Were you suddenly seeing Oculus Link black screen while launching your VR game or in the midst of gameplay? If so, you’re not alone.
Many Oculus users have reported this issue and they’re in search of a solution. The good news is this is solvable and no, you don’t have to be a tech ninja to fix it.
Before we dive into the solution, let’s understand what causes this problem in the first place.
Table of Contents
- Why Does My Oculus Screen Keep Turning Black?
- How to Fix the Oculus Black Screen?
- What If the Problem Persists?
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Why Does My Oculus Screen Keep Turning Black?
These are some possible explanations:
- The operating system drivers are outdated
- Your PC’s graphic card settings are misconfigured
- Oculus’s batteries are dead
- The firmware updates are stuck or got interrupted
- Failure to log into Oculus account
- Corrupt firmware
- Possible hardware damage
How to Fix the Oculus Black Screen?
The developers of Oculus haven’t disclosed any explicit workarounds to fix the problem as of yet. And no, this problem isn’t internet-related. So don’t be quick to blame your Spectrum internet or whatever ISP you are subscribed to.
For starters, you may need to try all of the remedies listed below and choose the one that works best for you. Here are potential fixes for the Oculus Link black screen issue.
Check For Driver Updates
Start by updating the system drivers. This will not just fix the black screen but also boost the performance of your system.
Follow these steps for updating the drivers:
- On your Windows PC, go to the start menu
- Type in “Device Manager” in the search bar and hit enter
- A pop-up window will appear
- Click on “Display Adaptors”
- Then, right clock on the graphics installed and hit “Update Driver”
- You will see a confirmation window pop up
- Hit “Search Automatically for Driver”
Once it’s confirmed that the drivers are updated, restart your PC and connect Oculus again. This should fix the black screen. If it doesn’t, don’t panic, move on to the next troubleshooting options on the list.
Charge Your Oculus Headsets
Check the battery status of your headsets. If the battery is slow, that could be the possible explanation.
Make sure the headset is charged. Connect the headset to a USB charger that is compatible with it and leave it alone for a bit. If the headsets are not charging, switch chargers or double-check that you’re using a compatible charger.
Because the Oculus charger generates 2A, charging with a lower amperage charger will take longer. Therefore, choose the charger accordingly.
Open the Oculus Menu
This trick may not work every time but there’s no harm in trying.
Open the Oculus menu. Try pushing the menu button on your left controller and the Oculus button on your right controller while the screen is blank. Whether this allows you to access the menu, try opening an app to see if the black screen issue is resolved.
Perform a Hard Reboot
Restart your PC completely. If the power button causes the screen to go black, press and hold the power button for at least 10 seconds.
Holding down the power button causes a hard reboot of the Oculus Quest, which can fix a variety of difficulties such as a black screen.
Adjust the Screen Resolution
If you have recently increased the screen’s resolution, this could be the cause of the black screen. Adjusting the resolution might resolve it:
- Unplug your Headsets
- From your PC, go to the oculus installation folder
- Hit Support and choose Oculus-Diagnostics from the options
- Run OculusDebugTool.exe.
- Reduce the resolution wide as per Oculus’s recommendations
- Save the changes
- Restart your PC
- Reboot the headsets and connect them again
This should solve the issue. If it doesn’t, move to the next remedy.
Turn Off In-Game Overlay Mode
Turning off the in-game overlay option might fix the black screen. to get started, follow these steps:
- Open the GeForce Experience software on your Windows.
- On the upper right corner of the screen, click the cogwheel icon.
- Turn off the in-game overlay feature
And you’re done!
Run the SFC Scan
The remedies mentioned above didn’t work for you? Your PC may have a corrupted file that’s causing the black screen to appear.
In this situation, running a System File Checker (SFC) scan makes sense. This scan helps repair all broken and damaged system files, including the one that is causing the black screen issue. Follow these steps to run the SFC scan:
- Go to the start menu.
- Open the command prompt.
- Hit run as administrator.
- A black window will appear.
- Type “sfc /scannow” and hit the enter key.
- Wait for the command to be executed.
You will be surprised to see the black screen disappearing!
Perform Factory Reset (The Last Resort)
Tried everything even the SFC scan and your Oculus is still showing the black screen? In this situation, a factory reset might be the best solution.
Keep in mind this is an extreme measure since factory reset removes all data from and returns your device to the factory state. Follow these steps for a factory reset:
- Press and hold the volume down button on your Oculus device
(10 seconds would do the work)
- Choose the “factory reset” option
- Confirm to say Yes
- Once the process is complete, hit the power button
As your Oculus starts working again, you will have to redownload everything.
What If the Problem Persists?
In rare cases, the black screen continues to appear despite the factory reset. This is an indication of a hardware failure.
Don’t take your headset to a repair shop. Contact Oculus’s support center and they should be able to help.