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  • #110692
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    stuartfox
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    Hi Guys,

    I’m a bit stuck, so everything was working well, and I’d been adding games via a USB stick using the USB Rom service in Retropie. After one restart, Retropie wouldn’t start, there was a permissions error in one of the roms, it went into a startup look that I couldn’t get out of and I couldn’t even get into console. So I started from scratch on the latest Retropie image, did my customisations, everything works… but then I plug a freshly formatted USB stick, leave it a minute, but no directory structure has been added.

    I went into Retropie setup, turned the rom service off, then on again… but still not working. Any ideas?

    Stuart

    #110697
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    petrockblog
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    read the documentation:

    https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/How-to-get-ROMs-on-the-SD-card

    Starting with RetroPie 3.0 you first need to create a folder called retropie on your USB stick and then follow the above steps.

    #110793
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    stuartfox
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    Thanks, I was aware of that but I forgot to do it on one of the sticks I was using so there were two issues.

    I’ve now run into this a second time, reboot loop that I can’t get out of : I’ve enclosed a screenshot. Seems to be caused by a permissions error in Roms directory after using usb transfer service.

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    stuartfox
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    Sorry… Better pic…

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    #110807
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    petrockblog
    Keymaster

    check the permissions of the folder/file in question via ssh

    
    ls -la
    

    the usm rom service script chowns the files correctly, so I can only think it is due to the directories/files having no read access despite being owned by the user (unless it was caused by something else).

    files should be

    
    chmod 644
    

    and the romdirs

    
    chmod 755
    
    #110808
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    petrockblog
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    you can get out of the loop by pressing a button on a keyboard btw – to drop to a terminal.

    #110809
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    stuartfox
    Participant

    In this case, both times this has happened I’ve been unable to get out of the loop using the keyboard. The only way is to wipe the ad card and restore from my image backup.

    If it happens again I suppose I could plug the sd card into another Linux machine and try to fix the permissions like that, but I think this happens when something goes wrong with the sub rom transfer. Is there a way of knowing when it’s finished transferring files so it’s safe to reboot.

    Many thanks for the support by the way.

    #110811
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    herbfargus
    Member

    I vaguely remember something like this happening with mine and I think it ended up being a corrupt usb stick/ sd card

    #110821
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    petrockblog
    Keymaster

    No way of telling unless you have a light on your USB stick or something.

    #110822
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    petrockblog
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    Well, visually at least. You can check the end of /var/log/syslog to see when it completes.

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