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Headset red light, no display, disconnection every 20 seconds


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After several days of a working setup, my Vive no longer seems to display anything. (Screen is entirely dark) This happened between uses in a short time span: Things worked great, I shut the device down, took a half hour break, came back, and now the device no longer works.

 

The headset has a red light displayed. Steam VR shows a "Ready" but the headset indicator shows only a green outline. 

Every 20 seconds (like clockwork) I get the error message "Headset disconnected: Your headset's display cable has become disconnected". It only persists for about 3-5 seconds.

On Settings > USB, only the "Main Board" portion of the Headset is enabled. Everything else is blank.

 

If I unplug the HDMI display cable, then the vive's light indicator turns green, and all portions of the headset in the USB section seem enabled.

 

I've tried a number of troubleshooting tactics and nothing has helped.

 

1. Bypassing the link-box with the 3-to-1 cable directly to the PC, and also then bypassing the 3-to-1 cable with the individual cables that are normally linkbox<->PC

2. Checking and redoing all connections, removing USB drivers and reinstalling with new connections

3. Reinstalling SteamVR, Steam, and even reinstalling Windows 10.

4. Using different display ports on my graphics card (HDMI port, Displayport with HDMI->Displayport adapter)

 

I spent a couple of hours with technical support live chat, and nothing seemed to help. They recommend I send the device in for repairs -- which is frustrating, because I'd have to wait another full month to use this new toy I just spent a lot of money on.

 

I'm going to bring my headset and cables over to a friend's place tomorrow to see if it works with their PC, which should give some important data on whether it's a headsset hardware issue.

 

In the meantime, any other ideas for how I can troubleshoot what's going wrong? I can't make sense of the log statements being given on the web console, but there are log statements such as:

 

Sun May 12 2019 13:02:45.208 - App openvr.tool.steamvr_environments (vive) failed to load binding file. Input will not be availableSun May 12 2019 13:02:45.277 - App openvr.tool.steamvr_environments (vive) failed to load binding file. Input will not be availableSun May 12 2019 13:02:45.546 - [NvAPI] HOTPLUG: 0Sun May 12 2019 13:02:45.558 - Error! EventWriteString Severe: [NvAPI] Invalid frameIndex: 0 last=1935       Sun May 12 2019 13:02:45.558 - Error! EventWriteString Severe: [NvAPI] Invalid refresh: 0    Sun May 12 2019 13:02:45.564 - Error! EventWriteString Severe: [NvAPI] Invalid frameIndex: 0 last=1935       Sun May 12 2019 13:02:45.564 - Error! EventWriteString Severe: [NvAPI] Invalid refresh: 0    Sun May 12 2019 13:02:45.572 - Error! EventWriteString Severe: [NvAPI] Invalid frameIndex: 0 last=1935       Sun May 12 2019 13:02:45.572 - Error! EventWriteString Severe: [NvAPI] Invalid refresh: 0    Sun May 12 2019 13:02:45.573 - [Dismissable Warning Added] DismissableWarning_HeadsetDisplayDisconnected

 

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