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    So I bought a Raspberry Pi and installed RetroPie [Discussion Thread]

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    So I'd been umming and ahhing about a Raspberry Pi for some time. I'd pretty much seen everybody banging on about them and just how great a device they were for such little money. Peanuts in fact now I actually look at it and what I have (somehow) managed to allow it to become.

    I'm in no way a expert when it comes to PCs and unfortunately can never claim to be. Infact, I actually use Apple computers for my everyday tasks and would be pretty much lost in Windows now (I've never used anything above Windows 7).

    Anyway, so I ordered this Raspberry Pi Starter Kit from Amazon for £49.99 [Link] (other versions are available, but I decided to stick with a complete package of the Pi 3 B model) with the sole intention of gearing myself up for some retro gaming with RetroPie, and my God am I so glad I did. If you're into your retro games and you've been thinking about doing this, I fully urge you to do so. In fact, even if you have never intended to do it, just do.

    http://blog.petrockblock.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/RetroPieSplashscreenBlue.jpg

    There are numerous guides on the internet displaying how to set up RetroPie on a Pi3, but I'd suggest your first step would be to check out this page so you can get a clearer view of what's in front of you with the installation and everything else will just filter off with YouTube video's and/or simple Google searches.

    GitHub suggests that to get started with a RetroPie setup you're going to need -

    Raspberry Pi (A, A+, B, B+, 2, Zero, or 3) - for best performance use a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
    Raspberry Pi Case (optional but recommended)
    MicroSD Card (see compatible SD card list here)
    • MicroSD Card Reader (For installing retropie from your computer)
    • HDMI cable or 4 Pole RCA to 3.5mm Cable (HDMI works best)
    Television or Computer Monitor- really any screen with HDMI or RCA ports
    Wifi Dongle or Ethernet Cable (Wifi is built into the Pi 3- see wifi dongle compatible list here)
    5V 2A Micro USB Power Supply (2.5A for pi 3)
    • USB Keyboard and Mouse (to get things set up or you can use SSH)
    • USB Game Controller of your choice (or you can get the Control Block to use original SNES controllers)

    (I've highlighted in bold what comes with the Starter Kit I pointed out earlier)

    To get RetroPie onto your SD Card you will need to download one of the images from the RP Page (versions for the Pi 0/1 and the Pi 2/3 are present on the website, make sure to download the correct one)

    So here's how I did it. My knowledge is limited, so I will use the above websites wording to provide a better understanding

    Install RetroPie Image on SD Card

    To install the RetroPie SD image on your MicroSD card. (You may need a MicroSD card reader to plug it into your computer)

    For Windows you can use a program called Win32DiskImager
    For mac you can use Apple Pi Baker
    For Linux you can use dd command or Etcher

    Note RetroPie is built on top of Raspbian (a linux based OS for the Raspberry Pi) and as such the partition on the SD card is EXT4 (a linux filesystem) which is not visible on windows systems, so the card will show up as a smaller size than usual and you wont be able to see everything on the card, but it is all there. You will be able to access the filesystem over the network as described in the transferring roms section below.

    You'll notice when you first boot Emulation Station that there are actually no systems displayed on the screen. Don't worry, this is perfectly normal and the systems will only show once the relevant ROMS have been added to their correct folders.

    Due to the nature/complexity of Copyright/Intellectual Property Rights Law, which differs significantly from Country to Country, ROMs cannot be provided with RetroPie and must be provided by the user. You should only have ROMs of games that you own.

    http://blog.nilsbyte.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/gameslist_snes.png

    There are three main methods of transferring roms:

    USB

    (ensure that your USB is formatted to FAT32 or NTFS)
    first create a folder called retropie on your USB stick
    plug it into the pi and wait for it to finish blinking
    pull the USB out and plug it into a computer
    add the roms to their respective folders (in the retropie/roms folder)
    plug it back into the raspberry pi
    wait for it to finish blinking
    refresh emulationstation by choosing restart emulationstation from the start menu

    SFTP (needs an active network connection)


    Wired (needs ethernet cable)

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    Wireless (needs wifi dongle) There are many SFTP programs out there, for windows many people use WinSCP for mac you can use something like Cyberduck
    winscp

    Default username: pi

    Default Password: raspberry

    You can also log in as root if you wish to change more files than just the roms, but you first need to enable the root password which is explained here

    Samba-Shares (needs an active network connection)

    if on windows type \\retropie into the computer folder. You can also replace retropie with your Raspberry Pi's IP address
    samba

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    if on MAC OS X open finder, select "Go" menu and "Connect to Server". Type smb://retropie and hit "Connect".


    And it really is as simple as that. You're looking at around 20 minutes maximum from start to end for a RetroPie setup.

    It's worth noting that you will need a USB keyboard and/or a USB gamepad plugged into the Pi to navigate the menu system.

