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  HOWTO - eMMC install script for Ropi
Posted by: Harryzimm - 11-01-2016, 05:54 PM - Forum: HOWTOs - Replies (30)

Here is the emmc install script. Its for testers only, we think its working fine but we could use your help to test so we can include in the next release.
After downloading , you can install with

sudo tar -xvf emmc.install-ropi.tar.gz -C /

Don't forget to restart emulation-station and you can find the script in the retro-pie menu (see pics)
If you have installed to emmc before using dd, It's recommended to use this new script as it properly formats the emmc, creates partitions and uses rsync to copy files over.

Attached Files
.gz   emmc.install-ropi.tar.gz (Size: 30 KB / Downloads: 480)
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  Forum Rules
Posted by: alexkidd - 11-01-2016, 03:31 PM - Forum: READ ME FIRST! RetrOrange 3.0.1 release! - No Replies


  1. We do not allow or promote piracy on this forum No requesting game ROMs or ISOs, or sites to find them.
  2. Posting links to ROMs or ROM sites will not be tolerated.
  3. Requesting or offering pirated software in general will not be tolerated.

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  Forum Rules
Posted by: alexkidd - 11-01-2016, 03:31 PM - Forum: README FIRST! - No Replies


  1. We do not allow or promote piracy on this forum No requesting game ROMs or ISOs, or sites to find them.
  2. Posting links to ROMs or ROM sites will not be tolerated.
  3. Requesting or offering pirated software in general will not be tolerated.

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  RetrOrange Pi 3.0 - feature requests
Posted by: alexkidd - 11-01-2016, 02:57 PM - Forum: Solved threads (also check FAQ and HOWTOs) - Replies (48)

Hello guys,

As we are always working on improvements, if you have any suggestion of new feature/tweak for upcoming RetrOrange 2.5.3 or 3.0, or if you  found any bug, please post here so we can see what can be done (we can't promise much unfortunately).

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  HOWTO - Can't run MAME / NEOGEO roms ? Check this thread.
Posted by: alexkidd - 11-01-2016, 02:32 PM - Forum: HOWTOs - Replies (3)

From Retropie WIKI:

Arcade ROMs are tied to the version of the arcade emulator, because the definition of what is the "correct" contents and usage of the ROM can change from version to version of the emulator.

For example, MAME2003 is based off the MAME 0.78 source code, so you must use the MAME 0.78 ROM set with MAME2003. If you use ROMs which are from an earlier or later MAME version, such as 0.50 or 0.100 or 0.173, then those ROMs probably will not work with MAME2003 because that other version's definition of the correct ROM is different from 0.78's definition of the correct ROM.

More info here: https://github.com/retropie/retropie-set...aging-ROMs

A very useful tool to update your roms to desired romset is by installing CLRMAME PRO. Check video tutorial below:

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Video Post your RetrOrange videos and pictures here
Posted by: alexkidd - 11-01-2016, 02:20 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (30)

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  README FIRST! RetrOrange Pi 3.0.1 release
Posted by: alexkidd - 11-01-2016, 02:10 PM - Forum: READ ME FIRST! RetrOrange 3.0.1 release! - No Replies


RetrOrange Pi is a non profit project.
It consists of a basic Retropie setup with most Libretro cores on top of an Armbian Jessie Desktop version pre-installed. It includes an OpenELEC fork as well.

Much of the software included in the image have non-commercial licences. Because of this, selling a pre-installed RetrOrange image is not legal, neither including it with your commercial product is. As it relies on other people’s work with our own features, we won't be offering any help in customizations to avoid rebranding or reselling.

Support the project:

If you appreciate our work, as well as our mates from Armbian, RetroPie and  OpenELEC, feel free to support the project. Just send us a pvt message and let us know how. For the moment, if we just could get more boards to test, we could probably make it better for everyone.

Support the core developers:


Installation instructions:
1. Download the latest image from

Uncompress image:
  • Linux: sudo tar zxvf imagename.tar.gz   
  • Windows:  WinRAR, 7-Zip  (make sure you get a file with extension .img afterwards
Filesize is ~5GB so a minimum 8GB sdcard is required .

3.Flash image to an SD card:
  • Linux: sudo dd bs=4M if=imagename.img of=/dev/XXX (identify target with care by running ‘sudo fdisk –l’ to avoid data destruction)
  • Windows: use Win32DiskImager

4. Insert card into the board and power on

Important information:
  • In case your board does not seem to boot,  try to reformat your sd card with SDFormatter 4.0 by Trendy (with size adjustment on) or Linux GParted (delete all partitions and recreate one), try a different power supply (real 2A) and sdcard (original,  class10 recommended), and last but not least make sure to be connected to HDMI 720 compatible TV (no DVI adapters)  
  • On first boot it will automatically install the system, resize sd card and reboot again, please be patient Smile

  • Default usernames and passwords are: user pi / password pi / superuser root / password orangepi

  • Emulators are already installed, but they only appear in EmulationStation when roms are added.

  • To add ROMs, simply drop files in /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/$CONSOLE folder, where $CONSOLE is the name of the target console, e.g. snes or arcade.  You can launch Desktop from EmulationStation and plug an USB drive with your ROMs. Roms folders are also samba shares.
  • Due to our custom settings, please don't run 'sudo apt-get upgrade'. It can break a few things.
HOTKEYS (except Dreamcast, PPSSPP, LinApple, Commodore...)

