Tag Archives: Raspberry Pi

New Revision of the PowerBlock: Increased Flexibility

PowerBlock Top View

The PowerBlock is a small support shield for the Raspberry Pi that provides a power switch functionality. Recently, we have updated the design of the PowerBlock such that it now offers an even greater flexibility regarding the connections with the Raspberry Pi.

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RetroPie 3.1 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of RetroPie 3.1! Among others, major features of this release are a more memory-light theme “Carbon”, an initial module for bluetooth keyboard support, and and new MAME emulators. Some EmulationStation tweaks and splashscreen improvements also made it into this release. Also, Berryboot images are provided now! Thanks a lot to everyone who has contributed …

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PowerBlock: A Power Switch for the Raspberry Pi

The PowerBlock is an add-on board for the Raspberry Pi (version 1, 2, and 3) models A+ and B+. It provides a microcontroller-based power-switch functionality. This article describes the PowerBlock itself, as well as how to connect a power switch and how to install the driver. Functionalities The PowerBlock provides a power switch functionality. Why might this be of interest …

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Your Personal Retro Gaming Console (for under 90 USD)

So, there you have the RetroPie SD-card Image and you know that you could use it as software base for your very own game console. But what things do you actually need to get for it? What hardware do you need and what could be the first steps with it? This article provides a step-by-step guide and shows how to …

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

First: What is a simple solution for turning the Raspberry Pi on and off with a power switch in a smarter way than cutting the power supply and risk data loss? Second: What is a simple way for connecting arbitrary arcade controllers to the RPi? In the following we present the ControlBlock, a Raspberry Pi (TM) Add-On that solves both problems.

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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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Update for the RetroPie Setup Script: Support for RetroArch’s Autoconfig Functionality and (wired) Xbox 360 controller support

With the recent update of the RetroPie Setup Script another feature has found its way into the RetroPie Project: The auto configuration functionality of RetroArch is now supported! This allows to hot-swap (USB-) controllers while the RPi is running and the all RetroArch-based emulators will automatically detect the newly connected controller.

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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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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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The RetroPie GPIO Adapter

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 …

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The RetroPie Project: An Interim Report

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“.

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