mypifi
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My experience so far

Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:53 pm

I spent the weekend playing with various emulators, trying to find the perfect one. This is my personal view/experience so far so if you can suggest ways to improve or solve issues it be much appreciated.

Retropie was able to play my amstrad Roms and one game of Mario on nes before it wouldn't load anymore nes games. Snes and n64 couldn't get to work.

Pimame could get mame zips to load but couldn't find a way to configure buttons or even a snes usb controller.

Cupcape this was perfect for nes roms as the size etc made it look clear etc, the only problem was I couldn't configure a usb controller as it seems it will only take control via the Gpio which was its only let down.

If anyone knows of any solutions to any of the problems above please reply, it would be good if I could get one of them working properly.

Many thanks in advance.

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DigitalLumberjack
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Re: My experience so far

Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:28 pm

Hi,

Retropie works very well. You may have to tweaks some of the emulators but it works well.

If you want to have a detailed list here it is :

For Nes, Mastersystem, SuperNes, Megadrive, and Game BoyColor you can use Retroarch with its corresponding libs : fceu-next, picodrive, pocketsnes and gambatte.

For what i know and what i play, it's almost 100% framerate on a large amount of games although it's not 100% accurate emulation.

For GBA you can use gpsp (not libretro if you want a good framerate).

For arcade games, i use pifba for compatible games (many run at 60fps) and imame4all libretro core for really old school games.

For psx games, i use pcsxrearmed libretro core but i only play 2d games or few in 3d with a good framerate.

Of course i overclock my pi with those settings :

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arm_freq=1100
core_freq=550
sdram_freq=600
force_turbo=1
over_voltage=8
over_voltage_sdram=4

gpu_mem=256
avoid_safe_mode=1
force_turbo=1
Bye.

mypifi
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Re: My experience so far

Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:46 pm

Have you got a link for this one "For Nes, Mastersystem, SuperNes, Megadrive, and Game BoyColor you can use Retroarch with its corresponding libs : fceu-next, picodrive, pocketsnes and gambatte."

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DigitalLumberjack
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Re: My experience so far

Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:36 am

You have all of these compiled in RetroPie.
Check in /opt/retropie/emulatorcores/ for libretro cores and /opt/retropie/emulators for retroarch.

https://github.com/libretro here you have all libretro core sources.

You will have to configure the es_systems.cfg file or EmulationStation in order to set appropriate commands to launch your games with retroarch.

Have fun :)

Neil Munday
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Re: My experience so far

Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:33 pm

Hi,

You might also want to try PES: http://pes.mundayweb.com which is based on ArchLinux and overclocks the CPU to 950Mhz.

This image supports: NES, SNES, GameBoy, GameBoy Color, Master System, Mega Drive, PlayStation and Sega CD thanks to RetroArch.

As the author of PES, I've tested it with quite a few ROMs and it works well. The only exception are (like you say) are 3D heavy PlayStation games though I'm trying to improve this for the next version of the image.

If you want to see how I have compiled the emulators, see: https://github.com/neilmunday/pes/blob/ ... troarch.sh

If you do try the image out, I'd be interested to know how you get on.

Cheers,

Neil.
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mgoulart
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Re: My experience so far

Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:41 pm

Neil,

Do you have any plans to add Mame or PiFBA on PES?

ric_rpi
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Re: My experience so far

Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:44 pm

smstext

could you describe what the issue is with mupen64plus? any error messages would be helpful.

You can also download/compile and run it as a standalone emulator by running the following commands:

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git clone http://github.com/ricrpi/mupen64plus; cd mupen64plus; ./build.sh; sudo ./install.sh

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Re: My experience so far

Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:33 pm

mgoulart wrote:Neil,

Do you have any plans to add Mame or PiFBA on PES?
I am considering some form of MAME support, as well as Atari support and Commodore 64. I'm also planning to experiment running the PlayStation emulator outside of RetroArch as other reports on the web state that it runs much better this way.

Cheers,

Neil.
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DigitalLumberjack
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Re: My experience so far

Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:15 am

Neil : I tried pcsx rearmed in standalone, i have had the same performance than libretro core... at +- 2 fps ...
You will tell me if you have something better.
And take a look a the supported games of piFBA, it's the only emulator that support some cps and cps2 games, and the kof collection. It's pretty smooth too.

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Re: My experience so far

Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:28 pm

DigitalLumberjack wrote:Neil : I tried pcsx rearmed in standalone, i have had the same performance than libretro core... at +- 2 fps ...
You will tell me if you have something better.
And take a look a the supported games of piFBA, it's the only emulator that support some cps and cps2 games, and the kof collection. It's pretty smooth too.

Thanks for the heads up, I'll take a look. Cheers :-)
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