Set Up Vive Head Set on a computer


Steam (Optional unless your computer can support a Vive)
Download Vive compatibility check ViveCheck.exe

Do not disconnect the Vive setups in the classroom. You may checkout a Vive headset from the checkout for use at school.

Install this software so you can possibly connect a VR headset to your computer.
Download from:

Install Steam Now
Run SteamSetup.exe from your downloads folder to install software.
Accept license agreement

Start Steam steam_VR1 
First time use, Steam will ask you to login, you may set up an account or use the department's account: login dmaucla password UCLAdma!
This login seems to hang at school. It should work OK if you try starting your Unity project. Worse case reboot the computer.

Believe it or not more software gets installed, this time SteamVR. Wait.

Room Setup
Start up Steam, you will need the Vive equipment for this
In the small
SteamVR window, under the down arrow, select Run Room Set-Up
Click on Room-Scale
Follow the instructions for Room Setup on your computer screen to set up your room
Setup complete, click next

Testing the Vive
Put on Headset
Use the controllers to launch the SteamVR library
Run the SteamVR Tutorial

If the Vive VR is not working:

Make sure the headset and controllers are connected
Try wiggling the Headset and pressing the buttons on the controllers
Make sure the hand held controllers have charged batteries
Steam Status Utility will look like this if it is ready.

Reset Steam if you don't see all the icons
     Select the down arrow next to SteamVR unity_steam_arrow
     Select Devices->Reboot Vive headset
     There is also a menu to Run Room Setup, this should be done already

Base Station Trouble Shooting
Make sure each base station is in the correct mode for syncing
Press the mode button on the back of one base station, so that the readout on the front is "b" Press the mode button of the other base station until the readout on the front is "c".
It doesn't matter which base station is in which mode, as long as one is "b" and one is "c".

Look at base station LEDs and make sure they are solid white.
If the LED is blue, it is still spinning up and waiting to stabilize. If it never changes from blue, check to make sure the base is mounted securely. Vibrations can cause it to be stuck in this state.
If the LED is off, it doesn't have power make sure that the power cord is plugged in and your outlet isn't connected to a light switch.
If the LED is slowly blinking white, it's in standby mode. Try unplugging and replugging the base station to fix this.
If the LED is solid or blinking purple, the base stations are having trouble seeing each other. Make sure nothing is in the way.