Madness in boxes
So around black friday I was running through my
card board boxes that have all sorts of cables
and other PC accessories.
I wanted to a buy a new mouse for my desktop,
because the previous one's scroll wheel
was pushing me into madness.
But I managed to find a usb mouse that was
from ASDA and it was still in its original
Here, I got the idea that I wanted to put
my other boxed/packages thing to use as well.
I've two Raspberry Pis from years ago and
I used them a lot for years.
Then I put them into these boxes, because managing
four x64 machines were a lot simpler after moving.
I wrote a post on wanting to make these Pis
useful again here.
As update to that previous post,
I managed to find a functioning SD card for the Pi2.
Where I got the idea to try out Retropie
One day at lunch break at work, I was talking to my
having a Nintendo as a kid, and remembering playing
a tank game.
Turns out they also remember playing this game,
but nobody could recall what is was called.
I had talked about this game to some other people
for more than years, but nobody knew the name of
So I started searching on Google, and it turns out
my favourite game on Nintento was called
I found it funny enough, that it took me about 2
minutes of effort to find something I was looking
for about 10-20 years.
I found a Nintento NES emulator called Nesoid
for Android on Fdroid, however the last uploaded
version is years old.
However, it still ran on Android 9/Miui 11.
I must say that a touch screen is no way to play
any NES games.
Retro games on modern Raspberry Pi 2b
So the following day, I burned Retropie 4.5.1
to an SD card and slot it into the Pi 2.
The following example with dd should work, when replacing of=/dev/sdx with
the correct hard drive location.
sudo dd if=$HOME/Downloads/retropie-4.5.1-rpi2_rpi3.img of=/dev/SDZXXZZX;sync
My old pi booted up and I manually started messing with
Retropie's Emulation Station.
Since I never used Emulaton Station/Retropie, the
interface was kind of strange at first.
I also don't have any controllers, so for the time being I'm
setup with a keyboard.
I configured WASD for up, left, down and right.
Then right arrow for A and down arrow for B.
F for start, and G for select.
Well, this is an interesting topic, and I'm sure
people will have their own sources to get game ROMs from.
Some links to note:
My setup with Retropie
Here are the items I have for my Retropie:
- Raspberry pi 2b
- 8GB Sd card
- RTL8188CUS 802.11n WLAN Adapter
- USB keyboard
- Monitor with HDMI/VGA converter
- email@example.comA micro-usb charger
Most of these things can be bought on Amazon/Asda/B&M/Ebay.
What's interesting is the free memory reported on the Pi
is ~750MB and I thought it had 1GB memory.
Then I found this page on the Github wiki
, which explains why.
Using Ansible on Retropie
Since Retropie's just lots of packages on top of Raspbian
Stretch, it means I could run Ansible against it.