    48 Comments

    Lost me at Pie Buzz, mmmmmmm

    Thanks for this Buzz. I was using a a pi about a year ago as a very basic NAS server, but replaced it with a slightly before Netgear ReadyNAS. The pi has been sat in a cupboard unloved for months now, so I think I'll give this retropie thingy a go

    This is a fantastic introduction! I've just read through it all and makes me want to take the plunge and buy a Pi myself! I'll definitely refer to this when I eventually get one. Thank you for spending the time to write this.

    SuperEd

    Can i play Nintendo Switch games on it or do i need a £70 controller?

    All jokes aside, nice thread and been playing around with RetroPie myself, big thanks!

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    I will point out that scraping roms (aquiring cover art and info) was an absolute nightmare using EmulationStation's inbuilt scraper. I had a look around and the SSScraper (by Steven Selph) was highly regarded, and a much faster experience. You can check out a YouTube tutorial here.

    There's some interesting setups using retropie.

    Saw this one yesterday - https://imgur.com/gallery/sP0dj

    [img]i.imgur.com/RnG…jpg?1[/img]
    Edited by: "RossD89" 20th Jan

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    RossD89

    There's some interesting setups using retropie.Saw this one yesterday - … There's some interesting setups using retropie.Saw this one yesterday - https://imgur.com/gallery/sP0dj[img]http://i.imgur.com/RnGQ3K4.jpg?1[/img]



    That looks amazing. Unfortunately, I think my knowledge was capped with the above info, and even then I couldn't really relay it in my own words

    But I have seen some great examples of the Pi in use, and not just limited to gaming. It really is a great device for so little money.

    BuzzDuraband

    That looks amazing. Unfortunately, I think my knowledge was capped with … That looks amazing. Unfortunately, I think my knowledge was capped with the above info, and even then I couldn't really relay it in my own words :DBut I have seen some great examples of the Pi in use, and not just limited to gaming. It really is a great device for so little money.



    Yea, I definitely wouldn't be able to do that either X)

    They are great little machines. I don't have one (yet), but I'm tempted to get one.

    Always like the look of these:
    https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/picade
    Especially the 10inch version. But a bit expensive.

    Really need to get myself one. Cheers for guide buzz.

    manc80

    Always like the look of these: … Always like the look of these: https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/picadeEspecially the 10inch version. But a bit expensive.



    WANT!

    Hi Buzz, got mine this week

    I got the starter media package by the PiHut via Amazon.

    Just dual booting at mo with Raspbian and Libreelec (Kodi). Fantastic little box and I'll be adding RetroPie v'soon, just wanted to know how well the little thing would deal with 1080p vid first (set audio as pass-through to let AV amp do all the audio decoding), and how well the Flirc (use any remote to control) worked with it as I had one from my now defunked media PC. The Flirc works great btw

    Wish I'd got the pi ages ago, don't know why I held off so long.

    Edited by: "udhuk" 20th Jan

    geebeegooner

    WANT!



    Pretty sure you could create this yourself for half the cost, but having a kit is great for a time-limited, fat fingered, bodger like myself

    Edited by: "manc80" 20th Jan

    Still trying to get an old ps3 controller working with this (pi3 has bluetooth built in) got it working with the pi2 with a poundland bluetooth dongle. Don't ask me how it's done though!

    It also a works a treat with Kodi (especially with a hard drive plugged in)
    Edited by: "fuzzydunlop" 20th Jan

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    fuzzydunlop

    Still trying to get an old ps3 controller working with this (pi3 has … Still trying to get an old ps3 controller working with this (pi3 has bluetooth built in) got it working with the pi2 with a poundland bluetooth dongle. Don't ask me how it's done though!



    I've succeeded mate. Give me half hour I'll go into detail.

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    fuzzydunlop

    Still trying to get an old ps3 controller working with this (pi3 has … Still trying to get an old ps3 controller working with this (pi3 has bluetooth built in) got it working with the pi2 with a poundland bluetooth dongle. Don't ask me how it's done though!



    This video should help mate. It just required you to install the PS3 drivers which are already present in EmulationStation

    fuzzydunlop

    It also a works a treat with Kodi (especially with a hard drive plugged … It also a works a treat with Kodi (especially with a hard drive plugged in)



    Also works fine on a wired network, and media being served up from a server (I use OS X (hackytosh) on my server machine). I did run into problems with SMB file sharing (known problem), it did work but only with guest account and no password, but have now set it to use NFS locked down to a single ip.

    ​Built a Raspberry Pi 2 I had lying around with RetroPie for my nephew for Christmas. Designed and built this case to go with it:

    Lego PiStation

    Wish I had one myself now!
    Edited by: "EcumenicalMatter" 20th Jan

    Best post I've seen here in a long time. Excellent work, BuzzDuraband!

    Got my son one for Xmas, retro pie was the first thing we installed! He loves it, and doesn't know that secretly I bought it for me really

    majestic2012

    Best post I've seen here in a long time. Excellent work, BuzzDuraband!


