While the HTC Vive is arguably one of the best VR experiences to date, anyone who owns it will admit it’s not perfect. With the introduction of the headset earlier this year along with the SteamVR platform, there are still a number of minor issues that users face on a daily basis.

HTC Vive: The Ultimate Guide — Tips, Tricks, Fixes & More!

While there are hundreds of known bugs, some of them can be fixed with some relatively simple tweaks. We’ve put together some of the most common issues that can affect today’s HTC Vive users, and fixes to complement them.

  • My HTC Vive headset is not detected or not responding
  • My HTC Vive controllers won’t connect
  • My HTC Vive base stations are not syncing
  • I’m having tracking issues with my HTC Vive
  • I’m having problems with SteamVR
  • Here’s what all the LED states on the HTC Vive mean
  • I can’t hear sound through my headphones

My HTC Vive headset is not detected or not responding

One of the most common HTC Vive issues occurs when the headset fails to connect to PCs or base stations. This can often occur due to cable configuration issues or due to a headset software bug. Here are the most common solutions to this problem.

Read more: How to fix an undetected or unresponsive HTC Vive headset

Thanks to the HTC Vive’s modular design, most headset components can be easily unplugged and unplugged. This is very useful if any hardware is damaged, but adds another layer of complexity to build the system. If rebooting doesn’t help, the problem might be with your hardware setup.

  • Check connections between HTC Vive and your PC. Look out for cables that may have moved out of the connection box or the top of the headset.
  • Make sure your cables match the configuration described in the installation guide. With multiple HDMI cables and USB connectors, make sure the cables are connected to the correct side of the junction box.
  • Make sure the power connected to your outlet through the outlet. Pay attention to green status indicator on the left side of the headset to show that it is powered and ready to use.
  • Switch between multiple USB ports on your PC to ensure proper data transfer between devices. If you are using a USB 3.0 / USB 3.1 port, HTC recommends switching to a USB 2.0 port due to some common chipset issues.

If your HTC Vive is still not responding, rebooting via SteamVR will often bring the headset back into action. This can also be used to reset your headset after a freeze.

  1. Right click headset image in the SteamVR desktop app.
  2. Select Reboot Vive headset in the context menu that appears.

Restarting SteamVR, or your computer completely, is a great way to return all HTC Vive components to their original state.

  1. open dropdown menu in the SteamVR desktop app.
  2. Select Go out .
  3. open SteamVR .

My HTC Vive controllers won’t connect

The HTC Vive controllers are paired directly with the receivers in the headset itself. With the ability to connect more controllers than the first two that ship with the device, they won’t be permanently tied to a particular headset. As a result of this, controllers have been known to lose connection with the headset and need to be reconfigured to function properly.

Read more: How to fix unconnected HTC Vive controllers