Category Archives: Pi

RetroPIe!

 

UPDATE: Relocating the home folder to a USB flash drive is a much better option.  Found that folders don’t ln -s very nicely.  Editing fstab and referencing the drive by UUID is the more elegant solution.  Added bonus, can power down, plug into a PC and update the games more easily.

I’ve been playing with RetroPie this weekend on a Raspberry Pi 3.  Using iBuffalo controllers I purchased from Amazon.  The micro SD card I am using is only 8GB, however all the guides I’ve seen list a difficult method for installing games to an external USB drive.  RetroPie simply runs a Linux distribution, and as such has access to all types of fun file tools.  In this case, the easiest one I’ve found is to use symbolic links to the external drive.  This takes a little bit of work setting up ssh access and some command line kung-fu, but it is basic stuff.  Retropie expects to find the files for each system in ~/RetroPie/roms/{systemname}.  By default the first external drive is mounted at /media/usb0/.  If we take this information we can “ln -s /media/usb0/{systemname}/* ~/RetroPie/roms/{systemname}/”.    As far as the operating system is concerned, it will check the default folder and treat the files as if they were where they belonged.   All my games are already sorted by system so I just have to link each file to the default folders.

Added bonus, it’s also possible to install Kodi in RetroPie, making this an all in one system for retro gaming and media playback.

 

Raspberry Pi 3 — Finally using it

Hello again,

It’s been a long time since an update has been posted here, however this will hopefully become a weekly thing.  Today, as it is the beginning of a new year, I am going to be pulling out a piece of neglected (at least in my life) tech.  I’ve had my RaspberryPi3 since shortly after its release, however never set anything up on it more than RetroPie since all my Pi2s are running media center’s and I have a dedicated PC running my MythTV setup.  That will soon change since i feel this board should have the needed horsepower to do something fun.  Already it has been run as a RetroPie system, however I am currently missing controllers (They vanished).   Maybe a portable game console would be a great addition to my collection, but I feel it should look good too.  The 7″ lcd screen I have works well with it, but i feel I am missing some necessary hardware to make it pop.  Maybe a 3-D printer is in my future for a custom printed case to hold it all together.  Keep watching this space for updates, which should be coming more frequently.