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howto:desktop:play-old-video-games-with-retro-pie [2020-08-13 12:39]
brendan [Launching Games]
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 <WRAP info>There is a [[https://retropie.org.uk/about/systems/|list of systems that Retro Pie can emulate]], on its web site. It also lists the image file formats these emulated systems expect.</WRAP> <WRAP info>There is a [[https://retropie.org.uk/about/systems/|list of systems that Retro Pie can emulate]], on its web site. It also lists the image file formats these emulated systems expect.</WRAP>
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 +<WRAP important>
 +The following systems also need a BIOS/firmware ROM image to boot up the the emulator. They can't be included with the emulator because like the games these BIOS images are copyrighted software that the emulator authors don't have  license to distribute.
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 +**Requires BIOS/firmware image:** 3do ; Amiga ; Atari 5200, 8 bit ; Atari 7800 ; Colecovision ; Color Computer ; Dragon 32 ; Dreamcast ; Game Boy Advance ; Intellivision ; Macintosh ; MAME ; Neo Geo ; Nintendo Entertainment System ; PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 ; PlayStation 1 ; Sega CD ; TI-99/4A ; TRS-80 ; Videopac/Odyssey 2
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 +If you want to run any games from these systems, you also need to find and download one BIOS/firmware image for that system. (Search the web for it the way you search for games.)
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 +See the [[https://retropie.org.uk/docs/|Retro Pie manual]] page under <wrap nav>Emulators → [the system you're interested in]</wrap> for exactly how to install that system's BIOS image.
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 ===== Transferring Game ROM Images to the Raspberry Pi ===== ===== Transferring Game ROM Images to the Raspberry Pi =====
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 After the display goes blank and the internal red power LED on the Raspberry Pi goes out, unplug the Raspberry Pi's power or turn off the power strip that it's connected to. The next time you plug it back in or provide power, it will start back up automatically. After the display goes blank and the internal red power LED on the Raspberry Pi goes out, unplug the Raspberry Pi's power or turn off the power strip that it's connected to. The next time you plug it back in or provide power, it will start back up automatically.
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 +===== Further Exploration =====
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 +  * Retro Pie has an optional [[https://retropie.org.uk/docs/KODI/|plugin based on the KODI media player system]]. Instead of being a game system emulator, it is a media playback system that can play audio and video files from other computers on your local network or from the Internet.
 +  * It is actually possible to setup the system without any keyboard, but that's beyond the scope of this guide. Search for other howtos, if you have advanced technical skills and you're interested in doing this.
 +  * You can store games on a home server instead of on the Raspberry Pi's memory card. Consult the [[https://retropie.org.uk/docs/|Retro Pie manual]] about this.
 +  * In general, Retro Pie is a very flexible and hackable system. Don't be afraid to explore and tinker with how it works. Read the source code for the package building system; browse the files it has installed, particularly the configuration files. If you break it, you can restore it to working order by erasing and reinstalling a fresh Retro Pie OS image on the memory card.
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