Digital actuality (VC) headsets are all the craze as of late. They provide a extra immersive expertise to the gaming world. HTC Vive – the “king of digital actuality” – does simply that, however the VR system comes with its drawbacks. 

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

Points offered 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 gentle on the headset. That is normally the results of both a USB or a driver problem.

Doable fixes:

  • Before everything, be certain 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 proper slots on the hyperlink field; from there, the hyperlink field’s USB and HDMI needs to be plugged into the PC, and the ability 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 distinct outlet.

When you’ve accomplished that, if the difficulty nonetheless persists, there are a variety 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 ability 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 ability and USB twine again into the Hyperlink Field. In the event you see a notification within the taskbar {that a} driver is putting in, anticipate it to complete.

Step 4: Relaunch SteamVR. Take into account 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 laptop

Step 1: Stop SteamVR and reboot your laptop.

Use a distinct 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 shifting 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 > Common, 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 Units and click on Sure when prompted.

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

In the event you’ve tried each repair detailed above, it might be that your USB chipset is inflicting the difficulty. Examine with Steam’s support page for additional rationalization of appropriate USB chipsets.

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(Error 113) Path registry not writable

That is normally on account 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: Examine 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 person you want to add. Skip this step if the username already reveals up.

Step 5: To alter permissions, click on the Permit or Deny examine field within the Permissions for Consumer or Group field. For the needs of fixing error 113 with the Vive, you’ll wish to permit entry.

(Error 200) Driver failed

This error message signifies that the OpenVR driver failed. In the event 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 person 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: Examine 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 person you want to add. Skip this step if the username already reveals up.

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

Error 109/400

In the event you see this code, it’s normally as a result of your headset isn’t connecting your GPU accurately. Double examine to verify the hyperlink field and your major show are related to the identical GPU in your setup. If it’s important to use a laptop computer, be certain the connection is utilizing a discrete GPU. Generally switching to “choose most efficiency” or related settings will drive the pc to make the correct swap.

(Error 206) Driver not calibrated

Error 206 implies that SteamVR was unable to load the calibration to your headset. To unravel the difficulty, you will have to reset your headset to drive 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 anticipate the drivers to put in.

Step 4: If repeated makes an attempt don’t clear up the difficulty, Valve’s assist web site signifies you’ll have a defective unit, and encourages customers to contact HTC through the company’s website.

(Error 207) Driver calibration invalid

This error is much like error 206, in that it signifies a failure of the headset calibration to be loaded by SteamVR. As such, the steps to resolve the difficulty 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 anticipate the drivers to put in.

If repeated makes an attempt don’t clear up the difficulty, Valve’s assist web site signifies you’ll have a defective unit, and encourages customers to contact HTC through the company’s website.

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

In the event 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.
  • Ensure 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. Ensure your GPU is totally 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’re utilizing for Vive if this drawback retains recurring. Generally DisplayPort adapters may also trigger this problem and should be eliminated to repair it.

(Error 301) Join failed

This means that vrserver.exe failed to start out or join. Generally, that is brought on by a number of situations of this system working on the identical time.

Kill VRServer processes

Step 1: Stop SteamVR.

Step 2: Kind Activity supervisor within the Home windows search bar, and open the Activity Supervisor.

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

Step 4: Run SteamVR.

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

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(Error 302) Init failed

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

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

(1101 by 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 every other VR gadgets you could have plugged into your PC.

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

Step 3: Click on Sure.

Step 4: Stop SteamVR.

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

Step 6: Restart SteamVR.

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

Controller and base station issues

Controller not related

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

If blue

When the controller LED is stable 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 > Units > Pair Controller.

If crimson

If the controller’s LED is stable 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 by way of 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 machine. Ignore this immediate and unplug the controller.

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

If gentle is just not on in any respect

If the LED is displaying no colour, which means 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 by way of 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 — totally charged, controller turned on.
  • White — totally 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 probably must be calibrated or the firmware must be up to date.