· Select+Start → Exit Game
· Select+Right Shoulder → Save State
· Select+Left Shoulder → Load State
· Select+Right → Save Slot Increase
· Select+Left → Save Slot Decrease
· Select+X → RetroArch Menu
· Select+B → Reset Game

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  RetrOrange Pi 2.5 - Features and general info
Posted by: alexkidd - 11-01-2016, 01:57 PM - Forum: Solved threads (also check FAQ and HOWTOs) - No Replies

RetrOrangePi is a gaming and media center distribution based on Armbian (Debian 8), compatible with H3 / Mali devices. It is developed and maintained by Stevie Whyte and Alerino Reis with collaboration of Wang Matt.
Wiki page: http://orange314.com/RetrOrangePi .
Thanks to Édgar Mondragón for hosting and help

FEATURES - RetrOrange Pi 2.5 (updated to v2.5.2)

  • Full Armbian 5.20 desktop with lots of kernel improvements, which can be launched from Emulationstation (ES)
  • OpenELEC (Kodi Jarvis 16.1) is included and can be booted from Kodi section.  Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) alpha version is also available from menu.

  • New and improved content: Dreamcast (Reicast), PSP (standalone PPSSPP), new N64 core (glupen64), ScummVM, Amiga (experimental, windowed only), Apple II (linapple), Commodore 64 (Vice), Mame2010, most cores updated

  • Switched to ES branch so we now have favourites, kid and kiosk mode etc

  • Retro background music added when you browse your games, you can also add your own music (.ogg) to the ~/RetroPie/music folder also shared via samba, can be disabled in the retropie menu

  • Language select from ES, Portuguese or English for now, Chinese coming very soon.

  • GPIO_controller-for-retrorangepi by Erick Tarzia, you can install from retropie menu in ES (experimental)

  • Generic, PS3, Bluetooth controllers and XBox 360 controllers should work out the box. Keyboard and mice also works fine.

  • Custom bootsplash with audio (can be changed by user). There is an Image Gallery of user-contributed bootsplashes and wallpapers, available in ~/RetroPie/splashscreens/ also shared via samba

  • Custom RetrOrange EmulationStation  splashscreen (not changeable)

  • Boot videos are somewhat supported, make sure they match your output resolution and they are low bit-rate. Ropi cant hw decode in the frame-buffer yet.

  • Included ports: CannonBall (Outrun engine), Cave story, Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, OpenBor, Quake (tyquake), Solarus (Zelda engine), SDLPoP (Prince of Persia port), Super Mario War and Goonies 20th anniversary.

  • Onboard wifi should now work correctly for your boards out of the box.

  • Banana Pi M2 Plus
  • Beelink X2
  • Orange Pi Lite
  • Orange Pi One
  • Orange Pi PC
  • Orange Pi PC-Plus
  • Orange Pi Plus
  • Orange Pi Plus 2
  • Orange Pi Plus 2e
  • Nano Pi M1

  • AmstradPc
  • Atari2600
  • Atari7800
  • Atari Lynx
  • Atari ST
  • Commodore 64
  • Dreamcast
  • Final Burn Alpha
  • Gamegear
  • Gameboy
  • Gameboy Advance
  • Gameboy Colour
  • MAME
  • MasterSystem
  • MegaDrive
  • MSX
  • Nintendo 64
  • NeoGeo
  • Nintendo NES
  • Neo Geo Pocket
  • Neo Geo Pocket Color
  • PC Engine (TurboGrafx)
  • Playstation 1
  • Playstation Portable
  • Sega32x
  • SegaCD
  • SG-1000
  • Super Nintendo
  • Vectrex
  • Wonderswan
  • ZxSpectrum

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Lightbulb moonbian (AKA md-debian)
Posted by: moondeck - 11-01-2016, 10:24 AM - Forum: Debian - Replies (15)

Hello everyone,
I have a build system for Debian on Orange Pi One and Orange Pi PC (+).

LAST UPDATE 12 December 2016

I do not supply images anymore. You compile them yourself.

There is support for CLI and XFCE, i can provide other display managers should someone need it, just post it here or PM me.
Also, if you want your board supported, you can be a tester, or get me a board.

The image ships with a highly-optimized kernel, Sambooca-H3, can be found here: https://github.com/SvenKayser/Sambooca-Kernel-H3
Because almost everything in the kernel is provided as a module, this allows the system to take 41 megabytes of RAM when idling.
There is no clutter, it only comes with wpa_supplicant and iw installed, to make it easier to connect to wireless networks, which is usually the case with SBCs like Orange Pi.
No custom login MOTDs, no non-free software by default. By the end of the month i am planning to set up a repository to ship kernel updates and H3-specific system utilities.
The system is shipped with sane thermal settings, you should however install at least a heat sink to cool the processor under heavy load.

My system also has support for hardware acceleration (Mali, etc.), the userspace packages will be hosted in the repo once i get it running. If someone needs it i can also post it.

For now, Orange Pi PC (+) has an both a CLI image and XFCE. Orange Pi one has only a CLI image, but a newer one is incoming, also one with XFCE.

To compile the images you are gonna need:

ARM GCC cross-compiler
dialog (bash utility)
build-essential on Debian (or your distro of choice)
a cup of tea/coffee

FOR ORANGE PI PC+ and other eMMC boards:
To install to eMMC, just type "install2emmc.sh" without the quotes into the terminal (as root) and it will do it automatically.


Type in "fdisk /dev/mmcblk0" and press enter if running from SD
Then type "d" and press enter, type "n" and press enter 4 times. Then type in "w" and press enter, then exit fdisk.
Now, type "resize2fs /dev/mmcblk0p1" and press enter, wait for the process to finish.

Build system for the image is here:

Also a website is on the way, this should be ready by the end of the month.
Please,if you have any suggestions or feature requests, do not hesitate to ask.
Also, what board should be supported next?

If you have any problem, ask away too.


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