Here are a few impressions of the Maker Faire Hannover 2013.Read More »
Welcome to petRockBlock!
This site is about various topics from the world of microelectronics, tinkering, software development, and other related topics. If you are interested in tinkering projects with the Raspberry Pi you can also find our gadgets here.
Here, we also have presented the idea of a universal gaming machine that have led to the origins of the RetroPie Project, the popular retro-gaming project for the Raspberry Pi.
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This is a guide that describes how to get started with the RetroPie GPIO Adapter. It is organized as a step-by-step guide: Starting with the sole components and the PCB the hardware assembly is described in the first part. The second part then guides you though the software topics by describing how to test the button and how to enable …Read More »
A new section in the forum was recently opened where you can browse and share your custom-made splash screens for your RetroPie installation. You can easily upload your own custom splash screen there, so I would like to encourage you to be creative and share your designs with us!Read More »
An SD-card image of a RetroPie installation was recently made available. This post describes the individual steps taken in order to create such an image. While it serves me to ensure that no steps are forgotten during future updates, this post provides also an insight into the individual steps for people with interest in this topic.Read More »
With the migration of the blog to a new provider it is now possible to offer a whole SD-card image of a complete RetroPie installation. You can find the download in the new RetroPie Downloads section of the RetroPie Project.Read More »
Another short side post: The blog has been migrated to a new provider! This gives me the full control over every detail of the site and further enhances the possibilities for future developments of the site. I hope that all resources, links, pages, etc. are working – please tell me, if you find something that is not working!Read More »
I just commited an update for the OwncloudPie script. The server URL is now dynamically obtained from the configuration files and can be changed from within the script for an existing Owncloud installation now. Furthermore, it is now possible to download the latest version of the OwncloudPie script with the script itself. If you have any comments or suggestions, tell …Read More »
I have uploaded a short demonstration video that shows the RetroPie GPIO Adapter in action: The video shows the RetroPie GPIO adapter connected with two SNES controllers within a PetRockBlock PIE case. The current Raspbian distribution is running in the video with a RetroPie Setup Script installation. The controllers are polled by the gamecon GPIO module that can be installed …Read More »
If you want to use your Raspberry Pi for gaming you certainly want to attach some sort of controller(s) to it. Since the Raspberry comes with two USB ports one way would be to simply attach any sort of USB gamepad or joystick via these ports to it. Besides the configuration this approach has the disadvantages that one or both …Read More »
It has been some weeks ago since my last post, but things regarding the Raspberry Pi and the idea of the universal console did not stand still. Actually, there has been a lot of progress in many aspects of (what I will call from now on) the “RetroPie Project“.Read More »
If you want to use original NES or SNES controllers with your Raspberry Pi, you could use SNESDev, which I have written about some weeks ago. SNESDev makes use of the user-space input module and simulates a virtual keyboard. This means that button presses on the controllers are mapped to key presses on the Raspberry. Another approach for interfacing a …Read More »
From now on, there is a wiki for the RetroPie script. Furthermore, tackling problems related to the setup script might become a little bit easier from now on.Read More »
The management, synchronization, and sharing of files, calendar information, address book data, music, and photos is widely used nowadays. It is offered by many (often freely available) cloud-based services like Dropbox, Sugarsync, Flickr, Picasa and many others. The big players like Apple, Google, and Microsoft also offer multiple of these services and people can use all of these with just …Read More »
I present: The PetRockBlock Pie. It is not yet another a Raspberry Pi case that has been specifically designed with a list of desired properties in mind. While the nice and compact design will let the case fit even into your living room as an eye-catcher, another advantage of the case is used, when you want to connect external components …Read More »
I just committed a major update for the RetroPie setup script available at Github. The corresponding blog post was also refined. A main element of the update is the possibility to install per-compiled libraries, which dramatically speeds up the whole installation of RetroArch, various cores, SNESDev, and Emulation Station. More information can be found in the post about the RetroPie …Read More »