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Retropie - Attract mode question



  • Hi all

    I am running RetroPie (latest build) with Attract Mode on my Rpi 3b+. I have everything configured as I want for the most part. As I plan to put the PI in my arcade machine and don't want my kids to be able to stuff it up, I am trying to achieve the following:

    1. Set Attract Mode to go straight into the "Arcade" menu. I've disabled all the menus in the attract.cfg file, so now when I boot up I see "Arcade" then when I go in there, it shows me all my arcade games on a wheel (as expected). Is there a way to force Attract Mode to go straight into the Arcade Games menu without having to click on "Arcade" first? I personally find it easier to just edit the attract.cfg if possible to make such changes.

    I found the line "startup_mode displays_menu" is there a "displays_arcade" or something similar?

    1. Is there a way to stop the kids being able to exit attract mode? I already have "displays_menu_exit no" set, but when button mashing sometimes I still get the prompt 'would you like to exist attract mode yes/no?'

    I have searched google and had a look on here, but concede I may have missed answers to these specific questions.

    Thanks in advance.
    DM



  • @darkmenace In the General options for Attract Mode you can change Startup Mode to Show Last Selection, I think that should fix your first question. For the second one I could only suggest you remove any button configurations for back or exit.



  • @BadFurDay said in Retropie - Attract mode question:

    @darkmenace In the General options for Attract Mode you can change Startup Mode to Show Last Selection, I think that should fix your first question. For the second one I could only suggest you remove any button configurations for back or exit.

    Thanks BFD. I did this and now it boots attract mode into the retropie options screen within attract mode where you configure everything from packages to wifi rather than going to arcade.



  • @darkmenace That setting should boot Attract Mode into the last display it was on before you quit it last time. You need to quit for it to work though, if you force shutdown or pull the power it won't save where you were. You should set a button for exit (not just back) and exit it from Attract Mode while on your Arcade display. If you then do force shutdowns or pull the power you won't need to do this again.

    When you exit Attract Mode does it go to terminal or have you set it to shutdown?



  • @BadFurDay said in Retropie - Attract mode question:

    @darkmenace That setting should boot Attract Mode into the last display it was on before you quit it last time. You need to quit for it to work though, if you force shutdown or pull the power it won't save where you were. You should set a button for exit (not just back) and exit it from Attract Mode while on your Arcade display. If you then do force shutdowns or pull the power you won't need to do this again.

    When you exit Attract Mode does it go to terminal or have you set it to shutdown?

    Thanks again BFD. It is now working as expected :)



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