07-20-2016 11:16 AM - last edited on 08-25-2016 02:03 AM by Jad_pre
Error 208 is a common error message. When it happens, there is no display on the screen and the red LED is on. Possible solutions are listed below:
06-27-2017 10:25 AM
This is a really inadequate description of an inadeqaute error message: you're customers are not that stupid. They know they need current drivers and connect the cables in the right way. When eveything else works but the Vive won't connect, it is the Vive and its drivers.
Please, please provide more possible solutions, many more. I'm using a GTX1070 and I guess the issue with this card is different from people using an AMD.
06-27-2017 02:49 PM
As of June 16th of this year, SteamVR beta updated 1497655233 has addressed this issue.
Previously, 208 error was reported when it should have been a 108 error. Valve has corrected this in the above release.
01-29-2018 12:58 AM
02-21-2019 10:11 PM
I have been struggling with the 208 error for weeks now and nothing was working, I had tried every single troubleshooting solution out there. Today, I popped off the cover on the headset itself and saw where the cords connect to it and just to check I was pushing on the HDMI and I felt it go in all the way like it was only half plugged in. I can only guess that over time the motion of the cords in the headset can jiggle the connections loose. Once I restarted my computer the headset worked. I don't know if this is your problem but it's worth taking a look at, best of luck!
02-22-2019 02:49 PM
Always check cables first when you're getting 108 or 208 cables! Reseating is quick and often solves the problems right away.
04-20-2019 05:31 AM
Hey everyone! I literally just made an account to post my fix for this so here goes.
I tried all the usual fixes for this error after researching for a few hours to no avail, some examples of what I tried were:
None of the above worked.
Until I stumbled across a video of how to replace the vive headstap and found that there are cables you can remove at on the HMD itself.
I soon noticed that once I had taken off the cover plate that holds the cables in, the HDMI cable was loose.
After pushing the hdmi cable firmly into the HMD and placing the cover back on, a quick reinstall of SteamVR and reset of the headset made it detect! Hell yeah!
If this fixed your issue please comment! I would love to know that I helped solved others issues :)
Enjoy gaming in VR!