibration to your headset. To unravel the problem, you have to to reset your headset to pressure the drivers to reinstall.

Reinstall headset drivers

Step 1: Unplug the headset.

Step 2: In SteamVR, go to Settings > Reset, and click on Take away all SteamVR gadgets. Wait a second.

Step 3: Plug your headset again in and await the drivers to put in.

Step 4: If repeated makes an attempt don’t clear up the problem, Valve’s assist web site signifies you could have a defective unit, and encourages customers to contact HTC by means of the corporate’s web site.

(Error 207) Driver calibration invalid

This error is just like error 206, in that it signifies a failure of the headset calibration to be loaded by SteamVR. As such, the steps to unravel the problem are the identical.

Reinstall headset drivers

Step 1: Unplug the headset.

Step 2: In SteamVR, go to Settings > Reset, and click on Take away all SteamVR gadgets. Wait a second.

Step 3: Plug your headset again in and await the drivers to put in.

If repeated makes an attempt don’t clear up the problem, Valve’s assist web site signifies you could have a defective unit, and encourages customers to contact HTC by means of the corporate’s web site.

(Error 208) HMD show not discovered/(Error 208) HMD discovered over USB, however monitor not discovered

In case you encounter error 208 with the message “HMD show not discovered” or “HMD discovered over USB, however monitor not discovered,” attempt these potential fixes.

  • Replace your graphics card drivers.
  • Double-check the connections for all cables — these from the headset to the hyperlink field and the hyperlink field to the PC and energy outlet alike. The ability twine particularly can come unfastened after heavy use. This may be checked by taking off the detachable cable panel on the MHD by pushing it ahead.
  • Make certain the orange-tipped cords from the headset are plugged into the orange ports on the hyperlink field.

(Error 215) GPU connection failed

This normally occurs when your graphics card has an essential replace that hasn’t been put in but. Make certain your GPU is absolutely up to date. In case you have a number of GPUs, it’s a good suggestion to disable or take away all however the one you might be utilizing for Vive if this drawback retains recurring. Generally DisplayPort adapters also can trigger this subject and must be eliminated to repair it.

(Error 301) Join failed

This means that vrserver.exe failed to start out or join. Generally, that is attributable to a number of cases of this system operating on the similar time.

Kill VRServer processes

Step 1: Give up SteamVR.

Step 2: Sort Process supervisor within the Home windows search bar, and open the Process Supervisor.

Step 3: Find any cases of vrserver.exe that could be operating and give up the method.

Step 4: Run SteamVR.

If this doesn’t clear up the problem, Valve’s assist web page instructs customers to ship in a system report as detailed within the introduction to this text.

HTC Vive Pro adapter.
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(Error 302) Init failed

This error implies that vrserver.exe is experiencing points beginning up.

  • Often, this may be fastened by merely rebooting your pc and making an attempt once more.
  • If this doesn’t clear up the problem, Valve’s assist web page instructs customers to ship in a system report as detailed within the introduction to this text.

(1101 by means of 1112) USB error

All error messages between 1101 and 1112 are associated to USB failures. Reinstalling headset USB drivers can do the trick.

Reinstall headset drivers

Step 1: Unplug your headset/linkbox, controllers, and another VR gadgets you’ve got plugged into your PC.

Step 2: In SteamVR, go to Settings > Reset, and click on Take away all SteamVR USB Gadgets.

Step 3: Click on Sure.

Step 4: Give up SteamVR.

Step 5: Reconnect your headset, this time utilizing a unique USB port, and await drivers to put in.

Step 6: Restart SteamVR.

If this doesn’t clear up the problem, Valve’s assist web page instructs customers to ship in a system report as detailed within the introduction to this text.

Vive headset issues

Vive Cosmos on shelf.
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Inside-out monitoring retains messing up

The within-out monitoring used within the Cosmos requires no setup, however some gamers have discovered that the monitoring appears to skip so much or develop inaccuracies. The bottom line is in all probability someplace within the atmosphere itself. In case you are utilizing a Cosmos in a dim room, attempt turning on brighter overhead lights. If there are mirrors or reflective surfaces round, attempt eradicating them and protecting home windows to enhance the expertise. Additionally, fully clean partitions can really confuse the headset’s knowledge assortment, so having just a few fundamental objects (exterior of tripping vary) might even be a good suggestion.

