I use the “scraper” by SSELPH to download the covers in JPG and generate the “gamelist.xml” on my PC, and then move to the Raspberry Pi 2 (the scrap in RPi2 is very slow!).
In version 3.1 of RetroPie the boot was faster, some took more than one minute to load the system and emulationstation.
In versions 3.4 and 3.5, after it was used the “Jessie” version of Raspbian, the Emulationstation loading is too slow! After the system load (black screen with the letters passing), when it arrives on the screen “Loading Emulationstation” takes forever!!!
Compared the load times, in the moment you turn on the RPi2 until the system is ready for use in emulationstation screen emulators selection:
Version 3.1: 1 minute and 20 seconds.
Version 3.4/3.5: 3 minutes and 40 seconds!
It is almost triple(!) time with the same amount of ROMs!
I noticed that in versions 3.4/3.5 if I do not use the scrap files (JPG images and gamelist.xml files), using the “gamelist.xml” files blank, the system loads quickly! So it seems that the delay problem to load the emulationstation in versions 3.4/3.5 is related to the use of scraps, perhaps in reading the files “gamelist.xml”.
Yah I noticed the same thing the other day. Once I loaded all of my Advmame games in it started booting really slow. It takes like 3min after hitting f4 to get to the console 🙁 While it’s annoying to wait a bit more I still enjoy it. I love having a portable arcade unit with me at all times haha!!
I’m waiting for the rest of my parts to show up for my full sized arcade cabinet, can’t wait to fire that badboy up!!