After collecting three first generation Raspberry Pi in a drawer I was looking for suitable projects. These instructions are very short and only relevant for using a first generation Raspberry Pi B/B+ as a retro gaming console.
- Optional: install a heat sink
- Connect a keyboard and a controller with at least four buttons
- Install Retropie and configure one controller with the buttons A/B/Select/Start and configure ‘Select’ as hotkey.
Reduce the screen resolution
- Choose Retropie / Raspi-Config / Display Options / Resolution / 640×480
Overclock the Pi
This should be safe but use at your own risk.
- Choose Retropie / Raspi-Config / Performance Options / P1 Overclock / Turbo 1000 Mhz
Vice needs a lot CPU resources which can push the Pi B/B+ to its limits.
- Install Vice, not lr-vice
- Choose Retropie / RETROPIE SETUP / Manage Packages / Manage optional packages / vice
- Press F12 to configure the running emulator
- Choose Sound settings / Output driver = SDL
- Choose Sound settings / Output Mode = Mono
- Choose Sound settings / Fragment size = Very large
- Choose Settings Management / Save current settings
Arcade / MAME
- Choose MAME4All (already installed) as the emulator
- Press TAB to configure the running emulator
- Choose Retropie / RETROPIE SETUP / Manage Packages / Manage optional packages / scummvm
Sega Mega Drive
- Try the Picodrive emulator by hitting space when starting a game