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June 15, 2016

RetroPi Setup

Recently the Raspberry Pi has released the Version 2 (Pi 2) and like most IT people, we just had to get our hands on the little fella!

So off we trotted, and got hold of a lovely Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, with a nice case and power supply, and I dug out an old Micro SD card to use.

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Excelent I thought. Its really pretty and can do so much!!……..Which leaves me with the question… What am I going to do with it??

After discussing it with a few other members of staff, I decided to take over the meeting room for a few hours and re live my childhood. I was going to install a Retro Pi! First things I had to get all the stuff sorted before I could start, including two cheap usb controllers and stealing the wireless mouse and keyboard from the meeting room.


Booted up my Windows Laptop and made my coffee.

Retro Pi here I come!

Step 1)

  • Put together the PI!
  • This should be pretty straight forward. Pi in case, cover on case.
  • Swansea Computer Repairs PI in Case 00001-scr-003 00001-scr-004

Step 2)

  • Put Micro SD into adaptor and into Laptop
  • Format Card
  • Set up Win32 Disk Imager.
  • Setting up a Pi 00001-scr-006

Step 3)

  • Install the Pi Image.
  • Extract the retropi image from the gz file. If you have trouble extracting this, download 7zip (see download links at the top)
  • Open up Win32 Disk Imager
  • Make sure the device is the SD card. This is really important so I will mention this twice.
  • Make sure the device is the SD card!
  • On the Image file, browse to the fresh extracted img file for the RetroPi.
  • Take a deep breath and “Write”
  • Swansea RetroPI Set up Swansea RetroPI Set up

At this point you have about 20minutes to wait, so off I went and made everyone a cup of coffee. No better way to keep collegues sweet then to ply them with hot drinks while you sneak off to make a retro gaming machine.

Step 4)

  • When finished, close the disk imager and eject the sd card.
  • Put the newly made image file into the SD slot on the pi!
  • Plug it all in  and fingers crossed power it on. .
  • Swansea RetroPI Boot Up

Step 5) also known as: The niggley bits!

  • Booting up
  • Setting up the Controller, I only bought a cheap (Very cheap) SNES looking controller from Amazon, but it works. The Emulation software can use PS3 controllers (USB) which gives you all the extra options such as the joystick parts (or the “Nubbin Controllers” if you ask my Girlfriend).
  • The second thing to do, is to go into the options and expand the SD card. The image will only show a few hundred megs on the card, instead of the GIGs available, so by running that command you can now store all the opensource and freeware roms you can fit.
  • Swansea RetroPI Controller Swansea RetroPI Controller Setup Expanding the SD Card Boot Screen

Lets reset and play!

Step 6) also known as :The Sound Issue!!AHGHGHHGHH

  • So after loading it up and choosing to play Doom (Comes pre-packaged with the Emulator) I noticed something…no sounds!
  • This following fix I did via my PC so if you have a linux machine I will write out the instructions I used. If you have a windows machine I will attach a the instructions but I have not tried it that way.
    • 1)Make sure its connected to the same network
    • 2)Find the IP address (in my case it was you can do this from the menu on the PI
    • 3) Boot a terminal, and SSH into the PI
 ssh -l pi</p>
<p>Accept the warning<br />
password is standard on all Pi (raspberry)<br />
sudo nano<br />
/boot/config.txt<br />
this will open up a config file for you to edit.</p>
<p>uncomment (delete the '#') hdmi_drive=2</p>
<p>this will force it to use the HDMI cable connection.<br />
Press Control-x<br />
Press y<br />
Press [enter]<br />
sudo reboot<br />
      • After exiting the editor, restart using the command

<br />
Power down the Pi<br />
Yank out the sd<br />
card and put it back into the windows machine<br />
use Notepad and open up the config.txt file found in the /boot/ directory<br />
delete the '#'<br />
infront of the hdmi_drive=2<br />
save<br />
eject the card and put back into the pi<br />
Power on.

SSH into a Raspberry Pi 00001-scr-015

Step 7) Try again!


    • SUCCESS!!!!

You will also notice that the card contains a folder structure in “roms” to put correct games into the correct folders. Have fun! Time to relive my youth!



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