After a long period of use, Oculus Quest 2 has a tendency to display a blank screen. This has happened to many users, usually after a reboot or a new software update. Many people are forced to reset the entire headset. But today we’ll try to look at other ways to fix your headset before a complete reset. So, here’s how to fix Oculus Quest 2 stuck on a black screen after the update.
How To Prevent This Issue?
1. Update Device Drivers
- The Oculus Link black screen or not the working issue could also be caused by a driver issue, particularly if your graphics driver and USB driver are incompatible, faulty, or outdated.
- Specific drivers are also required for your Oculus devices. To keep your Oculus device in top shape and to improve the performance of your VR games, you should update the drivers on a regular basis.
- You can manually update your device drivers by visiting the manufacturer’s website and looking for the most recent correct driver. However, only use drivers that are compatible with your Windows version.
2. Adjust Resolution
If your Oculus Link continues to display a black screen, it’s possible that the high resolution is too demanding for your rig; in this case, try lowering the settings.
- Unplug your Oculus Quest or Rift from your computer.
- Navigate to the Oculus installation folder, which is usually C: Program FilesOculus.
- Navigate to Support > oculus-diagnostics. Then, launch the OculusDebugTool.exe program.
- Reduce the Encode Resolution Width or set the value based on Oculus’ recommendations. (Many users resolve the issue by increasing the Encode Resolution Width to 2784.)
- Restart your computer to make the changes take effect.
- Restart your Oculus headset and reconnect it to the PC.
3. Disable In-Game Overlay
Disabling the in-game overlay feature can often make your games or programs run more smoothly. So you could try it as well. We’ll show you how to do this specifically on GeForce Experience in the section below.
- Navigate to GeForce Experience.
- In the upper right corner, click the cogwheel icon.
- Disable the in-game overlay.
4. Opt Out Of Public Test Channel
According to Oculus official support, if you enroll in the Public Test Channel, Oculus Link may not function properly. That means you’ll be testing a beta version of the Oculus software, which may be unreliable and more prone to the black screen problem.
It is recommended that you opt out of the Beta mode, and here’s how:
- Start Oculus Link.
- Navigate to the Beta tab by selecting Settings in the left pane.
- Toggle the switch next to Public Test Channel off.
5. Use Dedicated Graphic Card
Otherwise, the black screen will appear unless you plug your Oculus headset into the dedicated graphics card. If the connection is correct but you are still unable to use Oculus Link, proceed to the steps below to configure the NVIDIA settings.
- Select NVIDIA Control Panel from the context menu of any empty space on your desktop.
- Select 3D settings > Manage 3D settings from the left pane.
- Navigate to the Program Settings section. Then, from the drop-down menu, select your Oculus app and then the High-performance NVIDIA processor.
Do remember to restart your Oculus Quest after you apply any of the fixes mentioned above.
Hopefully, one of the solutions above will help you resolve the Oculus Link black screen/not working issue. If you have any further questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments section below.