Can’t play an older title on a Cosmos headset

Not all Vive video games work with Cosmos fashions, and generally bugs stop them from working correctly. HTC studies that round 90% of Viveport’s hottest titles are suitable, however outcomes might differ based mostly on what you prefer to play. Maintain checking for updates to see if bugs are fastened or extra compatibility is added.

The Vive Professional 2 has flickering or artifacts, particularly on the edges

Are you utilizing a wired connection? Attempt switching to wi-fi. If this improves the problem, then your headset might have a defective cable, or presumably a software program bug. It is a pretty widespread drawback that’s nonetheless being investigated. Contact HTC to report the problem, preserve SteamVR up to date, and play in wi-fi mode for now.

Controller batteries preserve dying

Cosmos controllers final between 4 and eight hours. That’s a lot of variance, based mostly on how usually the controller sensors should recalibrate, lighting, and the content material you might be taking part in. For now, the perfect concept is to maintain just a few AA batteries round in case the controllers begin dying unexpectedly. HTC want to provide built-in, rechargeable batteries at a while sooner or later, however that hasn’t occurred but.

Audio retains breaking apart or dying out

Cosmos fashions use built-in headphones that depend on the USB 3.0 connection. If the headphones are having issues, there’s in all probability a difficulty with that connection: Ensure you are utilizing an up-to-date USB 3.0 port and that connections are safe. Test for cable injury to verify nothing has gone flawed — the motion-oriented VR expertise could be more durable on USB cables than many different makes use of.

Controller and base station issues

Controller not related

In case you discover that your controller isn’t acknowledged by SteamVR, the LED coloration ought to offer you a clue about what to do.

If blue

When the controller LED is strong blue, it implies that the controller is just not connecting to the PC efficiently. You will want to re-pair your controllers. To take action, navigate to SteamVR > Settings > Gadgets > Pair Controller.

If crimson

If the controller’s LED is strong crimson and the controller is unresponsive, attempt resetting your controller.

Step 1: Concurrently press and maintain the set off, menu button, trackpad button, and grip buttons.

Step 2: Maintaining these buttons held, plug your controller into your PC through Micro USB.

Step 3: After plugging it in, wait 5 seconds after which launch the buttons. Your PC will seem to discover a new storage system. Ignore this immediate and unplug the controller.

Step 4: After this, the controller shall be reset, and may now be working correctly.

If mild is just not on in any respect

If the LED is displaying no coloration, meaning the controller is just not turned on. Press the system button to activate the controller. If the controller doesn’t activate, then your controller must be charged. Plug your controllers into an outlet through the Micro USB and energy adapter. Whereas the controllers are plugged in and charging, the LED will show totally different colours:

  • Orange — the controller is charging.
  • Inexperienced — absolutely charged, controller turned on.
  • White — absolutely charged, controller turned off.

Controller Trackpad is twitchy or oversensitive.

In case your controller is a bit squirrely or troublesome to make use of, it possible must be calibrated or the firmware must be up to date.

Step 1: In SteamVR, navigate to SteamVR > Gadgets > Replace Firmware.

Step 2: Flip off the controller by holding down the System button till the LED turns off.

Step 3: With the controller turned off, press and maintain the set off and grip button.

Step 4: Whereas persevering with to carry the set off and grip button, press the system button. The controller ought to flip again on. When it does, it’s going to make a unique noise than the standard power-on noise.

One or each Base Station LEDs received’t change from blue

This typically implies that the Vive base station is having problem stabilizing. Vibrations or motion could cause this error to happen.

  • Make certain the bases are securely mounted. If caught to the wall, tighten all screws and the retaining nut. If on tripods, be sure that actions on the ground aren’t sending vibrations by means of the body.

The Base Stations received’t depart standby mode (LEDs dim inexperienced)

In case your Vive Lighthouse base stations received’t get up from standby, do that:

  • Unplug the bottom stations after which plug them again in once more.
Front of the Vive Pro logo.
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Base Station LEDs are strong or blinking purple

This implies the bottom stations are having problem seeing each other.

  • Attempt transferring something that could be blocking the Vive base stations. Together with your self. Observe any on-screen directions from Steam VR if crucial.
  • Make it possible for the bottom stations are tilted at an angle that lets them see one another and the play house.

The bottom station LED is off

If the LED on the Vive base station is just not lit up, meaning the bottom station is just not receiving energy.

  • Make certain the facility twine is plugged in.
  • If the bottom station is plugged into an outlet however not powering on, attempt a unique outlet.

