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Oculus Rift CV1 V12 update stuttering workaround

Published on Monday 16 December 2019
Categories: General |

Oculus Rift

Last week my Oculus Rift software auto updated to a new version 12 release and straight away I found that all my games were unplayable due to frame dropping and stuttering problems and also motion tracking issues when on Oculus app version

I found a lot of other people with the same issue on reddit.com/r/oculus/ and it seems that the version 12 release can caused a lot of issues with Oculus CV1 first generation headset users.

Oculus don’t have any way to downgrade the software to the previous release but luckily on my brothers computer he didn’t have the "Automatic App Updates" option ticked and so his Oculus software was still on the previous 1.43 release which didn’t have the frame stuttering problems.

I would like to thank all the people who posted in https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/eahj7a/are_we_gonna_get_fix_for_the_stutter_issues_from/ who have tested this workaround.

This temporary fix will hopefully get your CV1 working again until Oculus fix the bugs with the latest version 12 software release.

To fix the stuttering issues on my computer I did the following:

Step 1

In the oculus software go to Settings > General > and turn off Automatic App Updates.

Oculus Updates

This stops the software from automatically downloading and installing the new updates from Oculus. On my software the "Oculus software update" is showing as "Queued" in the Library > Updates tab.

Oculus Updates Pending

Close the Oculus software.

Some users on Reddit also recommended amending the hosts file C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts to add securecdn.oculus.com to stop any further updates but I believe this also stops you downloading any new games or apps.

Step 2

Using task manager kill the 3 Oculus process that are running.

Oculus Tasks

Step 3

Make a backup of the C:\Program Files\Oculus\Support\oculus-runtime folder and then remove the contents of this folder.

Step 4

Download this file which contains the oculus-runtime folder and also the "oculus-drivers"  folder from version 1.43 and extract to a folder on your computer.

Step 5

Copy the files and folders in "oculus-runtime" into C:\Program Files\Oculus\Support\oculus-runtime

Step 6

Restart your computer and try using your Oculus Rift CV1 which should have fixed the stuttering problems.

Possible Driver Error messages

A few users have reported that this doesn’t always work with an error about driver updates and so I have included the "oculus-drivers" folder in the archive which contains the oculus-driver.exe application which seems to fix this driver error.



Disclaimer: All the files have been copied direct from the Oculus software folder and have been virus checked but I don’t take any responsibility if your computer explodes, your house burns down or something nasty happens to your Rift headset!



Robert Mansfield

26 December 2019 at 3:44 pm

This update doesn't affect just the CV1. I have the Rift S and games are unplayable through oculus after the update, I have been using steam to run my games where possible, or I don't play the ones that are oculus exclusive.

Mattias Lind

28 December 2019 at 9:03 pm

Hi Brian and thank You for the tips above. Followed it but now
I've got a " Fatal Error, Dash encountered a fatal error. Please reload Dash to continue. Press any button to reload Dash."
But then it just loops. Any idea of how to solve it?


07 January 2020 at 7:47 pm

Does not work. After following instructions and even blocking internet access in hosts, Oculus still says firmware update is required for the headset (from 2.2.0 to 2.1.1) and won't let me play anything.


13 February 2020 at 4:44 am

FYI - this DOES work, even if it says to update the firmware, do it because it should be updating it back to 2.1.1 which should fix the issue. At least, it did for me.

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