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#1 myl0r   SKYRIM! CAGiversary!   2036 Posts   Joined 10.2 Years Ago  

Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:23 PM

Not sure if this is the right area....sorry if it's not

I just got myself a Raspberry Pi 3b and downloaded the Retro Pie image for it.

I'm pretty new to this sort of thing, anyone got some awesome setups/ideas for using this?



#2 evilw0n   Deals & Games CAGiversary!   1805 Posts   Joined 12.2 Years Ago  

Posted 13 January 2017 - 04:12 AM

Mame...Kodi....plethora of others.  What are your interests?



#3 sasquatc4   CAG in Limbo CAGiversary!   1682 Posts   Joined 6.1 Years Ago  

Posted 13 January 2017 - 10:10 PM

^

For a retropie setup thats pretty much it, install all the emulators you want, you can install kodi direct from the retropie setup menus to handle all your media center needs.  The other thing Ive done with mine is manually setup moonlight so then you can basically have it act as a steamlink and stream all your desktop games



#4 Richard Kain   The Kaiser CAGiversary!   2625 Posts   Joined 11.5 Years Ago  

Richard Kain

Posted 19 January 2017 - 10:50 PM

RetroPie is a fairly nice package. It includes the RetroArch emulator/front-end with a fairly nice skin to it. If your objective is playing some older emulated titles, it will pretty much do you proud. And a Raspberry Pi 3 should have all the power you need for most of the available emulators. You might start to see some performance hitching once you get into the PS1-era consoles. But I've tested RetroPie on a Raspberry Pi 2 and had great performance for Sega CD titles. Anything prior to that should run great.

 

When you refer to "setups and ideas" I'm assuming that you mean the physical application. RetroPie itself handles most of the software side of things. For a physical setup, I would say either make a custom console, or rig up your own mini-arcade. I made a custom console for my brother a year ago, and had a lot of fun doing it. I was able to rig up LED-buttons for the power, reset, and blue-tooth setup. It took a little bit of coding to pull off, but it was all in Python so it wasn't that difficult. Wiring them up to the GPIO pins was nifty.

 

If you are a bit more ambitious, you could create a custom arcade setup, with the arcade controls wired directly into the GPIO pins. This takes a little more doing, but is entirely possible.



#5 sasquatc4   CAG in Limbo CAGiversary!   1682 Posts   Joined 6.1 Years Ago  

Posted 20 January 2017 - 03:53 PM

actually a pi3 is alot more powerful, you dont really hit emulation issues until you get into specific consoles. PS1 games run perfect, some n64 games run ok and others not (just takes alot of tweaking and picking the right cores), just takes alot more power for n64 since the emulation is more complicated.  Dreamcast on the other hand, which was more powerful than both of those, runs perfectly playable in most scenarios save for a few instances

 

Just dont try to play any saturn games, those arent even playable on a modern desktop



#6 Richard Kain   The Kaiser CAGiversary!   2625 Posts   Joined 11.5 Years Ago  

Richard Kain

Posted 20 January 2017 - 05:12 PM

Just dont try to play any saturn games, those arent even playable on a modern desktop

Well, yeah! The Saturn has always been an emulation nightmare, and is still one of the most difficult legacy consoles to enjoy. If you don't have the original hardware, you're generally out of luck. And acquiring some of the peripheral requirements aren't easy.

 

I really liked adding a mouse/keyboard to my RetroPie, and running Scummvm. It's a convenient way to enjoy some classic point-and-click adventures on a big screen. It's good to hear the power on the Raspberry Pi 3 is so robust. On the 2 I would have occasional issues with some SNES titles and settings. I don't often even bother trying to run N64 titles, as my retro setups frequently don't include an analog stick. Trying to play the N64 without an analog stick is just a bad time.



#7 spacegundam0079   Itchy, Tasty ... CAGiversary!   1417 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 06:16 PM

If any of you fellow cag's could help out this in over his head cag it would be greatly appreciated . Im trying to build my kids a Retropie. Ive downloaded Noobs V2.3 and Retropie latest version. Now when it boots up the OS comes up for Noobs but I cant find Retropie much less run it. In a word HELP !! Thank you



#8 sasquatc4   CAG in Limbo CAGiversary!   1682 Posts   Joined 6.1 Years Ago  

Posted 08 March 2017 - 04:12 PM

If any of you fellow cag's could help out this in over his head cag it would be greatly appreciated . Im trying to build my kids a Retropie. Ive downloaded Noobs V2.3 and Retropie latest version. Now when it boots up the OS comes up for Noobs but I cant find Retropie much less run it. In a word HELP !! Thank you

You need to download the retropie image, and flash that to an sd card.

https://retropie.org.uk/

 

They also have an installation guide thats easy to follow:

https://retropie.org...t-Installation/

 

If your on windows you just need the win32diskimager program to write the rpi img. Put it in your pi, and let it boot up. After that its all configuration.

 

Most of the stuff you will initially have to deal with will be in the text/oldschool looking retropie menu which is found separately in the menus. From there you can setup wifi, install extra emulators, and Im not sure if the latest retropi images do it but it used to not auto-expand and there was an option to do so. Once you get networking going you'll want to see if there is an 'expand to fill' type option since by default it may only be using 4gb of your whole sd card

 

After that, as long as your on windows, the easiest way to transfer is via samba share. Retropie automatically sets up samba shares on the pi so all you have to do on your windows box is go to \\retropie. From there you should see roms/bios/etc directories that you can copy your games to



#9 luan87us   I am cheap! CAGiversary!   1839 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:11 PM

If you want it as easy as possible I would recommend a prebuilt image that has the emulators you want. Attract mode builds are very eye candy with snaps ans video preview of consoles/games. You can easily google these prebuilt img files. I sugguest madlittlepixle images. They are very well built. Then you just follow above instructions to get it on sd card to start playing.