I’ve recently received my Pimax 5k+ and I am using it with the HTC Vive Basestations and Controllers (v1.0).
My current problem is that the base stations are permanently powered on and there seems no way to change that, at least while using the Pimax 5k+.
Reason for that:
To be able to activate the Standby mode of the lighthouses and telling them to shutdown/power on every time when SteamVR starts at least the breakout box of the HTC Vive has to be connected. Why?
Apparently, within the breakout box there is a Bluetooth chip hidden which communicates with the lighthouses. So far, this would be okay for me just to let it be connected while letting the HTC Vive HMD disconnected. But!
If I only connect the breakout box with my PC (with HDMI, USB, and Power) I see within the SteamVR Settings that the ‘Bluetooth Service’ [roughly translated] is not available. So what went wrong?
I’ve reinstalled everything, tried out a lot, at the End I only got SteamVR to recognize that there IS a breakout box connected with the necessary Bluetooth connection by also connecting the HTC Vive HMD and this is not a solution for me.
There are now some possible ways to solve this, but before I consider them I wanted to ask if someone has a solution already.
Just accept that they have to be powered on/off by hand (does this damage them?)
Using Smart Home power sockets to activate them manually but at least remote.
Find a way to get SteamVR to recognize a 3rd Party Bluetooth Dongle to communicate with the lighthouses even if there is no breakout box.
Find a way to get SteamVR to recognize the Bluetooth connection of the breakout box even if the HTC Vive isn’t connected.
Find another Bluetooth dongle which supports the communication with the lighthouses (from Broadcom) and writing my own Tool to send the commands to them. Any references for this is appreciated.
P.s.: I also found out without the breakout box and the HTC Vive it’s not possible to upgrade the firmware nor it’s being shown within SteamVR that there is an available firmware update to be installed.
I have tried for many days to get this working, including external usb bluetooth, but nothing works.
As soon as the vive is disconnected and you reboot your PC then you will get the steamvr error bluetooth service not available.
The only way to get it working as intended would be a request to the SteamVR developers.
I suspect there is some communication between the headset and the breakout box, probably for the bluetooth phone intergration, without that communication bluetooth seems to be unavailable
There has been a few threads on here about it and reddit, but no one has found a solouction.
I’ve encounterd a post by a user here that he’s never turned them off and everything is fine.
If you want to risk it why not but sooner or later one of the components will wear out.(could be a lot of hour or not)
For Light house firmware updates will likely need to connect them for the time being directly to the pc.
As for recognizing a different Bluetooth might be possible as to get original Wii Motes to connect to pc you had to install Toshiba bluetooth software & edit it’s config file with your bluetooth driver name.
So in theory something similar might be possible.
@twack3r i think posted the type of motors in LHes are okay to leave on as it reduces wear & tear from power up & down?
Yes, they are using HDD motors so it is literally best practice to keep them running rather than stop and go, which those motors are not designed for.
Still, there are many reasons one would want to be able to power manage them via bluetooth, particularly having the ability to upgrade fw wirelessly. It’s beyond me why the original linkboxes cannot be used for that functionality, as it did work back in October 2018. It’s something Pimax need to address with Valve directly and asap imo.