HTC Vive error 208 [FIX]

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Some less fortunate HTC users have been having a harsh time trying to deal with a strange error that involves uninstalling VR drivers each time they give Steam VR a new boot. Otherwise, they get a message that says their HMD is detecting but the monitor isn’t found.

Here’s how one user describes this issue:

Ok, so I recently purchased the HTC Vive and I did a complete reformat to make sure I get the best performance out of my rig. I went ahead and did all of my windows updates and NVidia updates to make sure I was up to date before resintalling steam. I got steam installed and updated, I installed VIVE for the first time and it seems to say the headset is not connected, I am getting the 208 error code […]

Here are some simple steps you can use in order to put an end to this error and enjoy the best possible VR experience on your Windows 10 PC.

How to fix HTC Vive error 208

Solution 1 – Update your graphics drivers

  1. Depending on your GPU, go to AMD or NVIDIA’s website and download the latest drivers.
  2. Restart your PC and launch SteamVR to see if the problem persists.

Solution 2 – Enable Direct Mode on SteamVR

  1. Go to the Start menu> launch Steam.
  2. Start SteamVR by clicking the VR button.
  3. Click the dropdown arrow > go to Settings > Developer.
  4. Make sure that Direct Mode is enabled > restart your PC.

Solution 3 – Opt out of the beta version of SteamVR

  1. Launch Steam > go to Library > Tools.
  2. Right-click on SteamVR > go to Properties.
  3. Click on the Betas tab >go to Select the beta you would like to opt into.
  4. Click None> close the menu > restart your PC.

Solution 4 – Reinstall your SteamVR USB devices

  1. Unplug all cables from your PC > launch Steam.
  2. Open SteamVR > go to Settings > Developer.
  3. Click Remove all SteamVR USB Devices > Yes > Continue.
  4. Restart your PC.
  5. Plug the cables back in, but use a different port for your HMD.
  6. Launch Steam and SteamVR to see if the problem persists.

Solution 5 – Fresh Install SteamVR

  1. Launch Steam > go to Library > Tools.
  2. Right–click SteamVR > select Uninstall > click Delete.
  3. Restart your PC > follow the above steps again, but this time select Install.


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