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How To Build A Raspberry Retro Pie Gaming Set

By Walter Hall

Since the invention of the computer, tech entrepreneurs from all over the world have designed and sold tons of models. While most computers in the market are widely used in commercial and corporate circles, there is only one model that has managed to hit the mark for computer hobbyists. The Raspberry Pi computer gives you the power to learn more by tweaking it to perform in whichever manner you desire. If you have always desired to relive the good old days of computer arcade games, here is a guide to turning your device into a Raspberry Retro Pie gaming set.

To begin with, make sure all the hardware required for the exercise is present. The first item you should get is a Raspberry Pi. A decent one should cost you nothing more than thirty five dollars. Once bought, ensure its network interface is correctly configured for internet connectivity.

Old models come without preconfigured wireless network interfaces. You must purchase the network adapter and install it personally. In a way, this will help you build on your hardware skills besides enhancing your knowledge on computers. In addition, buy a plastic case to cover the integrated circuit with. 50 dollars should be sufficient to cover the cost of all the aforementioned hardware.

Once through with assembling the hardware, start working on the software. Using a separate Windows computer, download Retro Pie as a software image. All Raspberry Pi machines lack in built hard drives.

As an alternative, you may insert a micro SD card from where the image will load. The image will enable you to run various vintage games as it comes with lots of preinstalled tools and utilities to facilitate that. When downloading it, be sure to select the version that best suits the model of your computer.

Thereafter, format your storage card to make it work on your Pi. The best format to use here is FAT32. For convenience, do this on your Windows machine. Once done, leave the card attached to the machine.

The downloaded image ought to be installed inside it and not in the local machine. To aid in this process, look for a great disk imaging program online and download it. A good one should have an easy to use interface that can guide you on all the installation steps, including setting the SD card as the installation destination.

With the installation over, remove the card from its port and slot it into your Pi. Get all the peripherals required for gaming and plug them in their respective ports. Upon restarting the machine, a Retro Pie interface will pop up from where you can select the games you want. Just follow the instructions that appear for easy usage.

Also remember that most vintage games are copyright protected. Luckily, the image comes with a few preinstalled ones you could try out. When finalizing the installation, ensure you specify the controls for the best experience. You can opt to use a USB gamepad or a keyboard.

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