Fix HTC Vive error 208 on Windows 10 [QUICK & EASY GUIDE]

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How to solve HTC Vive error 208 on Windows 10

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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 on Windows 10 that says their HDMI is detected 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 can I resolve SteamVR error 208 on HTC Vive? The easiest solution is to update your graphics driver. Usually, the error is triggered by outdated drivers or a faulty connection. If that doesn’t work, reinstall your SteamVR USB devices and check the HDMI connection.

For more info on how you can do that, check the guide below.

Steps to fix HTC Vive error 208 on Windows 10

  1. Update your graphics drivers
  2. Enable Direct Mode on SteamVR
  3. Opt out of the beta version of SteamVR
  4. Reinstall your SteamVR USB devices
  5. Fresh Install SteamVR
  6. Push the HDMI all the way in
  7. Other general fixes

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.

-READ ALSO: How to update outdated drivers in Windows 10

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 LibraryTools.
  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.

-READ ALSO: How to fix the ‘SteamVR Home has stopped working’ error

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 HDMI.
  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.

-READ ALSO: How to fix frequent Windows Mixed Reality issues

Solution 6 – Push the HDMI all the way in

Many HTC Vive users have this issue. It seems like some of them stumbled upon a solution that has a very good chance of success. To try it yourself, follow the steps:

  1. Unplug your HTC Vive’s power source.
  2. Remove the cover of your headset.
  3. When you see the HDMI, easily push it until you feel it go all the way in.
  4. Plug in your Vive and reconnect it to the PC.

It’s that simple. It seems like over time, while you play VR games and move a lot, the HDMI cable can be only half-way plugged in and you need to connect it properly.

Solution 7 – Other general fixes

  •  Don’t keep your Vive connected to your Windows 10 PC. Plug in the headsets main power plug only after the computer starts.
  • When the error appears, unplug the main power source of the Vive, wait a couple of seconds, and then re-plug it in.
  • Plug the headset directly into your GPU, change the USB port, and then restart your computer.

Although the issue was addressed through some beta updates from SteamVR, it still persists on some systems. Try out some of our quick solutions to fix the problem in no time.

If you’re aware of another workaround that solves the problem, please share your steps along with any other questions you may have in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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