Step 1: In SteamVR, navigate to SteamVR > Units > 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 would make a distinct noise than the standard power-on noise.

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

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

  • Ensure 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 the body.

The Base Stations received’t go away 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.
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Base Station LEDs are stable or blinking purple

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

  • Attempt shifting something that could be blocking the Vive base stations. Together with your self. Comply with any on-screen directions from Steam VR if crucial.
  • Ensure that the bottom stations are tilted at an angle that lets them see one another and the play area.

The bottom station LED is off

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

  • Ensure the ability twine is plugged in.
  • If the bottom station is plugged into an outlet however not powering on, attempt a distinct outlet.

Base station optical sync points

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

  • Double-check your base station firmware is updated. Go to SteamVR > Units > Replace Firmware.
  • Be certain the trail between base stations isn’t blocked, to allow them to see each other.
  • Don’t set the stations too far aside. They should be inside 16 toes of each other.
  • Be certain 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 greater up, to be sure that your actions within the place area aren’t interrupting their view.

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

Step 1: Packaged with the Vive field is an extended, non-compulsory 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 stable inexperienced.

Software program and headphone issues

Gadget icon flashing inexperienced in Steam VR

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

  • All gadgets should be in view of at the least one base station. If they don’t seem to be, alter your setup so all gadgets may be seen.
  • Be certain the bottom station is totally powered on and synced. The bottom station LEDs shall be inexperienced if all the pieces is on and dealing accurately.
  • Ensure controllers are on and charged. The LEDs needs to be inexperienced.
  • Ensure the headset is accurately plugged in. The LED needs to be inexperienced.
  • Examine all of the firmware is updated. If not, take into account upgrading it. Comply with the on-screen directions to take action.

Corrupt or lacking SteamVR information

An incomplete set up could trigger corrupt or lacking information. It’s essential to be certain your set up is totally intact.

Step 1: Exit SteamVR.

Step 2: Go to the Steam desktop consumer.

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 Device Cache.

No sound when utilizing the Vive headphone port

In the event you’re not getting any sound by your headphones, headset, or audio system you then’re not alone. There are many issues you possibly can attempt to get your Vive audio working.

  • Be certain SteamVR continues to be open and working.
  • Examine the headphones are positively plugged in. If utilizing the Deluxe Audio Headstrap, be certain the headphones connect with the headphone extension cable, and that that connects into the headset itself.
  • The headset could also be in standby. Transfer it to verify it wakes up.
  • In steam VR, right-click and choose Settings > Audio. From Mirror audio to machine drop-down menu, choose your required machine.
  • Be certain the Vive is receiving audio from Steam VR. In Steam VR, right-click, choose Settings > Audio. Within the Set Playback Gadget drop-down field, select HTC-VIVE.
  • If you’re utilizing audio system, right-click in SteamVR and choose Settings > Audio. Within the Set Playback Gadget drop-down field, select Audio system or USB-Audio Gadget.
  • Home windows is probably not sending audio to the Vive headset. Proper-click on the Quantity icon within the Home windows taskbar, then click on Playback gadgets. Choose HTC-VIVE-0 and set it because the default machine. If the Vive doesn’t seem from this record, attempt choosing Present Disabled Units and Present Disconnected Units.
  • Ensure the Vive’s quantity slider within the Home windows Quantity Mixer is up. Proper-click the Quantity icon within the Home windows activity tray and click on Open Quantity Mixer. Find the slider for HTC-VIVE-0 and set its quantity to 50% or so.
  • Examine the app or video games quantity. Proper-click the Quantity icon within the Home windows activity tray and open quantity mixer. Discover the sport or program you’re working, and ensure its quantity is ready to at the least 50% or so.

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

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

  • Be certain the Vive is receiving audio from Steam VR. In Steam VR, right-click and choose Settings > Audio. Within the Set Playback Gadget 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 activity tray and choose Playback gadgets. Choose HTC-VIVE-0 and set it because the default machine. If the Vive doesn’t seem from this record, attempt choosing Present Disabled Units and Present Disconnected Units.

