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Retropie successfully built using original Pi Model B

  • I have successfully built a retropie system using a original Pi model B 256MB Ram. Yes it does work, but not all of the emulators work as the pi does not have the power under the hood to run the games. However here is a list of console emulators that runs games perfect well using the original pi.

    Atari 2600
    Atari 5200
    Atari 7800
    Atari Lynx
    Game Gear
    Original Game Boy
    Game Boy Color
    Sega Master System
    Neo Geo
    Neo Geo Pocket Color
    PC Engine

    Basicly I have learned anything made before Sega 32X and Gameboy advance will work on an original Pi. Emulators such as the GBA will work but are very slow and not very playable.

    I will try other consoles and will let you know if they work.

    Thank you and Regards.

  • I forgot to mention, here is a list of emulators that definiting don't work.

    N64 - Works but extremely slow.
    Dosbox - Does work eventually.
    Sega CD - Doesn't boot at all.
    Dreamcast - as with N64
    PSX and PS2 - have not tried but suspect the same as N64
    Amiga - emulator won't install

    Sega 32X - does work but is borderline slow. Some games work are very slow, others are fine. I think I will persue this one. Knuckles Chaotix is very slow.

    New emulators that work:

    Apple 2 - requires keybpard
    Colecovision - requires keyboard.

    Will try zx spectrum and C64 next.


  • Hello,

    Successfully got zx spectrum and C64 working fine, usb keyboard required for both. Anyway finished with this project, will move to putting a pi zero in a nes cartridge. Please see other posts for advice on that. Hope my information helps. It proves that the original Pi are not complete write offs.

    Thank you and regards

  • Hello,

    Please note that I am using the following hardware and software.

    Pi 1 Model B.
    Retro Pi version 4.2.

    This is an old version of Retro Pi, but works well on the pi 1 model b. Later versions lag very badly. Download it here at Scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will see version 4.2 and you will need the pi 1/zero version. Install as normal.

    I used Applepi Baker on Mac. Then installed the roms via the samba network. You will also need to install some emulators. You can do this in Retropi itself, but from source not from binary.

    Thank you and regards.

  • WARNING: Overlocking can damage your pi.


    I have been messing around with the pi 1 model b, and I have found that if you overclock the retropi, to 1000mHz, and sigificantly increases your speed of pi and are able to play emulators that you were not able to play before. This includes Sega 32x and GBA. However overclocking your pi can seriously damage your pi. This is because you are forcing the CPU to work faster then it was designed for. Recommand you do this for short periods of time, but never long term. The only Pi that you can successfully overclock is the Pi Zero, which has been designed at the hardware level to run at 1000mHz. To overclock go to retropi settings and then go to overclocking.

    Also if you add a keyboard and mouse you can use the ports emulator. In the retropi settings, to to retro pi setup. Click on optional packages, that then scroll down to the bottom of the list, you will find a selection of open-source (free) games to play with a keyboard and mouse. Connect the pi to the internet and download from binary. Reboot the pi and then play. All work on the pi 1 model b without overclocking.

    Thank you and regards.

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