    Came here to say exactly the same

    Well done, that lad!!!

    Great guide! Bookmarked if I buy one!
    Really want to build a piBoy though quite expensive

    Getting one of these next week!

    What controllers are people using? I'm getting a couple of snes gamepads but also hoping to hook up my xbox one controllers - anyone used theirs (via cable or wireless)?

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    owenjt

    Getting one of these next week!What controllers are people using? I'm … Getting one of these next week!What controllers are people using? I'm getting a couple of snes gamepads but also hoping to hook up my xbox one controllers - anyone used theirs (via cable or wireless)?



    I've had great difficulty with an Xbox One S controller over Bluetooth, no matter what I tried it just wasn't having it. Finally settled on a Dualshock 3 controller that paired perfectly. If you manage a X1 controller, please do let me know how

    Just about to try setting mine up now. Stupid question No.1. I paid to have noobs on an sd card with the Pi. Do I need to install Retro Pie on the same SD card or should I save it on a separate usb?

    HXCMARC

    Just about to try setting mine up now. Stupid question No.1. I paid to … Just about to try setting mine up now. Stupid question No.1. I paid to have noobs on an sd card with the Pi. Do I need to install Retro Pie on the same SD card or should I save it on a separate usb?



    Install it on a separate SD card.

    miikeyblue

    Install it on a separate SD card.



    Thanks. That random micro usb to usb adapter that my father in law bought me, for no reason whatsoever, will now be of use!

    I think I'm giving up for tonight. I feel like I am getting nowhere with this. I have the retropie on another SD but my pi zero isn't booting up with it in.

    I am using a pretty old basic sandisk 1gb micro sd. Is that the problem or have I installed it incorrectly?

    I have the SD card that came with the RPi. I only want to use it as a retropi and so should I just wipe that and put retropie on there instead? I assume I can put the standard os back on there pretty easily.

    Any help is appreciated.

    HXCMARC

    I think I'm giving up for tonight. I feel like I am getting nowhere with … I think I'm giving up for tonight. I feel like I am getting nowhere with this. I have the retropie on another SD but my pi zero isn't booting up with it in. I am using a pretty old basic sandisk 1gb micro sd. Is that the problem or have I installed it incorrectly?I have the SD card that came with the RPi. I only want to use it as a retropi and so should I just wipe that and put retropie on there instead? I assume I can put the standard os back on there pretty easily.Any help is appreciated.


    Why dont you you copy the contents of the original SD card (noobs) on to your PC, then you could use the SD card however you want (ie retropi)

    solid

    Why dont you you copy the contents of the original SD card (noobs) on to … Why dont you you copy the contents of the original SD card (noobs) on to your PC, then you could use the SD card however you want (ie retropi)



    Sounds like a solid plan. Back to it. Thanks

    BuzzDuraband

    I've had great difficulty with an Xbox One S controller over Bluetooth, … I've had great difficulty with an Xbox One S controller over Bluetooth, no matter what I tried it just wasn't having it. Finally settled on a Dualshock 3 controller that paired perfectly. If you manage a X1 controller, please do let me know how


    Did it worked wired? I've got the original xbox one controller. Been reading various forums on making this work via bluetooth - looks like it can work but only with certain controller models.

    solid

    Why dont you you copy the contents of the original SD card (noobs) on to … Why dont you you copy the contents of the original SD card (noobs) on to your PC, then you could use the SD card however you want (ie retropi)


    Because Windows can't see most the card so whatever you copy would be missing most of what it needs to would be useless. You could take a full image with win32diskimager. But again, it's just wasting space as you can just download noobs and burn it to the card anyway, and you'd have the latest version then.

    https://s30.postimg.org/hyuxots8h/arcade.jpg

    Here's what I did with my raspberry pi w/ retropie installed
    Edited by: "Leech" 23rd Jan

    BuzzDuraband

    I will point out that scraping roms (aquiring cover art and info) was an … I will point out that scraping roms (aquiring cover art and info) was an absolute nightmare using EmulationStation's inbuilt scraper. I had a look around and the SSScraper (by Steven Selph) was highly regarded, and a much faster experience. You can check out a YouTube tutorial here.



    ​Second this notion, used the inbuilt scraper and it froze my unit to the point I had to start from scratch! Avoided doing it again, but will check this link out, thanks!!

    How is the Dreamcast and PSX emulation? Assuming eveything before that works perfectly, including N64? What filters can it handle to make our older games look a little better on our modern tvs?

    Got mine setup and it's awesome! For anyone who doesn't have a USB keyboard and thinks they'll have a go at doing it without (called 'headless') - don't bother! I tried and wasted hours!

    Has anyone managed to setup Retropie and Raspbian on the same SD card?

    Just out of curiousity, but how long does it take to set up one of these things (assuming that you don't know much about the actual hardware itself etc)?
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