Pi zero w not working with retropie


#1

Sorry posted this in wrong forum…I bought a new pi zero w and it arrived yesterday very quick thanks. Unfortunately I am having some issues with it being a bit of a noob to this stuff I am not sure if I am doing this right. I downloaded and installed retropie to a sd card and it will not boot just shows the multi coloured screen. I have tried 4 other cards with the same outcome. I then installed the latest version of raspian and it worked although it seemed a bit slow and I was having issues with keyboard and mouse not working. I then took the sd card out of my working ops of retropie on an older pi zero and put it in the new zero w and it worked although no wifi or Bluetooth. I am now confused do you think retropie needs an update or do think the zero pie w is faulty… thanks


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#2

I bought a new pi zero w and it arrived yesterday very quick thanks. Unfortunately I am having some issues with it being a bit of a noob to this stuff I am not sure if I am doing this right. I downloaded and installed retropie to a sd card and it will not boot just shows the multi coloured screen. I have tried 4 other cards with the same outcome. I then installed the latest version of raspian and it worked although it seemed a bit slow and I was having issues with keyboard and mouse not working. I then took the sd card out of my working ops of retropie on an older pi zero and put it in the new zero w and it worked although no wifi or Bluetooth. I am now confused do you think retropie needs an update or do think the zero pie w is faulty… thanks


#3

yes, the current RetroPie image is not suited to the Zero W.

It’s possible to migrate the kernel from the latest Raspbian and in fact I suspec it probably works to ‘just’ run apt-get upgrade from a Pi that boots with the SD to yield a bootable card, but I haven’t tried it.

… I would give that a go, the worst that can happen is that it does not help.

Regarding the Zero W being a little slow, there’s currently an issue, that I suspect will be resolved via new kernel drops in Raspbian main within a few days. I certainly don’t suspect it will require starting from a fresh image, so if the above works that shouldn’t be lead to a waste to your time setting up RetroPie how you want it.

(but obviously, if you are in no hurry then waiting for the RetroPie guys to publish a new image is an option, though I wouldn’t want to guess how long that might take).


#4

Thanks for the reply… not in a hurry as I have a pi zero and a pi3 so will wait for updates. Love the forum and the site in general so keep up the good work


#5

Images for pi zero w on my google drive - 4.2 images will be out soon

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B_knGioK16E6eXJIZEtnMDJTeVk


#6

ETA prime on youtube seems to have an image up and running on youtube on the pi zero w, there seems to be image links and such in his description so maybe you could try that route.