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Splash Screen videos won't play even after modifying autostart.sh



  • I can't get the custom splash screen videos to play. I have modified the autostart.sh file like everyone says but it doesn't work for me. Best I can get is for it to play once and never again. Is there some other settings to make?? Please help.


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    Please add more info about your system, as detailed in https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/3/read-this-first.
    You don't need to modify any script, you can use the Configuration/Tools / Splashscreen section in the RetroPie script and configure which video to play on boot.



  • @mitu
    I set my splash screen video at the configuration tools section and reboot and it never plays the videos. It will only play the out of the box videos. I can preview all videos so it is able to read them but when I pick any videos other than the 2 that are included, it goes straight to emulation station screen and then the game menu where I can select the games I want to play.
    I've seen suggestions to make the following change to the autostart.sh file but it doesn't fix my issue.

    "please edit /opt/retropie/configs/all/autostart.sh and above emulationstation add while pgrep omxplayer >/dev/null; do sleep 1; done"

    I've gotten it to play other videos once on bootup however when I restart again, it won't play them.

    Pi Model or other hardware: 3 B+
    RetroPie Version Used:4.5.12
    Built From: Pre made SD Image on RetroPie website
    USB Devices connected: 128 GB Flash Drive, USB Keyboard,
    Controller used: Arcade Buttons and 2 joysticks
    Error messages received: None



  • @ULTRA-MAGNUSS said in Splash Screen videos won't play even after modifying autostart.sh:

    @mitu
    I set my splash screen video at the configuration tools section and reboot and it never plays the videos. It will only play the out of the box videos. I can preview all videos so it is able to read them but when I pick any videos other than the 2 that are included, it goes straight to emulation station screen and then the game menu where I can select the games I want to play.
    I've seen suggestions to make the following change to the autostart.sh file but it doesn't fix my issue.

    "please edit /opt/retropie/configs/all/autostart.sh and above emulationstation add while pgrep omxplayer >/dev/null; do sleep 1; done"

    I've gotten it to play other videos once on bootup however when I restart again, it won't play them.

    Pi Model or other hardware: 3 B+
    RetroPie Version Used:4.5.12
    Built From: Pre made SD Image on RetroPie website
    USB Devices connected: 128 GB Flash Drive, USB Keyboard,
    Controller used: Arcade Buttons and 2 joysticks
    Error messages received: None

    I had the same problem. I placed my splashscreen video in /home/pi/RetroPie/splashscreens and it wouldn't work...so I also placed the video in /opt/retropie/supplementary/splashscreen..used the use the Configuration/Tools / Splashscreen and set it to my choice..rebooted and it works as it should. You will need root access to add it to the /opt/retropie/supplementary/splashscreen folder.



  • @ByteThis I'm a bit of a noob so excuse the question. How did you move them there? Did you do it from the command line on in retropie or did you do it from you PC by moving to that folder. If you did it inside of retropie, what commands did you run?



  • @ULTRA-MAGNUSS said in Splash Screen videos won't play even after modifying autostart.sh:

    @ByteThis I'm a bit of a noob so excuse the question. How did you move them there? Did you do it from the command line on in retropie or did you do it from you PC by moving to that folder. If you did it inside of retropie, what commands did you run?]

    How did you transfer your video to your pi ?



  • @ByteThis I move them on my network to the folder it says to put them in using my PC. I've seen the suggestion of moving them where the pre-installed ones are but I don't know how to get to that folder. I'm not comfortable playing around with the command line because I don't really know what I'm doing in there. Don't want to move some important file and screw up my retropie.



  • @Byte This nevermind. I figured out how to copy the files from the command line. I was hesitant to fool around at the command line. That fixed it! Thanks so much!



  • @ULTRA-MAGNUSS Care to share the commands you used in case someone with the same problem stumbles upon this thread?



  • @Clyde I don't know what directory you have your splash screens located but mine were in /home/pi/RetroPie/splashscreens. I only wanted to copy the videos which are all .mp4 files.

    From the command line (press F4 on your keyboard connected to your raspberry pi) and do a copy command by typing
    "cp /home/pi/RetroPie/splashscreens/*.mp4 /opt/retropie/supplementary/splashscreen"

    If you don't know what directory they are in, you can type pwd to see what directory you're currently in. Type ls to see what files and directories are there. Type cd to change directories and keep doing ls commands to see what other directores you need to go into. Once you are there and know the location do a cp command to copy or mv command to move them. This worked for me.



  • @ULTRA-MAGNUSS Thanks for the thorough description. 👍



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