Alright to walk this through step by step, I load up my Quest (I don't know if the size matters but the 32 GB one but I play through the PC), set my boundary, reset my view so I'm centered, and then plug my Quest into my PC via a 3rd party link cable. I enable the transfer of data between my Quest and my PC and click Enable Link or whatever the little button on the taskbar in Quest OS says to launch me to my desktop (stopped paying attention to what it said long ago. I just know rectangle next to status of my devices put me in happy place). Once that's set and loaded, I click the VR button on Steam to load into Steam VR. Once I'm in, I select what game I want to play and bam here we go.
So this started happening about a week ago but I'll just be mid game and suddenly my vision will go black for like half of a second and suddenly I'm looking at the Quest menu. Not like the Oculus software on my PC. Like as if I'm not linked to my PC but the button will pop back up like not even a second later to enable link again. Now if I could just click the button and be put right back to where I was, I'd be like okay whatever that's a dumb little hiccup. Instead, I have to pull the headset up, take off the controllers, navigate my PC, and click the Steam prompt to either quit or restart Steam VR because my device was disconnected. At first I thought this was maybe just crashes but I will see on one of my monitors my game still running happily, even my friends waving in my face wondering where the hell I went but my HMD won't display anything, not even the Oculus Home software, I can't press the Oculus button to bring up the taskbar, just no interaction.
So I have to click restart Steam VR, wait for that to load, my headset to start displaying things, load my game up, rejoin my friends and it'll happen again in some arbitrary amount of time, not usually more than 15 minutes is when it can happen again and I assume you get it's frustrating.
Like is something wrong with my HMD? I tried a couple spare cables I have lying around and all give me the same result. Just half of an hour ago, I even tried wrapping the cable around my neck (I absolutely strangled myself trying that lmao) and leaving some slack for the connection to the cable and played very gently but it just did all of that again where it blacked out for half of a second and popped me back up to the Quest OS menu, with the enable link button popping up quickly after.
I'm really not sure what changed from the point of purchase to a week ago when I started having issues. Software update? Oculus being more egregious with pushing their $80 cable when a regular 3rd party cable was working just fine up until this point? I just wanna play some damn VR games with friends. Any suggestions for things to try would be appreciated, or if anyone knows exactly what's going on, I'd love to know so I can hopefully get back to playing.