Greetings fellow pimaxians. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
I have been losing my mind lately with an odd issue with my headset which I feel I understand really, really, quite intimately, in regard to some of the older legacy piplay versions 1.x.x, and older driver, and the way in which they interact with the HMD headset. Specifically I have an issue that isn’t firmware dependent but it is piplay version dependent, a black bar is introduced which is so goddamned irritating it completely ruins my experience and i’ve managed to get rid of it before through some elaborate steps. I.e. I have a 100x version headset and I’ve tried reverting the firmware to an earlier one (100XXX_18.104.22.168 to be exact). Nothing helps, except from reverting to the legacy version and repeatedly fudging around until it works… ahhhh please help someone, im losing my mind. Let me elaborate more specifically at what the problem is, what the HMD view looks like of the issue, and the steps I’ve done to fix it before, and some of the accompanying strangeness that comes with the black lines (such as when changing Render under devices to anything else, piplay goes into video mode). I’m pretty sure this isn’t the intended affect, and, I’m pretty sure, from my own software engineering experience, something is going on, that shouldn’t be because of something or other how the software interacts and sets certain modes on the HMD. I’m guessing one mode here or there in the older legacy drivers is a bit broken, and, regardless of the firmware, can leave certain states of the headset in a buggy condition where such artifacts as Im about to show appear. I fixed it earlier today, but I believe it came back after i opened steamvr and used the ‘recenter’ button in v.1.2.97
OH GOD PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS. It’s so frustrating.
The same black line is visible in video mode, and I am sure it is software causing it somehow because i’ve fixed it before by reverting and playing around with the device settings of the pimax in the older pimax 1.x softwares.
aaaaaaaaaah I WANT TO PLAY PROJECT CARS my pimax headset is cursed, and the WORST THING IS i’ve managed to fix it but then AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
I’ve had this cursed problem before. See the image, this is exactly what the issue is. Big black line almost in the center of the headset screen. (although the images attached aren’t pictures of the headset, this simulated image is nearly exactly what both VIDEO and PIMAX mode look like).
The interesting thing is, I’ve fixed this before, by faffing around, much like as is described in this post.
‘‘I found that Piplay 1.2.57 and the 248 firmware causes some odd light
black bars in the HMD. I just spent a few hours ‘fudging’ with it, and
it now appears that it is the piplay version that was causing my issue.
Once I downgraded back to 1.2.53, the black bars are gone (but the rez
seems lower or less clear). With 1.2.57 the HMD seemed more clear, but
the black vertical bars killed it.’’
For me it is just one ‘light dark black bar’ in nearly exactly the place as the below images.
The truth is, I managed to fix it, after about 6 hours jumping between windows 7 and windows 10 months and months ago. But, I accidentally booted up the old install (I believe 1.2.57 or 1.2.97 and the black bar returned.
Today I’ve had another real go at it, but I must admit, Pimax , I’m starting to lose my mind.
Today for a brief duration I managed to fix it again after incrementally switching between PiSetup_1.2.53_x64 PiSetup_1.2.57_x64 and PiSetup_1.2.97_x64. I believe today, after about 6 hours of playing I managed with PiSetup_1.2.97_x64 install, (after uninstalling the software and services for the later versions i’d tried which all had the blackbar). The black bar disappeared for a while. The way I seemed to remmeber getting rid of the black bar was by changing to and from pimax and video mode in the old pi1.2.97 application, and to change the Render from 1.0 to 1.3x and 1.3 to 0.75x and 0.75x to 1.0x.
It’s really hard to recreate the issue, and, the black line seems to ‘stay inside the HMD’, regardless of the firmware the Headset runs, and regardless of the sotfware version. After managing to get rid of it again today by incrementing in the manners I said above, the black line had completely vanished, and i had got steamvr running without the black line, then after recentering the hmd using the pimax app, it seemed to return. I believe it is something with the older legacy versions of the application and any firmware version over 248 which causes this issue. I believe somewhere in between the software increments and firmware increments, something has happened to my headset to cause this black line to appear, it’s frustrating, having recreated the steps before and having got rid of nearly 2 or 3 times now, but I have to be very careful after using the older versions of piplay, uninstall it, and then install the new versions for the black lines to stay away. I hope that this makes sense. I am really losing my mind here, I’m wondering if pimax or anyone who is learned with the headsets might have seen this before like in the other post i point to which is incredibly similar to my own;
As I have said, I am a fairly experienced software analyst and sysad, and I know what I am doing jumping from version to version, and having succesfully recreated the steps to put the black line back by booting an older disk with the cursed earlier install, and having at least 2 or 3 times got rid of it using the render 1.0x 0.7, and 1.3x settings in piplay under ‘Device’, I believe I am getting really close to understanding what is going on.
I believe part of the bug is, that when I change the ‘render’ (which i believe used to be called IPD or similar in earlier versions of piplay), it will change pimax mode to video mode, even though all I changed was the rendering above 1.0 or below 1.0. Sometimes this before would get rid of the black line. Also, when piplay would start on the affected earlier legacy version, the headset would sometimes at least appear to startup, without the black line, and then it as if something ‘adds’ the black line, as shown in the pictures. AHHH this is so frustrating.
The really sad thing is for me, I love Pimax, and after reporting the issues I had with there being dust inside the HMD etc, and beinf refunded some case, it’s a real booger to be running into this issue again, it’s completely my fault! In the sense that I know I had fixed the bug before by ‘reinstalling’ the older legacy version that introduced these black bars, after that uninstalled it, and installed the new 2.x versions of piplay and was having a whale of a time with my pimax 4k until i bloody booted up the windows disk that had the cursed piplay driver/application - so although a pimax bug, I feel like I’ve shot myself in the foot after before really perserving to fix it. This time, after much much burden I cannot fix it, and I’m running out of ideas.
I really hope someone understands what it is that is going on, or that my experience can help someone else.
Please pimax, a penny for your thoughts? please prevent an unnecessary death of a headset, and it’s user.
Best wishes and many thanks to anyone that had the patience and bravery to read my entire farce of a post. I need help, but my pimax HMD needs love, please help it recover again. Help me remember how the hell I fixed it the previous times.