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Raspberry Pi Part I

It’s been a little while since the Thinkpad project was completed and this project was planned.

Well lets get this one underway.

The PI & Getting Things Ready

I am going to use a Raspberry 3B+ released in 2017 like the image one it features a Bluetooth chipset and a 1.4GHZ Quad Core Broadcom Arm CPU. The CPU is powerful enough to run most emulators.

Thankfully, I was able to get everything I needed to start this project from the net  

RetroPie Download

Linux is still pretty alien to me I have little experience with either of them. But thankfully RetroPie is so easy to download and obtain from the link below. Navigating the RetroPie site which was simple in itself I was able to quickly find the files I needed.

After downloading them on to my pc I could move on.

Website link : https://retropie.org.uk/

SD Nightmare

I thought at this stage it was going too smoothly and well it was about to get a bit more tricky.

After following the guide and grabbing the Recommended SDCard formatting tool and running it. I had nothing but problems I tried for what seemed like hours to get the tool to work.

I finally opted to do a standard format which worked fine.

with the formatting done I decided to stop for a bit and restart a bit later on the same day

Etching the image and getting the first boot of RetroPie

I was at this point wondering why the program to write the image file was called etcher. All it was doing was writing a pretty standard image file to another source nothing special in that really. 

Unlike the nightmare I had with the SD card formatting etcher was making things easy for me 3 simple steps here.

(etcher has been redesigned since I released this and is easier to use)

  1. select the Retropie image I downloaded
  2. Select my micro SD card
  3. Press the flash button

with the flash completed I thought RetroPie was out of the box ready to go. But I would soon find this was not the case.

Booting up

The first boot of my Raspberry Pi felt a bit like the first boot of the Thinkpad as I just did not know what was going to happen. I did not need to worry because it booted up nicely.

So far so good I knew I would need the keyboard shortly so I hooked up my G510 via one of the Raspberry Pi’s 4 USB 2.0 ports.

WiFi

With everything running nicely I needed to get my Internet connection detected by the Raspberry Pi so that I could start to download packages to get the likes of Amiga emulation.

Thankfully again RetroPie is so well put together it explains each option but it does not explain which one you need to use to get the Wi-Fi working.

Thankfully after a bit of hassle I found out that I needed to set the Wi-Fi country. Different countries use different radio frequencies to reduce interference and overcrowding.

Networking

By this point I had been working on the Raspberry Pi for 5 hours straight and starting to get a little tired of just working on settings.

But I also needed to get one other bit done before calling it a day by this point was enabling SSH (Secure Shell)

With this active I checked my connection with Putty (below) and I was able to log straight into my Pi.

With this checked and working I was able to move to more fun things and that is all going to come in part II of this project piece

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