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ShellEnv close down error.

hazed100
Level 3

Upon trying out one of the new environments in metas own store (as in I'm not using side quest and never have)

It loaded in and executed the change. The screen went black and it seemed to fail to load .I then got an error that ShellEnv has an error loading and after a few seconds up comes app info or close app option.

Pressing either results in black screen frozen picture of dashboard in darkness/black k screen.

It then ENDLESSLY REPEATS.

I CANT EXIT. RESET doesn't work, power down doesn't work

A hard reset holding down power doesn't work. Someone suggested holding it for 60 seconds for a "proper power reset" this does t work. It powers off long before 60 seconds tho I held it for that and even longer.

It's still stuck in ENDLESS BLACK SCREEN LOOP as it tries again and again to install the obviously broken enviroment.

What is oculus/meta doing about this? At least remove the new enviroments so others don't Tey them.

I've see. Others complaining of this issue but it seems no answer was given by oculus tech team

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hazed100
Level 3

Hey anyone reading this with the same issue and especially if you DONT have access to a PC.

Here's how I fixed this without the need for factory reset!

Use your android phone (or tablet as I assume this would work)

Download the sidequest app and if your phone supports OTG USB you can plug your phone into your headset the same way you would use a PC.

Now I don't really understand HOW this worked. I simply looked through my files on my oculus 2 using sidequest looking for anything that had "ShellEnv" on it and basically I went through each folder (most appeared empty) until I found a folder with a long list of files , one of which had the word shellenv on it. I tried to click on the file but nothing happened . I was trying to load it , as instructed elsewhere to "swap out the current location file" in it for an older one. This refered to the theme I was using . I assumed I was going to be able to pick from a list or something.

Well nothing happened . I couldn't open the file, in fact I couldn't DO anything. So I tried turning the headset on .

Well to my utter suprise SOMETHING had been changed by, seemingly, the mere process of plugging in that phone with the sidequest app running on it.

For some reason my location as I turned the headset on wasn't a black screen it was the very first location you saw when you started the oculus. I was shocked as I didn't think I'd done anything . I changed the location to the space age one (white interior of what looks like a space station) as I knew this didn't have a problem working and I wanted to make sure I overwrote the location to one I was sure was OK. I didn't want to turn off and find somehow the headset reverted to the broken location that made the headset crash.

It has since been working fine!!

I don't intend to EVER play around with the location where I start my headset in. If this is the possible result. Had I not tried the phone app version of sidequest in a vain hope it might help I would have had to factory reset and lost all my saves and had to redownload everything.

Whatever caused this error APPEARS to be a very simple fix though I confess I don't know what happened . As far as I can tell all I did was look at my headset through an app using a link cable . I didn't execute any programs with it. I explored the names of some files ,pressed one with shellenv on it , which did nothing amd then exit thinking ahh well I guess I need a PC. Only to find it fixed.

I sincerely hope this helps anyone with a similar black screen error.

Sidequest for me now is a vital app I shall be keeping on my android phone.

Good luck with yours.

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hazed100
Level 3

Hey anyone reading this with the same issue and especially if you DONT have access to a PC.

Here's how I fixed this without the need for factory reset!

Use your android phone (or tablet as I assume this would work)

Download the sidequest app and if your phone supports OTG USB you can plug your phone into your headset the same way you would use a PC.

Now I don't really understand HOW this worked. I simply looked through my files on my oculus 2 using sidequest looking for anything that had "ShellEnv" on it and basically I went through each folder (most appeared empty) until I found a folder with a long list of files , one of which had the word shellenv on it. I tried to click on the file but nothing happened . I was trying to load it , as instructed elsewhere to "swap out the current location file" in it for an older one. This refered to the theme I was using . I assumed I was going to be able to pick from a list or something.

Well nothing happened . I couldn't open the file, in fact I couldn't DO anything. So I tried turning the headset on .

Well to my utter suprise SOMETHING had been changed by, seemingly, the mere process of plugging in that phone with the sidequest app running on it.

For some reason my location as I turned the headset on wasn't a black screen it was the very first location you saw when you started the oculus. I was shocked as I didn't think I'd done anything . I changed the location to the space age one (white interior of what looks like a space station) as I knew this didn't have a problem working and I wanted to make sure I overwrote the location to one I was sure was OK. I didn't want to turn off and find somehow the headset reverted to the broken location that made the headset crash.

It has since been working fine!!

I don't intend to EVER play around with the location where I start my headset in. If this is the possible result. Had I not tried the phone app version of sidequest in a vain hope it might help I would have had to factory reset and lost all my saves and had to redownload everything.

Whatever caused this error APPEARS to be a very simple fix though I confess I don't know what happened . As far as I can tell all I did was look at my headset through an app using a link cable . I didn't execute any programs with it. I explored the names of some files ,pressed one with shellenv on it , which did nothing amd then exit thinking ahh well I guess I need a PC. Only to find it fixed.

I sincerely hope this helps anyone with a similar black screen error.

Sidequest for me now is a vital app I shall be keeping on my android phone.

Good luck with yours.

Everytime i turn on my oculus It just says shellenv keeps stoppibg,But i just downloaded sidequest and need to accept a prompt but i cant access the headset,Help

Hey there, @Zonic_Highsky! We noticed you are having issues with receiving the following error message: "ShellEnv close down error." We understand how much this can impede your gaming experience; to help us get to the bottom of this, click here. This will take you to our amazing support team, and we will try everything we can to resolve this issue for you.

Zonic_Highsky have you tried using a phone as a PC? 

I know sidequest is usually used on a PC and you plug your oculus 2  into it via USB but you can also do it via your phone if it supports OTG USB (on the go I think it means) 

I had the shellenv problem , nothing I could do would allow me to access the headset in a normal way. It just kept blacking out amd reseting constantly.

In desperation I ended up downloading sidequest on my phone and then using it I plugged in the oculus 2. You shouldn't need to access the headset in any way as everything is then done via sidequest on the phone.

As I explained I didn't feel like I actually did anything. I searched through the files on the headset and eventually found a file with shellenv on it. I couldn't execute it or seemingly do anything with it and I sort of gave up thinking I'd failed. The thing is when I put the headset back on it had reset the enviroment to the original setting and although it glitched a little graphically it seemed to completely end the shellenv error.

I hope this helps you. I can't quite understand what you meant by accept the prompt? Does this refer to something on sidequest software? I was thinking if you were using PC perhaps you can try my way. Use your phone instead. Whatever it is that fixes this error I think the mere act of plugging in the headset and looking at the files seem to be a fix. I can't remember having to "accept a prompt" of any kind so maybe this is a way around your problem. Good luck 

undercookd
Level 2

I have been having the same problem with the shellenv error but i hadn't changed my world or home what ever its called, for months its been the same rocky mount ens with hot air ballons in the sky for months on end.  

Having this exact issue with the shell env close down error. I can’t do anything with my headset. All because I chose a new home environment. Very frustrating. You mention a link for help- where is that? 

SerenityLake
Level 2

Still happening. Just made the mistake of downloading that new environment today and now I’m stuck and can’t do anything. Did anything resolve it for you? 

Hello there, @SerenityLake! Thank you for letting us know about this error you are seeing on your headset. We know how troublesome it is to have to deal with this instead of being able to experience the fun world of VR, and we would be happy to look into this further with our support team! Please follow this link here and select which issue best describes what you are facing. After that, you can choose how you wish to be contacted, and our amazing team will be happy to look into this with you!