Picade Controls Not Working

Hey guys,

I bought a new 10" picade and and built it up with a Raspberry Pi 4. None of the controls (joystick, buttons) work, even after the install script. When I am at the controller configuration screen, holding a button does nothing. When I hold a keyboard key, it behaves as it should. Backing out into the shell, using the “showkey” command also shows nothing for the joystick or keyboard.

Power button works on the X HAT, but maybe the X HAT otherwise is shot?

I’m using a wireless Logitech keyboard, K400r and running the latest fresh, version of RetroPie. Followed this tutorial: “https://learn.pimoroni.com/tutorial/hel/assembling-your-picade” as I have the late 2020 version that comes with Pico-8. Installed Picade X HAT using the command specified: “curl https://get.pimoroni.com/picadehat | bash”.

I can’t think of any more relevant details other than the external, yellow power button’s pins broke (they were sliding in and out) and maybe I caused some kind of short with either the LED or power? I have since disconnected sets of wires from the X HAT to the external power button


Hi, i’m afraid I don’t have any suggestions for you, but just wanted to say that I have the exact same fault (maybe Pimoroni have a bad batch of these switches?) and it hasn’t stopped my controls from being detected.

That’s what happened for me before i’d run the curl https://get.pimoroni.com/picadehat | bash scripts. Did you notice any errors when you ran that? The only other thing I can think is that maybe the button/joystick wiring is wrong or that’s faulty rather than the X HAT?

Perhaps worth contacting Support directly though.