I am trying to setup SteamVR to work on Ubuntu 16.04 with two Valve Basestations 2.0 and a HTC Vive tracker.

What I did so far is to put the two basestations 5 meters apart and looking at each other. Then, if I put the HTC Vive tracker in the middle and run SteamVR, this is what I get.

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That is, it looks like only one basestation is properly working. In fact, the room overview shows the same situation.

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We configured the null driver to disable the headset. Can this be the cause?

The headset is disabled at startup.

   "LastKnown" : {
      "HMDModel" : "Null Model Number"
   "direct_mode" : {
      "enable" : false
   "driver_null" : {
      "displayFrequency" : 30,
      "enable" : true,
      "id" : "Null Driver",
      "renderHeight" : 300,
      "renderWidth" : 640,
      "secondsFromVsyncToPhotons" : 0.10000000149011612,
      "serialNumber" : "Null 4711",
      "windowHeight" : 300,
      "windowWidth" : 640,
      "windowX" : 100,
      "windowY" : 100

How can I fix this issue and have both basestations to work?


This can be due to one of two possibilites:

  1. The tracker is too far from the headset
  2. There is no direct sight line between the headset and the tracker

Make sure it's close with nothing blocking the sensor.

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