Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

alejo
Builder

Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

Hello! 
How can you connect the Vive Pro to a Backpack PC? 
As the cable is proprietary, will HTC manufacture an adapter?
Thank you!

Vive Staff

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

@alejo, We are currently exploring potential linkbox and cabling solutions designed backpack PCs in mind. 

 

Do you have a specific model of backpack PC that you are trying to use with the Pro?


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brianleake
Contributor

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

We just got an HP Z Backpack and VIVE Pro, and can't connect it up!  Would really appreciate a cabling solution that would work with this awesome backpack PC.

ksarma
Settler

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

@VibrantNebula We'd also love to know if there will be a solution for the HP Z backpack (or any other vendor's backpack) -- we have a commercial training product and we'd like to switch to using Vive Pros for our customers, but can't make the switch until there is a backpack compatible option

PaulR
New Arrival

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

I have a MSI VR ONE backpack PC and the only thing stopping me upgrading to the VIVE PRO is the cabling issue so a solution would be geat.

enkizu
Contributor

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

I am also interested in a solution to this. I have an HP Omen X Backpack computer, with a only a mini displayport on the PC itself. So I actually had to by a new cable just to connect the link box at all (mini displayport to mini displayport).

brianleake
Contributor

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

Enkizu - did you actually manage to get it working?  I tried a few adapters with the HDMI port on the Omen backpack and couldn't get it to work.  Did you end up connecting a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable instead?

enkizu
Contributor

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

I tried a few things but this ultimately worked: I bought a male miniDP to male miniDP cable and replaced Vive Pro cable (miniDP to DP), plugging it in between the link box and the top of the Omen X.

 

Its not a common cable, I found it on amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0777RKTJB/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

alejo
Builder

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

Hi @VibrantNebula 
thanks for your answer, looking forward to the solutions you mentioned. 

I want to use the Vive Pro with the MSI VR One. Cheers

transfinitych
Contributor

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

Any news about this topic? We have the HP Z and want use the vive pro. Any estimated date for the adapter or short cable solution?
Vive Staff

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

@transfinitych, I have no official updates to share at this time unfortunately. 


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EnterRealityVR
Pioneer

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

Any possible additional solution? I have aMSI VR One and I have both a HDMI and Mini-Display port available, but since the Vive is plugged directly inside the HDMI, I suspect that the Mini-Display port is not "plugged directly" into the graphic card, so since I'll get the Pro in a couple of weeks I need to know if there are any news related to this issue or if there is a hacky solution in order to use it without buying a workstation just for the Vive Pro.
Vive Staff

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

@EnterRealityVR, Are you saying that you think that the mDP is connected into onboard graphics as opposed to the GPU proper? That would be surprising. You should be able to quickly confirm what chipset drives that port by reaching out to MSI. The issue will more likely be supplying power to the linkbox and overall cable management. I wouldn't see anything that would prevent you from using one of these backpacks as you would use a normal workstation in a worst case scenario. 

 

We're still working with other OEM partners on solving for backpack PC's and will publicly share any new developments that may arise. 


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EnterRealityVR
Pioneer

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

I did some test, basically trying to use the mini display port to see if the Vive works, using the HDMI for the monitor.

It turns out that although the Vive is recognized, SteamVR gives me a "Compositor is not available" error 400, so I suspect that the mini display port do not allow the use of the Vive.

 

I will ask directly MSI a clafirication on that and if its possible to solve the issue, mostly because it will make backpacks obsolete if a solution won't be found in short time, since...you know, you can buy the Vive Pro right now and you can't use it for this reason.

If you have any news please share them when you can

EnterRealityVR
Pioneer

Re: Vive Pro adapter for backpack PCs

I reached MSI support, but they won't be available ( at least in Italy ) for at least a week, so I contacted another department asking for clarifications, so I'll wait for their response.

Reading the specification of the MSI VR One I can see that all 3 possible output ( HDMI, Mini Display Port and Type C ) supports 4k@60Hz ( see attached image ), so I guess I'll buy an adapter for also the Type C and see if it works...and let's hope it will

Specs.JPG