@paulmalko did you try manually enabling the interface for the ControlBlock in the raspi-config?
Then, go down to “Interfacing Options”
Enable SPI, you should see some sort of confirmation screen
Reboot and cross your fingers. This worked for me, hope it helps.
@petrockblog Well, right now it is only my assumption that the power supply in combination with the powerstrip and other power supplies causes the problem. If you are interested in further investigations, I can send back the problematic PowerBlocks, or I could do a few simple measurements.
Being a beta tester would be fine, I am used to work with hardware/software in development status. However, it depends on the timeframe as I have have an eye on an alternative solution. But if we talk about one, two, three months, I would be glad in acting as beta tester.
@petrockblog It appears that I can get the service running by commenting out the line "[ -x "$DAEMON" ] || exit 0" and then starting the service. This also allows the service to run on boot.
So, why does this line need to be commented out? I'm confused why this would work for everyone else and not my setup (even though I started from a completely fresh RetroPi 4.5).
So, I have mounted the PowerBlock and I have tested it for some days. It works almost as expected, spordically it shows unexpected behaviour. I will create a separate thread explaining my observations.
Anyway, thanks for supplying me with a replacement device.
I just wanted to share that I have managed to swap the cooked component for a new one, and it’s fixed the powerblock back to working order.
Thanks for your help. Managed to desolder the old one with some flux, desolder wick and some patience. Getting the new one in was easier than expected.
Glad to hear that you are making progress!
It should always be possible to use the ControlBlock together with any USB controller. You would just need to run the input configuration for each device on EmulationStation. All controller types should be recognised and working afterwards.
Regarding your question about the need for an additional keyboard: What you would need to do is to configure the emulators such that you have full control with your arcade / gamepad controls only. That should be possible.
Hope that helps!
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