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retropie and waveshare 32b?



  • Hi, i have a screen from Waveshare but its a 4 inch screen, will this work for me?

    Please help really struggling here



  • @jamieclare Your best bet is to go to waveshare's site and follow method 1 to install the drivers for the screen. http://www.waveshare.com/wiki/4inch_RPi_LCD_(A)



  • @jamieclare said in retropie and waveshare 32b?:

    Hi, i have a screen from Waveshare but its a 4 inch screen, will this work for me?

    Please help really struggling here

    Yes, absolutely. the guide I posted will work to run Retropie with your 4" screen.
    You need to just need to copy over a different overlay as below;

    Following the guide above, In terminal, use the following lines instead

    git clone https://github.com/swkim01/waveshare-dtoverlays.git
    sudo cp waveshare-dtoverlays/waveshare35a-overlay.dtb /boot/overlays/

    But if your linux kernel is 4.4 or newer, use this instead

    sudo cp waveshare-dtoverlays/waveshare35a-overlay.dtb /boot/overlays/waveshare35a.dtbo

    Then specify this overlay to the last line in your /boot/config.txt

    dtoverlay=waveshare35a

    Save and exit, then reboot. Follow the rest of the guide and you're good to go.

    tl;dr
    Change all waveshare32b references in the guide to waveshare35a



  • @glennlake said in retropie and waveshare 32b?:

    @jamieclare Your best bet is to go to waveshare's site and follow method 1 to install the drivers for the screen. http://www.waveshare.com/wiki/4inch_RPi_LCD_(A)

    I would not advice anyone to do that as it will overwrite configs that one may have, custom or otherwise, in a retropie install.



  • I tried using this method on the pi Zero. I tried 3 times and I can't seem to make fb1 to show up. All I get is fb0. Is there any reason that this does not work on the raspberry pi zero? Oh, minor detail. I setup the pi to connect to my wifi network automatically on boot so I can SSH in to it without using a usb hub for the keyboard and wifi dongle.

    I am setting up the screen over ssh if that's any help for more info. I would appreciate any helo I could get.



  • @winnetouch said in retropie and waveshare 32b?:

    I tried using this method on the pi Zero. I tried 3 times and I can't seem to make fb1 to show up. All I get is fb0. Is there any reason that this does not work on the raspberry pi zero? Oh, minor detail. I setup the pi to connect to my wifi network automatically on boot so I can SSH in to it without using a usb hub for the keyboard and wifi dongle.

    I am setting up the screen over ssh if that's any help for more info. I would appreciate any helo I could get.

    assuming you installed the latest retropie and your display is a waveshare 32b;

    instead of sudo cp waveshare-dtoverlays/waveshare32b-overlay.dtb /boot/overlays/
    use this line instead;

    sudo cp waveshare-dtoverlays/waveshare32b-overlay.dtb /boot/overlays/waveshare32b.dtbo



  • @senkun I have a waveshare 3.5inch screen and tried all sorts. Will this work for the screen I have or do I need to change "dtoverlay=waveshare32b" if so do you know what I need to change it to!



  • @rog585 OK.. Here is what I did and I know it works (in fact I just verified it again on my Pi3 this morning). First you need to make sure your RetroPie install works normally with your HDMI monitor and controller. Then go to " https://learn.adafruit.com/running-opengl-based-games-and-emulators-on-adafruit-pitft-displays/3-dot-5-pitft" and follow Phillip's instructions. It should work for you. To make it easier you should SSH into your Pi and then you can just copy and paste from the command line. I hopes this helps. PS. I am using RetroPie 4.0 beta 2.



  • @glennlake I will give it ago, just updating the latest image file with Jessie so I can install retropi for the 18th time haha. Will have a look at this and come back tomorrow with any questions.

    Thank you!



  • @glennlake I have followed the instructions but once a reboot I am left with a white screen.

    I have used the original image file from the waveshare website which is raspbian on wheezy I have then updated to Jessie using this command line:

    update all packages except the bootloader, enter this at the command prompt:
    sudo apt-mark hold raspberrypi-bootloader
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade

    To update the bootloader:
    sudo apt-get install rpi-update
    sudo SKIP_KERNEL=1 rpi-update

    I then installed retropi and followed the instructions but nothing.

    Can you help!



  • @rog585 First I would forget about the waveshare website. Go to the RetroPie website and download the proper image for your Pi. Then make sure your install works and you can play a few games using a normal monitor. Now power down your Pi and install your 3.5 Pitft screen on the GPIO pins of your Pi. Now go to the Adafruit webpage I listed and follow the setup they spell out. Again, the best way is to ssh into your RetroPie and copy and past from their page onto the command line. It eliminates the chance of typos. If you left the HDMI monitor connected you will see an image but it will be distorted.



  • @glennlake Will try, I was using the waveshare for existing drivers for screen. but by the sound of it the adafruit does everything.

    Will report back.

    Thanks



  • @rog585 Yes. I went that route when I first tried to use that screen. Adafruit just updated their setup this June and it makes it much simpler. Good luck! :-}



  • @glennlake still noting, i have downloaded this image from the main download section retropie-4.0-beta2-rpi2_rpi3.img.gz

    Still a white screen, will try again later. I run through the full setup with no errors, just when i boot the pi i get a white screen and hdmi input says no input found?



  • @rog585 Are you able to get RetroPie to start normally before you start the install of the Pitft screen?



  • Yes i can install a keyboard etc. Then i run the lines in the command line from the adafruit, reboot and nothing just a white screen.



  • @rog585 Well, i'm at a loss at this time for what may be the problem but I will keep thinking about this. I know I really messed myself up a few times by not having the GPIO pins shifted by one pin. I went round and round until I saw this.



  • @glennlake So the unit needs to be one pin to the left?



  • @rog585 No, the pins must be lined up straight. But what I did by mistake is, I plugged in the screen to the Pi off by a pin and nothing worked.



  • ahhh i have just done that and the pi didn't boot up. I'm going to re image another sd card with retropi and try again. Thanks for all you guidance, really appreciate your time.


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