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New USB Drive boot method in latest FW



  • While browsing the forums today looking for any reference to the Bluetooth support for the New Dualshock 4 that @gomisensei reported about here i found added support for booting up the Pi3 (only for Pi3) in the firmware.

    firmware: Fix usb/net boot issue

    firmware: Add usb/net support from next branch

    More information here

    This is an interesting development. Still in beta but this could mean that the latest Pi3 don't need a SD anymore to boot up the PI3.



  • i actually like to only have my asstes (roms, wheels, logo's snaps etc) only on my external drive and the base system whatever it is on a sd card. This gives me the opportunity to test / swap base systems (by "burning" an img file to the sdcard or manually installing) and still have all my roms.

    if you do usb boot with the system wouldn't you need to recopy over the base install / system each time from an sd card or need to (really) reinstall the system ? Might be good with something like berryboot or another multiboot system and multiple partitions for each base firmware install. I just find it easier to be able to just burn another image to my sd card and leave everything else intact.

    I use the retropie toolkit script to "extend" the asset folders. It merges both local assets (on sd card) and assets from a drive or even usb dongles. so you can have your favorite games on sd card and can take the pi with you and still be able to play some games when on the road. Or Have multiple usb sticks / drives you cary with you each with their own / diffrent romsets / assets on it. If you hook up another drive the roms show up and the roms from the previous hooked up drive / stick don't show again but your internal ones (on sd card) still do. It also doesn't copy the files. in case your intrested this is the video that explains it :

    The drive has to be NTFS and will be mounted read only but any file that normally gets written to the roms folder just ends up on the local roms folder (on sd card) so config's or saves or other files still get written but on sd card. Works perfect for me and i think i would prefer this system over booting from usb only



  • @Rion said in New USB Drive boot method in latest FW:

    While browsing the forums today looking for any reference to the Bluetooth support for the New Dualshock 4 that @gomisensei reported about here i found added support for booting up the Pi3 (only for Pi3) in the firmware.

    Yeah, i was experimenting with this when i noticed it fixed the dualshock bluetooth issue. haven't tried booting retropie on a usb stick yet (don't have any fast usb drives that are big enough), but i'd like to see if there were any differences in performance, etc.



  • guys watch out the script it uses is located at http://eazyhax.com/pitime/expand_to_external_drive.sh and adds avoid_warnings=2 to /boot/config.txt so remove it afterwards or you won't get notified anymore about undervoltage and high temprature warnings on your pi system. I only found out today.



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