Is it mandatory to upgrade to use grid view?
Hi guys, I was preparing myself to make a theme with grid view even when I haven't used one myself yet (I was waiting for the grid view to be more stable) but found myself unable to even use a theme with grid view.
I did update the retropie-setup script and then installed emulationstation-dev from source, found myself unable to change the gamelist view to 'Grid' (didn't have the option). Installed ruckage's neogeo mini theme and not only didn't have the option to use grid view but also the only image that showed up in the gamelist was the cover of the games.
I'm currently running retropie on jessie(RB-3B), Is there something I'm missing or do I have to update to stretch If I want the grid view?... I've read that is better to start a new image from scratch instead of upgrading jessie, and I've tweaked this image a lot over the years. Would update if that's the only option
Yes, you'd need a newer EmulationStation. Raspbian Jessie is no longer supported and doesn't have the necessary dependencies included to install it, so even if you try to upgrade from the RetroPie-Setup script, you'll still get an older EmulationStation.
The current RetroPie image - 4.6 - is based on Raspbian Buster and - yes - the recommended upgrade option is to re-install using the new image. You can transfer your data (ROMs, BIOS, some of the configuration files) with a backup/restore of your files. Of course, you should back-up your entire image before or even get a 2nd sd card to play with.
@mitu Thanks for your answer!, since the fresh update was my last resort I already did a backup of my files and also a backup of the image itself, I'll start over then, appreciate the answer.
One last question, I noticed that the grid view used to be two rows of game covers at the same time on the screen, since I couldn't check it myself, my wild guess is that it was prone to crashes due to all the data on the screen. Was it ditched and now every grid theme is only one row of game boxart?... or is the amount of rows optional?
@Danteraptor I think it depends on the theme, I don't know the intricacies of the grid view enough to say if there's a built-in limitation of the # of rows.
@mitu alright then, thanks for your help, I'll update my system asap