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    Exclamation Introducing the Retro Gaming Roundup EGC System!

    As many forum members know, Retro Gaming Roundup was being sponsored by JRI-RIGG, a company that manufactured media center systems. I took a job with them as a writer for a little while before the owner moved on to other ventures. However, the JRI-RIGG Silver Media Edition was a stunningly well done piece of kit, and I feel that the time is ready for it to see a comeback, with some small tweaks. With that said.....

    Introducing the Retro Gaming Roundup Emulation Gaming Console! (Or the RGR EGC for short!)


    The RGR EGC is a Raspberry Pi based gaming system that you can build at home, even if you have no previous experience in electronics! I will guide you through what parts to purchase, how to assemble the system, what software to download, how to install it, and how to configure it. You can use this thread to ask any questions or help. As of right now, this console is not officially endorsed by RGR, but I hope that the RGR crew gives the RGR EGC their blessing in the future as the official system of RGR. Unlike the Chameleon, the RGR EGC is a reality, one that you can construct now! The best part is that the price will be only around $110 for all the parts as of the time of this writing, and some of these parts you may already own!

    PARTS LIST

    Raspberry Pi Model 3
    Raspberry Pi 3 Case
    5 Volt USB Power subbly with switchable Micro USB cable
    64 GB Sandisk Ultra Micro SD Card
    8BitDo NES30 Pro Controller
    iPazzPort Mini Keyboard/Trackpad Combo

    All of the previous items are available on Amazon. However, if you want more of a gaming system feel, you can swap out the case for an NES Styled case that can be 3D printed. If you wish, you can also purchase heatsinks for the processors on the Pi. These heatsinks come with peel off paper that has adhesive that seals right on the chip, making installation very simple.

    ASSEMBLY

    Assembly couldn't be easier. First, if you purchased the additional heatsinks, peel the removable paper off of them and apply them to the same sized processor dies on the board. The dies will be located on the top of the board, and are the black squares. Than insert your Pi inside the snap-together case. Insert your power supply cable in the Micro USB port, and the wireless nub for the ipazzport mini keyboard touchpad will be plugged into any USB port. The 8BitDo NES30 Pro controller can be used wirelessly or wired, but will require some configuration for wireless use we will be going into later. For now, use the USB controller supplied with the controller to plug it into the Pi. There is a button on the power cord for turning the system on and off. We will go into installing the software on the Micro SD card in the next section, but before powering on, make sure your software is installed and your Micro SD card is plugged into the Pi. After that, construction of the RGR EGC is complete and you are ready to go!

    SOFTWARE
    The software will will be using is called RetroPie. Using RetroPie we will have an instant frontend and emulator base for all of our games. Additional emulators can be installed, as well as KODI if you wish to also use the RGR EGC for watching movies and television (the KODI expansion will be more fully discussed in a later post). To install Retropie, follow this link to a pre-made SD card image to download. Download the file, than also download Win32 Disk Imager. Install Win32 Disk Imager. Insert the Micro SD card into a card reader on your computer, and than run Win32 Disk Imager. Click the folder icon to select the downloaded RetroPie SD card Image. Than use the drop-down menu to select the drive letter for your Micro SD card. Finally, click Write, and the downloaded image will be written to the Micro SD card. Once this is done, the SD card can be inserted into the Pi and the system will be ready for booting.

    INSTALLING GAMES

    NOTE: No one in this forum can direct you to where to download free commercial games, and doing so may not be legal in your country. Some areas allow you a backup for games you already own. Let Google be your guide in this.


    The easiest way to transfer ROM game files to the RGR EGC is via USB. Use a free USB Thumbdrive you have laying around and format it in FAT32 on your computer. Than create a folder on the stick called "retropie" without the quotation marks. Plug the USB drive into the RGR EGC and turn it on. When it's booted, it may ask you to configure your controller. Just use the attached 8BitDo NES30 and push the buttons and directions it tells you, until you get into the menu. Wait a few minutes for the system to copy the file directory to your USB stick, than turn off the system, take out the USB drive, and plug it back into your computer. When you browse to the retropie folder, inside you will find multiple folders for multiple game systems. Just take your ROM files and copy them to the proper game system folder. (NES, SNES, Mega Drive, etc). After this is done, plug the USB drive back in the system and boot the system. Once booted, it will begin copying games from the directories on the USB drive to the SD card in the system. The system will respond very slowly while copying, so it is recommended to not use it during the copy process. Depending on how many games you are installing and game sizes, it may take from a few minutes up to a few hours for all games to copy over (especially if you are installing Playstation games, or anything with larger file sizes). Once the green LED on the Pi board stops flashing, the games are all on the system, and you can begin to play.

    INSTALLING KODI


    NOTE: KODI is a user interface for music, movies, and television shows. It is a beautiful looking setup that supports multiple video and audio formats, thumbnails for covers, and is ideal for any RGR EGC system that also has the need of playing music, movies, and television shows.

    To install KODI, navigate to the RetroPie menu. From there go to RetroPie-Setup, and you will be taken to a text based screen. From here to to Experimental Packages (don't worry, the Kodi package has been tested by many users and is fully functional). You will be taken to a long list of software that you can install, but for this instance, we are looking for KODI. Scroll down until you find KODI and select it. You will see a black screen with a long string of text. Don't worry, this is normal! Once you are returned to the blue screen, you can then back out to the main system menu.

    Once you return to the main menu, you will need to perform a system reboot. Once you have restarted the system, navigate to the Ports section. In there you will find KODI installed and ready to launch.

    MORE TO COME
    I will be updating this guide in the future with photos, how to install games via FTP, and updates to the Operating System and possible hardware upgrades in the future. I encourage everyone in the forums to contribute by asking any questions they have, or posting pictures of their assembled systems and setups, inside this thread. Of course, this setup can be augmented in many ways. You can add controllers for multiplayer games, or even build your own arcade-styled controller (or perhaps use an X-Arcade controller) The case is purely cosmetic and can be replaced with any case that works with a Raspberry Pi 3. When the Pi 4 comes out, and you wish to upgrade to the higher power or any new features the new board has, it should simply be a drop-in replacement. You can even use USB adaptors to use original retro game console controllers if you wish!

    UPDATE HISTORY
    10/23/2016 - Added information to install KODI Media Center.
    Last edited by Leathco; 23-10-16 at 11:56.

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