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Retropie MAME – Controller RANDOMLY not working?

I’m using a DualShock 4 controller borrowed from my PlayStation 4. I’ve used this controller for 100’s of hours of gameplay on the PS4 and never had a problem with it. In fact it even works on EmultaionStation without any problem at all.

However when using it to play games on MAME4ALL for RetroPie it’s operation seems to be entirely intermittent, random almost. I’ve checked there are no loose or wonky connections. I’ve even swapped the USB cable.

Eeek! That was it.

By changing the USB cable I managed to fix it. I must have at least 15-20 USB cables for the different gadgets I have and it’s amazing how different the shapes and sizes ‘the other end of the USB cable’ has. Super thin, a bit thicker, a bit thicker still…

The thing is with the PlayStation 4 the signal sent back from the DualShock 4 is always transmitted wirelessly – even when you have the USB cable connected. All, in fact the USB cable does is charge the battery of the DS4 an nothing else. So even playing for 100’s of hours on the PlayStation and never having had the controller not respond makes perfect sense because all the DS4 needs is some level of battery and a wireless connection.

With MAME however the signal is only transmitted through USB and a loose, wonky, wrong size or not quite perfect fit will cause problems – if the signal is lost, even for a fraction of a second, that’s pretty much game over.

So lesson learned.

Of coarse what I would like to do is build my own mini arcade game desktop cabinet with proper arcade buttons and joystick but that’s for another post.

Peace be with you peeps.

Simon

retropie roms folder not being created 4.0.2

So you’ve successfully installed RetroPie on your SDcard, you’ve selected the optional packages to install such as MAME, Kodi etc. You’ve then plugged in your USB drive into your computer and created a ‘retropie’ folder, safely removed your USB stick, plugged it into your Raspberry Pie 3, waited for a minute… only to find that the ROMS folder doesn’t get created.

Sound familiar?

It’s very possible it’s because you’re using Windows 10.

The USB drive needs to be formatted as FAT32. If you formatted the drive using Windows 10, under the format options there’s NTFS (which is no good because the RetroPie does not recognise this format) and the only other option is exFAT (which is also no good because the RetroPie doesn’t recognise that format either).

retropie

Surely exFAT and FAT32 are the same thing aren’t they?

No they’re not.

To get round this niggling problem I used ‘EaseUS Partition Master’ though you can use any disk tool / partition formatter that you like. Once the USB drive is formatted properly as a standard FAT32 plug it back into your Pie and away you go!

Best wishes

Simon

Remove green ticks on icons and shortcuts – Windows 10

Do you have those green ticks / checkmarks on your Windows 10 desktop?

To remove them simply ‘right click’ on your desktop to bring up the menu and click on ‘refresh’.

Best wishes

Simon.