Brad shows how to use Samba to load games to the Raspberry Pi from your Windows machine.
- [Instructor] By default, RetroPie has no ROMs loaded, which makes it kind of useless. Time to load some games. Regardless of how you load ROMs, you have the same goal. Move the ROM file from wherever you downloaded it on your PC into the RetroPie ROMs directory on the Raspberry Pi. This directory is located in your Home directory under RetroPie slash ROMs, and it contains subdirectories for each system that RetroPie supports out of the box. Since EmulationStation only displays Menu options for systems that have ROMs loaded, you have to restart to force EmulationStation to detect your new ROMs.
That's the general process. I'm going to go into a few specific ways of copying files. The simplest way to load ROMs. ROM that requires no special software, is to use RetroPie's built-in Samba Shares to copy files over the network from your PC. I already installed Samba during setup, so I'll open an Explorer window, and click on the address bar, then type two backslashes, followed by the Raspberry Pi's IP address. You may need to log in with your Raspberry Pi credentials, and once you do, you'll see this ROMs folder, along with several other configuration folders.
Open the Local folder where you downloaded your ROMs, and copy them into the appropriate systems subdirectory. I downloaded some MAME ROMs, so I'll copy them into the MAME libretro subdirectory. Over in EmulationStation, you can see it, there's still no MAME option, just the default RetroPie configuration page. However, since I now have MAME ROMs loaded, I need to restart EmulationStation by pressing Start, and going down to Quit. And restart EmulationStation.
And now the MAME option appears. Can navigate in there, and see my games. I'm ready to go.
- Installing RetroPie automatically and manually
- Configuring RetroPie
- Using RetroArch
- Using the EmulationStation front end
- Backing up your settings
- Loading games to your Raspberry Pi
- Configuring a USB controller
- Building an arcade cabinet