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About the Retrostone - alexkidd - 08-10-2018

Hello guys, the Retrostone is a campaign from one of our users: Pierre-Louis Boyer , the creator of Raspiboy. We really appreciated the transparency of this project. Kudos to the custom H3 board! Smile

Important notes:

1. The Retrostone, Orange Pis , Banana Pis (based on Allwinner CPU) and the Raspberry Pis as well are all Linux SBCs (single board computers). The operating system runs on EXT4 partition (linux only) so you won’t have native access to it using a Windows PC, unless you install 3rd party apps.

2. To download and flash an image, follow the basic instructions thread.  First boot should take up to 3 minutes (will adjust SDcard capacity, generate SSH keys and reboot automatically). Rebooting sometimes fail , so if this happens, turn off the unit and try again. It should then boot to EmulationStation frontend. 

3. Controls are already mapped, so it's ready for operation. There are no roms included (forbidden by law). Check this thread to learn how to add roms. 

4. The side button is configured to run a rescue/reboot script in case something goes wrong. 

5. Official support is made exclusively through these boards, so create yourself an account and help improving the software!


RE: About the Retrostone - bedfellow - 08-15-2018

Is this a display setting resolution issue, as I'm sure the image quality should look better than this?

[Image: 96b8ep.jpg]

RE: About the Retrostone - alexkidd - 08-15-2018

i'm afraid not. Most EmulationStation themes have HD resolution (1280x720p) and Retrostone screen is not HD (672x448 ) so small text will look kinda blurry and barely visible sometimes.
Maybe we can improve it in the future, increasing the font to look better in a small screen, but it will take us some spare time , lacking these days

RE: About the Retrostone - bedfellow - 08-15-2018

I think a font fix is required. As you say, it is barely visible, especially the games list which really needs to be far more visible for selecting from a list.

Or, maybe there is a more suitable theme?

RE: About the Retrostone - alexkidd - 08-15-2018

EmulationStation was not coded having low resolution screens in mind AFAIK. But there is a better theme i think.
Plug an ethernet cable and install gbz35 theme from Retropie - ES Themes option,