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Does the headset screen light up if the GPU is "too slow?"

SATANHAMMER
Level 2
I recently bought a rift at Best Buy. It was supposed to be new, but after opening it I could tell it had been tampered with/used/refurbished. I was missing a thing or two, nothing important. I have tried to use it on my MSI GE72 7RD Apache Pro.

I know it may not be perfect for some games, but can I at least verify that there is no malfunction to the headset? Are there any tricks to get it up and working?
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Kratuln
Level 3
If you think it's been used when you bought it under the assumption it was new then go straight back to them and get a replacement or refund. Don't waste any time, it's an expensive device. If things are missing from it don't wait any longer or they'll likely start questioning your veracity and deny you a replacement/refund.

Do the troubleshooting after you get a replacement.

Also, the specs you listed aren't your computer specs. They seem to be taken straight from a webpage listing possible upgrades.

And just an FYI, the 1050 is below the minimum requirements. I believe the minimum is a 960. The plain old 1050 is 22% slower than a 960. I have a feeling you paid a little too much for that laptop... On your next purchase I strongly suggest asking around on trusted forums for opinions and bargain hunting. I absolutely hate seeing people get sucked in on "gaming" laptops that are not gaming level by a long shot and paying the price of a powerful desktop for an underpowered laptop that's only really good for games released in 2006 and web browsing.

SATANHAMMER
Level 2

Kratuln said:

If you think it's been used when you bought it under the assumption it was new then go straight back to them and get a replacement or refund. Don't waste any time, it's an expensive device. If things are missing from it don't wait any longer or they'll likely start questioning your veracity and deny you a replacement/refund.

Do the troubleshooting after you get a replacement.

Also, the specs you listed aren't your computer specs. They seem to be taken straight from a webpage listing possible upgrades.

And just an FYI, the 1050 is below the minimum requirements. I believe the minimum is a 960. The plain old 1050 is 22% slower than a 960. I have a feeling you paid a little too much for that laptop... On your next purchase I strongly suggest asking around on trusted forums for opinions and bargain hunting. I absolutely hate seeing people get sucked in on "gaming" laptops that are not gaming level by a long shot and paying the price of a powerful desktop for an underpowered laptop that's only really good for games released in 2006 and web browsing.


Thanks. I am going to take it back tomorrow. I saw that the minimum GPU was 1050 ti, which I figured there may be a way past. I do think there may be something wrong with the headset, as the computer screen would show VR images from the setup, and even react to the headset/hand sensors moving around. I just wanted to get a better handle on it all. I suppose it is time for me to try and become a bit more computer literate. 

nalex66
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The screen isn't lighting up because of your laptop. Not because it's too slow, but because the HDMI port doesn't connect to the GTX 1050, only the Intel onboard graphics. You might get it to work through the DisplayPort using a DP to HDMI adapter (it must be a 4K compatible one).

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