lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

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lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

Does anyone has similar issue?

After firmware update from yesterday, I notice the lighthouses keep staying up even after machine shutdown.

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Settler

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

mine do that to at times. sometimes i need to unplug them  and plug them back in  then open steam vr. then they shut down when not in use. its finicky

Community

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

Hey @redcomet, the 'standby' mode can be finicky indeed - personally I unplug my lighthouses as well. Usually it's related to your bluetooth drivers, but re-installing them isn't guaranteed to fix the issue.

 

Make sure that you have your firmware up to date for the lighthouses (right click on them in SteamVR and select 'Update Firmware'). Then make sure you've turned the lighthouses off and on again, as obvious as that sounds. Beyond that, there aren't really reliable ways to ensure they go into standby mode.

Contributor

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

May I ask for an enhancement to SteamVR to have a "Go to Sleep" for lighthouses?

Reasons:

1. Who wants to unplug them everytime?

2. There is a wakeup, why not have a sleep.

3. Since the lighthouses are still connected, it should not be finicky?

Architect

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

You only have to unplug one the other will automaticly go into sleep mode. 
Invest in a remote switch that you can use to power on and off. 
Just a couple of soloutions .


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Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update


redcomet wrote:

May I ask for an enhancement to SteamVR to have a "Go to Sleep" for lighthouses?

Reasons:

1. Who wants to unplug them everytime?

2. There is a wakeup, why not have a sleep.

3. Since the lighthouses are still connected, it should not be finicky?


'Going to sleep' is what they're supposed to do. Smiley Happy

 

They're connected via Bluetooth for firmware updates, but that can be unreliable. The ball is in Valve's court on this one - SteamVR is maintained and updated by them.

Pioneer

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

Turning just the one lighthouse off and having the other go to sleep on it's own sounds a good "half way house" solution, for me.

I had everything going to sleep properly just two days ago. Then I accepted a firmware update for the lighthouses and headset. Now none of them go to sleep!

I also still have to unplug the headset to make it go off.

I hope Vive can make this work properly and consistently soon.

I don't know what the impact is of them all staying on, apart from using power.

Are the basestations constantly looking for a headset? I believe they have motors inside.

I don't want the system to wear out when I'm not using it just because it doesn't go to sleep.

 

 

 

Constructor

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

How do I know if they're in standby mode? I don't know whether mine do it or not.

Pioneer

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

I turned one off last night, but the other stayed on. Does it matter which one you turn off?

I turned off the one identified as C. Maybe if I'd turned off B instead, then C would have gone to sleep?

 

Nigel

New Arrival

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

I have updated the Base station firmware in Jan 2017 and now have the same issue.

It's quite strange that such a high tech and upwardly mobile company isn't listening to the community regarding their actual hardware, it's been quite a while since first post about this but still no response or action from HTC on it as far as I know.

 

Would be nice to hear from an HTC staff member.

 

There was a suggestion somewhere about adding a "Go to sleep button" same as there is a "Wake up the base stations" button in settings. Even that would help.

 

Pioneer

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

I should have updated my situation about this.

I have found that for me the enable Bluetooth does make the base stations turn off.

After I updated the firmware, they temporarily stopped turning off and so I de-selected the Bluetooth option, shutdown, restarted and re-enabled the Bluetooth and shutdown. Then it worked again. I am currently using the cable sync option and the shutdown still works.

It is reassuring for me that the base stations and their motors go off, when they are not in use.

Nigel

Constructor

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

Thanks, all. I wouldn't have even known they were supposed to go to sleep except for reading these forums. I turned on the Bluetooth last night and my base stations got their first night's sleep. Hope I didn't wear them out too much leaving them on for the first two months.

 

Does the Bluetooth transceiver reside in the link box? Headset maybe??

 

Just curious, are there any believers here that it is better for the base stations to let them stay on all the time? For example, I leave my computers on all the time because I know I'll be using them. I've heard it said better for electronics to leave it on. I also know that every four or five years I'll have to replace PSU but I consider that part of the territory. I know other people who are daily users that turn them on and off every time. I've heard lots of opinions both ways.

 

Any clear direction from the hardware side of the house?

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Pioneer

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

I believe the Bluetooth communcation is between the PC (Steam VR app) and each basestation.

I guess what you leave on and what you turn off depends on how often you use it, aswell as how much you are bothered with physically turning things on/off.

I am pleased the base stations sleep, since I use my VR for about 2-3 hours a day, or less. So the idea of the motors running for 20 hours a day when they are not needed, seemed a waste aswell as probably wearing them out ten times quicker. They don't turn right off of course, but the motors clearly stop as the slight vibration you feel in them when they are on, is gone.

As for other things  PC, monitor etc. it's  a call whether the saving on energy is worth the time it take to restart them. Many electronics have a 'sleep' function which kicks in and that, for me, is enough.

Constructor

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

I'm in the same boat as you, Nigel. I'm lucky to get a couple hours per day. A lot of times by the time I get done responding to a couple forum posts I am out of steam and off to sleep and don't even get to play. So yes, it is a relief just knowing that whatever little motors and lasers don't have to be blasting the room that whole time for no reason. I notice when they are asleep I do not see the field of LEDs, the a/b/c address, and I think the LED at the bottom may be a slightly different color.

 

Regarding the Bluetooth, while I agree with what you say, there has to be some hardware and I'm just wondering where it is. My PC is a desktop, not laptop, so there's no hardware inside that I didn't put there. I had such a hard time getting my Vive up & running that I'm actually too chicken to start unplugging things just to see when the Bluetooth hub disappears! I might never get it back. ...Hope my base stations wake up... HAHA

Pioneer

Re: lighthouse does not go to standby after firmware update

The Bluetooth transmission will be between the base stations and your PC. It's a two way exchange as each is both a transmitter and receiver.