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Author Topic: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?  (Read 1661 times)

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #80 on: January 14, 2019, 07:01:03 am »
Tried to install it on my laptop (GT555M) last night.  I didn't plug it in beforehand and followed the instructions to the letter.

No dice. It's still stuck at the compositor error and holowview assist also crashes.  Was hoping to learn something useful that could be shared.  No such luck.  This thing is random.

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #81 on: January 14, 2019, 02:03:22 pm »
Hopefully the firmware update will fix the issue.  I can't get it to run on my laptop either.  It seems like there should be a way to manually start the compositor.... it's just a process running in the background according to task manager. 

Something of note that may or may not be useful is the fact that if you turn direct mode off, the headset shows up as a secondary monitor again and the compositor error returns.  I doubt that will be useful for getting it working, but it means that you can, for example run a virtual boy emulator on the second screen and if it's positioned properly You'll get stereoscopic 3d.  With some effort I could probably get some older games to work that way as well.  Steam VR is supposed to have a "desktop theater" mode, but I haven't been able to find it.  I think some of the features in steam vr are tied to the vive controllers. 


Btw I couldn't get the oculus stuff to install.  It throws up a random error or something when it's 99% done with the install. 

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #82 on: January 25, 2019, 11:52:25 pm »
If you guys are still interested in these the update today seemed to have made the goggles more stable.  HomeVR now works right, no crashing.... and even a slight performance boost.  I'm going to try installing on my laptop when I feel better. 

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #83 on: January 26, 2019, 07:52:34 am »
Thanks for the heads up.  I'm still messing around with it.  I gave up on trying to get it to work on my laptop.
The compositor error went away on my desktop after updating the video card drivers.  I think the reason it is still there on the laptop is that the 555M just doesn't support it.

I bought the "Android" version to tinker with.  It sucks bad.  The "android based" OS is called Nibiru and it cannot access the google play store.
It has a built in app store, but all the games remind me of the crappy knockoff games that come with the "250 games included" handheld or mini arcade toys at walmart or target.
You basically move your head to steer or aim in all the ones I tried.  But the character or shot doesn't line up with where you are looking, you basically use your head as an analog joystick.  :censored:
I think there is some way to get actual android apps through a website called Aptoid, but it's a shady mess that I haven't worked my way through.
One review I found of the Nibiru OS said that most android apps they tried didn't work well anyway because they require a touchscreen to put them into VR mode.
There is a mouse peripheral available, but I'm not buying it.
The menus are low-res and jaggy when angled.  The built in browser resembles a cell phone browser from 15 years ago, when cell phone screens were square and low res.
Its only saving grace is that Kodi is available on the included app store.  It's missing options for screen adjustments and such, but I was able to install add-ons and it all works well.

I tried to play 4k video from microsd, USB(using a USB3 drive), and internal memory.  Same freezing and audio issues across the board.  1440 plays fine, which is the stated native resolution.
Drift is really bad and it will only let you reset the position to a place far enough away from the current position that the menu won't overlap.
So you end up having to move the menu way far in some other direction and then back to where you wanted it.
Luckily Kodi just stays locked in position.
Last gripe is that you can't leave headphones plugged into it or they won't work when it boots up.  They must be plugged in after it has already booted up.
Overall, I do not recommend unless the price goes down and the primary purpose you want it for is Kodi.

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #84 on: January 26, 2019, 01:09:09 pm »
I figured out what my problem was on my particular laptop, but I haven't tried to fix it yet.  You know where it draws power from the usb port?  My laptop doesn't supply enough, even when plugged in.  I'll have to try it with a powered hub. 

  
 

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