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RetroPie going back to a point in time (snapshot/deepfreeze like)

  • Follow-up : just ran a surface scan of the SD card, while inserted into my laptop, everything looks fine.

    Don't worry, I know it doesn't mean that's not the problem, but I thought I'd mention it.

  • @mitu Thanks for sharing this, I'll come back with a detailed list of what I have on my side.

  • @mitu Relevant information as requested :

    Raspberry Pi 3 (RPi3) Model B Quad-Core 1.2 GHz 1 GB RAM
    On-board WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity
    32 GB Micro SD Card (Class 10) - Raspberry Pi Recommended Micro SD Card pre-loaded with NOOBS
    CanaKit 2.5A USB Power Supply with Micro USB Cable and Noise Filter - Specially designed for the Raspberry Pi 3 (UL Listed)
    High Quality Raspberry Pi 3 Case, Premium Quality HDMI Cable, 2 x Heat Sinks, GPIO Quick Reference Card, CanaKit Full Color Quick-Start Guide
    RetroPie Version Used (eg 3.6, 3.8.1, 4.1 - do not write latest): 4.2
    Built From: Pre made SD Image on RetroPie website (retropie-4.2-rpi2-rpi3.img
    USB Devices connected: None
    Controller used: PS3 controller (wireless) and a keyboard/mouse when required (turned off most of the time).
    Error messages received: None in this case.
    Log found in /dev/shm/runcommand.log (if relevant): no such file there, no logs
    Guide used: None
    File: Files in the directory \retropie\roms revert to a previous state when the RetroPie reboots
    Emulator: only default installed emulators, plus lr-ppsspp
    Attachment of config files: N/A
    How to replicate the problem: do a change in any game (upload a new one) and/or save a new state within a game, reboot and check to see if it's still there.

  • @chipsnblip I've had this thought as well, concerning the free space, but it doens't seem to be a problem, here is the result of the df command :


  • @chipsnblip Did an expansion of the drive as recommended, but didn't do anything, reverted back to its original data at startup.

    Found out the problem isn't only with RetroPie, it's with the rest as well : enabling SSH for terminal access reverted to disabled after reboot.

  • Where did you run that command? On your Linux PC I hope.

    If yes you can just skip the "status=progress". It just provides feedback. Without that it will process but you will not get any feedback till the entire process is done.

  • @vladquebec, i'm curious to see if it's a permissions issue somewhere, post the outputs of:

    cat /etc/fstab


     cat /boot/cmdline.txt


    ls -l /

    (no need for sudo)

  • Follow-up of something I've tried : I downloaded the most recent version of RetroPie, 4.3 and completely deleted the 2 partitions on the SD card. The part deleting the largest partition, containing the RetroPie data, took a long time. Right after I unplugged the SD card from the computer that I used to format it, I plugged it into the Raspberry Pi, and the partitions, including the data, were back. This clearly shows the problem is with the SD card.

    At this point there are 2 possibilities (1 more probable than the other) :

    • The SD card has begun to fail and cannot accept any changes.
    • Some sort of read-only mechanism has been enabled, making it impossible to modify anything on the card (less probable, but still a possibility).

  • @vladquebec If you cannot flash imgs to sd card, your sd card is dead. I have one that went dead and partitions/files cannot be changed anymore.

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