Retropie Community Images (short Read)

So I built a RetroPie machine in my last project and configured it to my tastes now I must admit I am missing having some Arcade games on it and Mame is just really confusing with different emulators needing different rom versions different Bios files and it just ends up with you getting one huge

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So this is really were the RetroPie community is great as there is places to grab other peoples created RetroPie images but there is some downsides I will get into that later of course but for this I have grabbed an image from Arcade Punks (www.arcadepunks.com)

So lets get to it

Backing up 

Of course I was not about to wipe my existing Retropie install and my configuration that would be a disaster waiting to happen and I would scream as it took 4 weeks to setup. 

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So time to fire up Win3 disk imager 

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I had my file backed up before writing this piece so I created this image just to show the imager the basics of what I did with it was tell imager where my SD card reader with my SD card was and then press the red button to get imager to create a raw 32GB image file (Its usually around 29.7GB once completed)

Music choices….

And then let it go and listen to my music collection which started with Zoes one and only hit Sunshine On A Rainy Day (it was used in an Amiga 500 advert in 1991 for the cartoon classics bundle)

aWhat an infectious smile 🙂

Anyway Zoe and my music choices aside it took a good 30 min to back up my MicroSD card which is not too bad it probably could be quicker but for some reason my 32in 1 Lexar pro 3.0 card reader has decided it does not want to work with windows anymore now Linux it of course loves it so thinking it May be a cable problem but with my card backed up I now needed to move to my ThinkPad.

Shifting to my Thinkpad

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Now my ThinkPad would be my ultimate workstation if only win3 disk imager worked and it had a bigger HDD than its 256GB one because I could not get a 1TB drive to fit thanks to Lenovo keeping the Bizarre small drive bay format which means 9.5mm thick heads won’t fit if its 9.0mm you can jam it in which is what happened with my x220i.

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Anyway other than that its perfect as I have access to Easeus Partition master 1.10 I am not going to go over partitioning in this piece in any great detail there is lots of videos on how to do partitioning and how it works on PC at YouTube.

So you can see my drive configuration on my ThinkPad above the bar at the bottom is showing my main HDD which is a 250GB 7200rpm drive and the other one is my SD Card I am going to delete both partitions and create a new partition in FAT3 so I can use etcher again and write the new image to my SD card

Time to Etch The Image

And after about 10 mins in Easeus Partition Manager I am ready to etch the new image to my SD card….

Yep you guessed it I hit another problem the image was on my desktop PC and for some reason my survivor memory stick decided it was not going to work on my ThinkPad as for some strange reason it was not being given a letter assignment under windows so it would not appear a quick fix in Partition Master fixed it though

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and after about 10 mins in Easeus Partition Manager I am ready to etch the new image to my sdcard….

Yep you guessed it I hit another problem the image was on my desktop pc and for some reason my survivor memory stick decided it was not going to work on my thinkpad as for some strange reason it was not being given a letter assignment under windows so it would not appear a quick fix in Partition Master fixed it though

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It took a while to etch via the thinkpad as its only got a 2.30GHZ Core I5 but still its not bad and after veryifying it was ready to go and i dropped it in the PI

Checking out this Image 

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The first things that come with this image is it runs on a Debian distribution rather than the Raspbian that the image from RetroPies website comes with.

Default Theme

Now back to the image itself the theme is not one of my favourite emulation station themes and I tried it out for a while and just grew tired of it so this will likely go and I will likely switch over to the Tronkyfran Theme which I like and is really popular I also hate the splash screen when booting up so that will be replaced as well.

What I Really Like

But there are things I really like in this image including the bios folder is much cleaner than my own image and most of the games that have on my own image been on it but there are a few tweaks I will make here too many to mention on here to how I want them to look Other than that I can work with this image easily and give it a thumbs up! And it was actually fun to play the arcade games on this image of which there are over 600 nice.

Advice and Cautions

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Downloading custom images will always come with risks because you don’t know what to expect and how they are set up so try and use respectable sites like the one I use as they often give videos where the image is shown off.

Ebay


be careful on sites like eBay where people are selling game SD cards these are usually quite expensive if you are going to get one this way just check the sellers rating like other items and read what others have to say.

Viruses

Virus wise it’s pretty unusual to see viruses on RetroPie or pi distributions partly because Linux is requires a higher software understanding than windows and mac does because it runs a lot of stuff through scripts and files are usually on a source like Github or Source forge. 

Final Words

That about sums up community images and a look at Damasos v2 RetroPie image a quick note here I have since writing this replaced the image with Damasos 32GB V5 image as there is less compatibility issues and its more up to date.

Until next time 

Tim.


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