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RaspberryPi – RetroPie | Bat script to Reboot RaspberryPi

October 3, 2017 0 comments

If you are using your RaspberryPi / RetroPie and you would like an easy way to reboot from your computer you can easily write the following command to a Windows bat script.

If you prefer you can skip all this and download the already assembled BAT file below.

Step 1.  Open up a note pad copy the commands below.

plink -ssh -l pi -pw raspberry retropie sudo reboot
exit

Step 2.  Click on File -> Save As  (Be sure under Save as type you choose “All Files“) so it does not save as a .TXT document.

Step 3.   Now you can simply double click the bat file and I believe it will Reboot all RaspberryPi’s connected to your network.

RasberryPi Restart Script (56 downloads)

PiGrrl Zero Plus Helpful Documents

September 22, 2017 0 comments

When I was creating my PiGrrl Zero plus with sound I had several helpful documents that I made to map out the pins on the GPIO.

I was cleaning up files on my computer and before I deleted them I wanted to post them.

The picture below is the mapping of a RaspberryPi B board.

This is the wiring setup for the PiGRRL Zero Plus board.

This is a diagram I created to help easily wire everything to the GPIO.

RetroPie – The Best Products / Tutorial on Creating your own HyperPie Retro Gaming Center

April 19, 2017 0 comments

I’ve been testing RetroPie / EmulationStation / HyperPie / AttractMode custom images for months my favorite with the best interface has to be hands down HyperPie.  It could be a little laggy and time consuming finding the right ROM/Game you want.  However the different mods from running ROMs via USB, Creating a favorites list and the customizations available are endless.

First i’m going to start with all of the products that I used in my RetroPi/Raspberry Pi build.

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Kit with Clear Case and 2.5A Power Supply

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Kit with Clear Case and 2.5A Power Supply

This kit is great because it comes with the 2.5A power supply which is good for overclocking, it also includes the Raspberry Pi 3 B model, heatsinks and the case which I haven’t used.  I always switch it for a fan powered case.   $49.99  (Purchase)


Sliced 9 Layers Case Box + Cooling Fan +micro

Next I start off with 9 layer fan powered case which will keep your Raspberry Pi / RetroPie cool when you eventually overclock your device and it looks cool too!  $10.97 (Purchase)


SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC

Next you want to make sure you have a good MicroSD card.  I would stay away from buying these 2nd hand and do not buy them from eBay.  I’ve purchased several from there and they were absolute garbage in the end caused me more money and headaches.  Also if you are using HyperPie I would stick with the 128GB version or 200GB version depending on what type of ROMs you are adding the HyperPie image itself takes about 60GB.  128GB $39.99  (Purchase)


Nintendo Wii U Pro Controller – Black

I’ve tested almost every controller for the RetroPie and I always went back to using the Wii U Pro controller.  I tried controllers from Xbox, PS3, 8bitDo, etc.  The Wii U Pro controller just feels right.  I’ve left the controller hooked up to the RetroPie for a full day I came back and it was still responsive.  It’s a lot more expensive then most controllers but it’s worth.  Also beware of fake knock-off brands.  $39.99  (Purchase)


High-Speed HDMI Cable – 3 Feet

If you do not have an HDMI cable laying around you are going to need one.  Any HDMI cable will do just make sure it’s long enough for your TV.  $6.99   (Purchase)

Product Break down:

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Kit with Clear Case and 2.5A Power Supply $44.99

Sliced 9 Layers Case Box + Cooling Fan +micro $10.97

SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC $39.99

Nintendo Wii U Pro Controller – Black $39.99

High-Speed HDMI Cable – 3 Feet $6.99


Setting up your RetroPie Image

Now that you have purchased and hopefully received your products it’s time to setup the RetroPie / HyperPie image onto your MicroSD.

You will need to download the following files.

SD Formatter V4 (69 downloads) (This is to format your Micro-SD Card clean so you can begin to write the IMG file to your card).

Win32Disk Imager (59 downloads) (This is the tool used for reading/writing .img files and making them bootable for your microsd).

RetroPie - [Custom Img] - HyperPie (Mega) (824 downloads) (The main image that you will be writing to your MicroSD).