Base station optical sync points

Points can happen along with your base station whereas making an attempt to sync. Listed below are some suggestions to verify they’re arrange correctly for optical sync.

  • Double-check your base station firmware is updated. Go to SteamVR > Gadgets > Replace Firmware.
  • Ensure the trail between base stations isn’t blocked, to allow them to see each other.
  • Don’t set the stations too far aside. They must be inside 16 ft of each other.
  • Ensure the bottom stations are set to the right modes. Press the mode button on the backs of the stations in order that one station is ready to “b” and the opposite “c.”
  • Take into account mounting the bottom stations increased up, to be sure that your actions within the place house aren’t interrupting their view.

If all of the above standards are met, the bottom station LED ought to flip strong inexperienced when synced. If it nonetheless doesn’t, attempt utilizing the Sync Cable.

Step 1: Packaged with the Vive field is an extended, elective cable. Plug this cable into the bottom stations.

Step 2: Push the mode buttons on the backs of the stations till one station shows “a” and the opposite “b.”

Step 3: If accomplished accurately, the bottom station LEDs ought to now be strong inexperienced.

Software program and headphone issues

System icon flashing inexperienced in Steam VR

Which means that a number of of your gadgets are usually not monitoring correctly (or in any respect). It needs to be simple to rectify the issue.

  • All gadgets must be in view of not less than one base station. If they don’t seem to be, modify your setup so all gadgets could be seen.
  • Ensure the bottom station is absolutely powered on and synced. The bottom station LEDs shall be inexperienced if all the pieces is on and dealing accurately.
  • Make certain controllers are on and charged. The LEDs needs to be inexperienced.
  • Make certain the headset is accurately plugged in. The LED needs to be inexperienced.
  • Test all of the firmware is updated. If not, take into account upgrading it. Observe the on-screen directions to take action.

Corrupt or lacking SteamVR recordsdata

An incomplete set up might trigger corrupt or lacking recordsdata. You must ensure that your set up is absolutely intact.

Step 1: Exit SteamVR.

Step 2: Go to the Steam desktop shopper.

Step 3: Navigate to Library > Instruments, and right-click on SteamVR. Choose Properties.

Step 4: Open the Native Recordsdata tab.

Step 5: Choose Confirm Integrity of Software Cache.

No sound when utilizing the Vive headphone port

In case you’re not getting any sound by means of your headphones, headset, or audio system then you definately’re not alone. There are many issues you may attempt to get your Vive audio working.

No sound when utilizing USB headphones with the Vive’s further USB port

In case you discover there’s no sound coming by means of your headphones and also you’re plugged into the additional USB port, right here’s what to do:

  • Ensure the Vive is receiving audio from Steam VR. In Steam VR, right-click and choose Settings > Audio. Within the Set Playback System drop-down field, choose HTC-VIVE.
  • Home windows is probably not sending audio to the Vive headset. Proper-click the Quantity icon within the Home windows job tray and choose Playback gadgets. Choose HTC-VIVE-0 and set it because the default system. If the Vive doesn’t seem from this record, attempt choosing Present Disabled Gadgets and Present Disconnected Gadgets.

Sound stops taking part in whereas plugged into the Vive headphone jack

A couple of individuals have had hassle with the sound slicing off whereas plugged into the Vive headphone jack. There are some things price checking to convey it again.

  • Ensure SteamVR remains to be open and operating.
  • The headset could also be in standby mode. Transfer it to verify it wakes up.
  • To keep up audio playback, even whereas the headset is asleep, right-click the Quantity icon within the Home windows job tray after which choose Playback gadgets. Choose 2-USB Audio System, and set it because the default system. If the Vive doesn’t seem from this record, attempt choosing Present Disabled Gadgets and Present Disconnected Gadgets.
  • If the above strategies don’t clear up the problem, attempt utilizing a USB headset together with the Vive’s further USB port.

Static electrical energy when utilizing earbuds

In case you get a shock shock out of your Vive whereas utilizing earbuds it’d simply be static. This usually isn’t indicative of a difficulty, as a buildup of static or minor static shock doesn’t essentially imply your Vive is malfunctioning and isn’t trigger for fear. It may, nonetheless, be annoying.

  • Valve notes on its assist web page that this normally happens in a lot the identical means static shock builds from one thing like, say, socks on carpet or a balloon rubbing on hair.
  • Attempt utilizing anti-static sprays and lotions, and put on clothes made from pure fibers to scale back the buildup of static electrical energy.
  • Dry environments are significantly vulnerable to this, however utilizing a humidifier needs to be enough sufficient so as to add moisture to the air and forestall any static buildup.

