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Deciphering and resolving common SteamVR Error Codes.

Deciphering some common SteamVR error codes can be tricky. Learn how to fix common issues with the SteamVR app.

If you’ve run into any issues while using SteamVR, then you know how difficult it can be to find a solution to a problem. Due to the support for several different headsets and a range of complex features, it can be extremely difficult to troubleshoot any bugs.

Luckily, error codes are one of the easiest ways to diagnose a problem. If you’re having trouble, it’s helpful to know a few common SteamVR error codes.

Let’s analyze these errors in order and learn how to eliminate them.

Error 108 – Headset not found

Error 108 has become increasingly common in recent months. It is caused by problems finding the VR headset. However, the ambiguity of this message means that it may be difficult to find a solution, since the problem may be related to both software and hardware. We recommend reading a more detailed description of headset problems in order to find the right solution.

Error 113 – The registry path is not writable

This error code is caused by issues with the user’s write permissions in SteamVR. In order for SteamVR to save data to the correct paths, make sure you have set permission to write to your computer’s user directory.

Error 200 – Driver failed

Error 200 appears after problems with the OpenVR driver and is often associated with insufficient user permissions. It can also be caused by conflicts in the SteamVR driver directory. If you manually added unapproved files or drivers to this library, you should remove them.

Error 206 – Driver not calibrated / Error 207 – Incorrect driver calibration

Both of these errors are caused by calibration issues that occur when the calibration file cannot be loaded from the headset. If this issue occurs, Valve recommends following these steps.

  • Disconnect the VR headset from the computer;
  • Open the SteamVR desktop app;
  • Open the SteamVR dropdown menu. Go to Settings > Reset;
  • Click Remove all SteamVR USB devices;
  • Connect the headset and wait until the drivers are automatically reinstalled.

If the issue persists, this may indicate a defective headset. In this case, contact the headset manufacturer for more information.

Error 208 – HMD display not found

This error is the result of the VR headset display not being detected. To fix it, check all connections between the headset and the PC. If you’re using an HTC Vive, make sure your cables are properly connected via the included Link Box.

Error 300 – SteamVR failed to initialize for unknown reasons

Error 300 is a fairly rare SteamVR error, and if it does appear, it can often be fixed with a hard reset of the computer. With such a vague error message, it’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem.

A large number of users who repeatedly encountered error 300 found out that privileges were the source of this problem. Running Steam as an administrator may fix this issue:

  • Navigate to your Steam installation folder (often C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam);
  • Right-click Steam.exe;
  • Select Properties;
  • Go to the “Compatibility” tab;
  • Check the “Run this program as an administrator” box.

Error 301 – Connection Error

Error 301 is a relatively common error caused by the inability to start or connect to vrserver.exe. This often happens if the executable is already running, which can be determined using the built-in Windows Task Manager. If vrserver.exe is running, exit the process and try starting SteamVR again.

Error 302 – Initialization error

This error is caused by problems starting vrserver. Try restarting your computer and try opening SteamVR again.

Errors 1101-1112 – USB error

Errors 1101 to 1112 are the result of USB failures, likely caused by driver issues. If they occur, we recommend following these steps:

  • Disconnect the VR headset and all related accessories from the computer;
  • Open the SteamVR desktop app;
  • Open the SteamVR dropdown menu. Go to Settings > Reset;
  • Click Remove all SteamVR USB devices;
  • Reconnect the headset by switching between different USB ports;
  • After detection, wait for the automatic reinstallation of the drivers.

SteamVR won’t fully launch

While SteamVR error codes are a great way to troubleshoot issues, they are completely useless when an application refuses to launch. Common causes are incorrect SteamVR settings or software conflicts that can be fixed with a dedicated guide – SteamVR on Windows 10/11 – Troubleshooting Guide.

Are you still experiencing problems?

If none of the suggested solutions resolve the issues, Valve recommends submitting a system report to the SteamVR mailing list. To create a system report, follow these steps:

  • Open vrmonitor;
  • Go to the “Advanced” panel and select “Browse”;
  • Click “Generate System Report” to generate a report;
  • Select “Save to File” to save the report to the location of your choice.

Did our troubleshooting tips help you? Or are you still experiencing problems? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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