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README FIRST! RetrOrange Pi 3.0.1 release

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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