Vive exhibits as your pc’s principal monitor after an improve

Lots of people have discovered that, after upgrading to Home windows 10, Vive exhibits as the pc’s principal monitor – not precisely a really perfect state of affairs. Luckily, it’s very simple to repair. Simply disconnect your headset for the hyperlink field, and reboot your pc. When your pc is completed rebooting, reconnect your headset cable to the hyperlink field. All the pieces needs to be advantageous now!

Your Vive retains skipping frames it doesn’t matter what you attempt

If that is taking place with all the pieces you attempt, it’s in all probability due to how your pc is controlling the show. There are plenty of settings that may trigger this, however some of the widespread is night time mode. Test your pc and ensure no night time mode settings are enabled. Additionally be sure to aren’t operating another varieties of software program that intentionally change how your pc’s show appears to be like.

Variable brightness or photographs that preserve darkening

Newer headsets just like the Vive Professional 2 might expertise some issues with their computerized brightness changes. Customers might discover that the display screen switches brightness ranges in a distracting means, or instantly darkens when wanting in a selected path, making visibility an issue.

In case you discover this can be a drawback, go to SteamVR settings. SteamVR not too long ago added a common brightness slider to regulate brightness manually. You might also wish to see if there are in-game choices for adjusting the brightness.

Vive Wi-fi Adapter issues

Close-up of Vive Pro headset.

The HTC Vive Wi-fi Adapter is without doubt one of the finest upgrades you can also make to your VR expertise for room-scale play, however the expertise isn’t error-free.

No energy to the headset

In case you discover that your headset doesn’t work or energy on in any respect with the Vive wi-fi put in, attempt these fixes.

  • Make it possible for the battery is plugged into the Vive Wi-fi adapter through the USB cable.
  • Make certain the Vive Wi-fi adapter is plugged into the Vive headset with all three cables.
  • Make certain the battery is charged. Press the button on it to test.
  • Press the button on the battery, adopted by the button on the Vive Wi-fi Adapter to show them each on.

In case you have accomplished the entire above, attempt operating the Vive Wi-fi connection software program once more, then launch SteamVR.

Caught initializing

In case you discover that the Vive Wi-fi connection utility will get caught on “Initializing,” or any of its different middleman steps, there are some issues you may attempt that ought to repair it.

  • Just remember to aren’t over-extending the wi-fi transmitter/receiver. The coaxial cable for the wi-fi transmitter/receiver could be prolonged by an extra 2M, however past that, you might be more likely to face issues. It’s additionally price ensuring that it’s a high-quality coaxial cable that you just’re utilizing.
  • Make it possible for the Vive Wi-fi Adapter is inside visible vary of the wi-fi transmitter/receiver. 30ft is concerning the most vary they need to be aside.
  • Attempt altering the PCI-Specific card to a unique PCIe slot.

If none of that works, attempt the next:

Step 1: Seek for System Supervisor within the Home windows search field and choose the corresponding consequence.

Step 2: Discover the Intel Wi-fi Gigabit VR Adapters and click on the arrow subsequent to it. Proper-click the Intel Wi-fi Gigabit W11100 VR System and choose Disable.

Step 3: Now, proper click on on Intel Wi-fi Gigabit W11100 VR System and choose the “Allow” choice.

After that, you may attempt to run the Vive Wi-fi utility once more. If all the pieces goes based on plan, it ought to now discover your headset.

Gray display screen throughout play

  • Test the Vive Wi-fi Adapter to verify it’s not too sizzling. If the adapter exceeds most temperature limits, it’s going to flip off and halt your VR functioning till it cools off sufficient to start out once more. You preserve cool temperatures by adjusting your thermostat to a decrease temperature, pointing a conveyable fan immediately on the adapter, or strategically planning breaks in utilization.
  • Give your batteries a full cost. In case your batteries are quick approaching a low cost, your gaming expertise will turn out to be sluggish and erratic. 
  • Make certain that there’s a clear and visual path between your headset, the receiver, and the transmitter.

Regardless of the kinks in connecting VR headsets to your gadgets, VR headsets are in excessive demand, gaining recognition by the minute. We’re assured that this text supplies you with thorough tips to evaluate and resolve any future issues you could have with HTC Vive.

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