• ControlBlock

    Power Switch, Game Controllers, and I/O for the Raspberry Pi

  • PowerBlock

    A Power Switch for the Raspberry Pi

  • The RetroPie Project

    Welcome to the RetroPie Project. This page provides information about all the pieces of the projects, the goals and should give you an understanding of what the RetroPie Project is.

Welcome!

This site is about various topics from the world of microelectronics, tinkering, software development, and other related topics. You can find our popular Raspberry Pi add-on boards ControlBlock and PowerBlock here.

This site is also the birth-place of RetroPie, the popular retro-gaming project for the Raspberry Pi. You can find articles about the original idea and articles of the first years of the project here.

Enjoy your stay on our sites!

Recent Posts

RetroPie Project Contest: And the winners are …

The RetroPie Project Contest has finished! Many thanks go to everyone who took part in the contest and submitted project images. Without going too much into details the winners have been chosen according to todays random numbers tweet. I hope you all enjoyed the submissions and maybe got one or two inspirations for your own projects. Personally, I enjoyed it very much to browse through …

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Xarcade2Jstick – Map your Xarcade Tankstick to Game Pads and use it with RetroPie

The Xarcade Tankstick is a nicely designed and very robustly constructed arcade game controller. It offers buttons and joysticks for two players together with start and coin buttons, an arcade trackball, and dedicated pinball buttons. Being asked, if RetroPie could have in-built support for the Xarcade Tankstick I started to dig into this controller which, in the end, lead to …

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RetroPie Project Contest

PetRockBlock.com would like to invite you to a cool contest around the RetroPie Project! One good thing about it is that it does not involve much effort to take part. The contest is going to be taking place on the forum. We will be choosing two lucky winners to receive each a brand new Raspberry Pi Model B with 8GB …

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Another Interim Report on the RetroPie Project and a new Splash screen

  This is another interim report on the RetroPie Project. If you look at the dates when the RetroPie SD-card image was updated in the recent months you might get the impression that the development of the RetroPie Project has been slowed down a little bit. However, you can be sure that further developments continue to take place and are going fast …

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Reflow Oven T-962A – A Review

If you are tinkering, doing electronics, and/or soldering you might already have had contact with surface-mounted devices or, in short, “SMDs”. Of course, soldering some of these tiny parts by hand is possible. But there are really tiny SMD parts as well as packages that cannot be soldered by hand. In that situation, you can think about getting a reflow …

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Getting Started with the RetroPie GPIO Adapter

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 …

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New Splash Screen Section

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!

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Creating the RetroPie SD-card Image: A Recipe

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.

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RetroPie Project Image Download

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.

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A New Provider for the Blog

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!

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Update for the OwncloudPie script

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 …

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Video of RetroPie GPIO Adapter

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 …

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