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I have a Rasp Pi 3, done 2 different mini SD card setups, one for a retro machine and the other for Amibian. They all work fine and everything's set up but... when I turn the Pi on they never boot the first time. I have to remove the USB plug and slot it back in which I know is a big no no but always seems to work after. Anyone any idea what it could be? Pretty sure it's not the cards and the TV is working fine. I know the Pi isn't booting beyond the red/green LED flashing because the USB keyboard doesn't light up. When I boot to either SD card the Caps lock works so I can tell.

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I’ve done a fair bit of reading up on this now and it seems that, as good as the Pi is, the future of the hardware isn’t clear as they are focussing on an OS instead. Therefore, more support may gravitate towards competitor devices in time. 

 

I’ve came across an alternative in the Asus Tinker Board, which for roughly the same cost, delivers roughly twice the power by default. However, support isn’t anywhere near as robust as Pi but I think is growing. Still to investigate exactly what it can and can’t do but even with the Linux OS you can boot emulators, without a fancy front end, though I’m researching things in place of this too. 

 

If I wasn’t bothered about the N64, anything after that is a bonus, I’d have picked a Pi up already. There are some excellent sources of information and links posted in this thread but, as with my media setup (see the Sonos thread), I prefer to go for bespoke setups that cater exactly to my needs. In this case; a portable TV device that plays everything up to the N64 sufficently, for around £50 is perfect. Authenticity, as was suggested earlier, is not on my radar. I prefer a minimum number of devices that deliver maximum capability to a large 1080p screen. 

 

Based on that, I’ve currently shortlisted the following devices for testing/purchase :

- Steam Link (Free - requires Desktop PC to be running)

- Android Box (Free)

- Asus Tinker Board (~£50)

- Overclocked Raspberry Pi 3 (~£50)

- Hacked N64 mini (TBA ~£70+)

- Wait for next generation of hardware (2019?)

- Stick to Desktop PC (Free - not portable/poor multiplayer)

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Possibly a dumb question, but I've been itching to play the old PC game, Grand Prix World

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_World

 

I previously downloaded a PC Version but can't get it to work on Windows 10 as it's so old.

 

Can I run PC games on Retropie? If so, how...and where can I find a ROM for this game? Have had a cursory google but come up short.

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34 minutes ago, Papaya Dance said:

Possibly a dumb question, but I've been itching to play the old PC game, Grand Prix World

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_World

 

I previously downloaded a PC Version but can't get it to work on Windows 10 as it's so old.

 

Can I run PC games on Retropie? If so, how...and where can I find a ROM for this game? Have had a cursory google but come up short.

 

Try DosBox:

 

 

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29 minutes ago, Lorfarius said:

 

Try DosBox:

 

 

Yeah, I tried that but it still won't run, something to do with Windows 10 having too many colours. I am not at all tech knowledgeable so this is where I was stumped and gave up.

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Just now, Papaya Dance said:

Yeah, I tried that but it still won't run, something to do with Windows 10 having too many colours. I am not at all tech knowledgeable so this is where I was stumped and gave up.

 

Follow this until 35 seconds, the bit you want to alter is color depth. Drop it a bit lower if you can :

 

 

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2 hours ago, Lorfarius said:

 

Follow this until 35 seconds, the bit you want to alter is color depth. Drop it a bit lower if you can :

 

 

 

32 bit is the only option. It doesn't matter, wondered if there was a quick and easy way to get it on retropie but it would appear not.

 

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9 hours ago, Papaya Dance said:

Possibly a dumb question, but I've been itching to play the old PC game, Grand Prix World

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_World

 

I previously downloaded a PC Version but can't get it to work on Windows 10 as it's so old.

 

Can I run PC games on Retropie? If so, how...and where can I find a ROM for this game? Have had a cursory google but come up short.

 

Accordin to that Wikipedia article that game is still being developed (fan or otherwise) to this day - that says to me there must be a windows 10 patch out there somewhere. Just like there is for the PC Bladerunner game.

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On 1/18/2018 at 11:14, parrapatheslapper said:

anyone looking for a controller..

 

From Hot Deals - put the promo code in followed by the 150 points code to bring it down to £12.25

 

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/8bitdo-sf30-wireless-gamepad-bluetooth-controller-with-classic-joystick-for-ioswindowsandroidswitch-etc-1454-delivered-dresslily-2878458

 

"with Classic Joystick" :rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, Xevious said:

So, how is N64 and Dreamcast emulation going to be improved by the Pi 3B+?

I'm currently looking at Tinker Board S or the new wave of Android Boxes which, for a bit more cost, provide an abundance of more power for games on those kinds of platforms.

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Those other SBC boards are often a waste of money imho. They look great on paper but without a community or developer interest, it amounts to nothing. You often struggle to get Retropie running on them, and despite the power they are glitchy and frankly too much effort over getting a Pi running nicely. I've also used Android boxes too, and they are only any good if the one you have is the Nvidia Shield. If you don't have that, gaming/emulation is too hit and miss. I'm falling out with Android/Google now anyway myself.

 

If one of these new SBC's takes off then of course I'll look again, but for me right now the Pi is still where it's at despite the (perceived) lack of power. If you want GC and DC then I would say a PC is a better route.

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Has anyone built a handheld based on a Pi?

 

I'm looking at the kits for the Gameboy / gameboy advance but they seem expensive with a lot of custom made parts. I'd like to build a little thing with a nice handheld format - maybe GBA SP if it's doable.

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Has anyone built a handheld based on a Pi?

 

Raspiboy (was a kickstarter project) - You can pick up an assembled unit for £120 on ebay or the kit (minus the pi) from 8bcraft.com

 

 

 

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On 17/04/2018 at 19:10, Fallows said:

Has anyone felt the need to add a DAC sound board to their Pi? I'm hearing that the sound from the 3.5mm is a bit pish.

 

No, because I just use sound over HDMI instead.

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9 hours ago, Blu3Flame said:

 

No, because I just use sound over HDMI instead.

 

I'll settle for a €5 USB sound card. It'll look a bit shit, but it's not like these things are for their form factor.

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On 11/01/2018 at 22:25, buizel said:

 

Accordin to that Wikipedia article that game is still being developed (fan or otherwise) to this day - that says to me there must be a windows 10 patch out there somewhere. Just like there is for the PC Bladerunner game.

 

Yeah apparently there is a 2016 mod that will let it run on windows 10

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10 minutes ago, deKay said:

 

thepihut are ;) 

 

I've got one in my basket on Amazon that I'll order on the weekend, just wanted to see if anyone was offloading an old one first.

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For some reason I'm having a fucking nightmare setting this up tonight. Trying to play using an XB1 pad. Setup all the controlls in the GUI front end. Main menu is fine, when playing games, sometimes the buttons on the pad don't respond at all, other times I have to mash the face buttons and then it will work. Others it all works fine. 

 

Sometimes I can quit out of the emulator by pressing start & xbox button, other times it just doesn't respond. I've also had it twice where I managed to get out of an emulator with the pad, but then the buttons were unresponsive on the main screen & I had to remap it. Very confused, anyone any help please?

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