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

Just a few individuals have had hassle with the sound chopping off whereas plugged into the Vive headphone jack. There are some things price checking to carry it again.

  • Be certain SteamVR continues to be open and working.
  • The headset could also be in standby mode. Transfer it to verify it wakes up.
  • To take care of audio playback, even whereas the headset is asleep, right-click the Quantity icon within the Home windows activity tray after which choose Playback gadgets. Choose 2-USB Audio Gadget, and set it because the default machine. If the Vive doesn’t seem from this record, attempt choosing Present Disabled Units and Present Disconnected Units.
  • If the above strategies don’t clear up the difficulty, attempt utilizing a USB headset at the side of the Vive’s further USB port.

Static electrical energy when utilizing earbuds

In the event you get a shock shock out of your Vive whereas utilizing earbuds it would 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 possibly, nonetheless, be annoying.

  • Valve notes on its assist web page that this normally happens in a lot the identical manner 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 cut back the buildup of static electrical energy.
  • Dry environments are significantly prone to this, however utilizing a humidifier needs to be ample sufficient so as to add moisture to the air and stop any static buildup.

Vive reveals as your laptop’s fundamental monitor after an improve

Lots of people have discovered that, after upgrading to Home windows 10, Vive reveals as the pc’s fundamental monitor – not precisely an excellent state of affairs. Fortuitously, it’s very simple to repair. Simply disconnect your headset for the hyperlink field, and reboot your laptop. When your laptop is completed rebooting, reconnect your headset cable to the hyperlink field. Every part needs to be effective 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 most likely due to how your laptop is controlling the show. There are a whole lot of settings that may trigger this, however one of the widespread is night time mode. Examine your laptop and ensure no night time mode settings are enabled. Additionally be sure to aren’t working every other kinds of software program that intentionally change how your laptop’s show appears.

Vive Wi-fi Adapter issues

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

No energy to the headset

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

  • Ensure that the battery is plugged into the Vive Wi-fi adapter by way of the USB cable.
  • Ensure the Vive Wi-fi adapter is plugged into the Vive headset with all three cables.
  • Ensure the battery is charged. Press the button on it to examine.
  • 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 all the above, attempt working the Vive Wi-fi connection software program once more, then launch SteamVR.

Caught initializing

In the event you discover that the Vive Wi-fi connection software will get caught on “Initializing,” or any of its different middleman steps, there are some issues you possibly can 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 may be prolonged by an additional 2M, however past that, you’re prone to face issues. It’s additionally price ensuring that it’s a high-quality coaxial cable that you simply’re utilizing.
  • Ensure that 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 distinct PCIe slot.

If none of that works, attempt the next:

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

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 Gadget and choose Disable.

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

After that, you possibly can attempt to run the Vive Wi-fi software once more. If all the pieces goes in line with plan, it ought to now discover your headset.

Gray display throughout play

The very last thing you wish to take care of in the course of a sport is a connection problem interrupting gameplay. Occasional connection points are to be anticipated, but when it’s taking place on a regular basis, there may be one thing flawed. If that’s the case for you, you may wish to do some troubleshooting.

  • Examine the Vive Wi-fi Adapter to verify it’s not too scorching. Extreme temperatures could cause it to close down, pausing your VR expertise till it reaches secure temperatures once more. Attempt taking frequent breaks, decreasing the temperature in your room, or rigging a fan to maintain it from taking place once more.
  • Give your batteries a full cost. Dwindling batteries within the Vive could cause your video games to endure, even when the batteries aren’t empty but.
  • Take away any objects that block your line of sight between the transmitter, receiver, and headset.

If something, VR headsets have gotten much more common, whatever the frustration that comes with “headset not discovered” and pairing points. After studying this text, it’s best to have the knowledge it’s essential take care of these HTC Vive issues sooner or later.

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