Just wanted to give an update:
I am almost at the 1 month mark, and I still can’t get passed this problem. I’ve used 1.5.1 and 1.6, used RCA and HDMI, used every emulator, tried using Keyboard vs Controller, and anything else I can think of.
I simply do not understand how people get this to work so easily. I am doing the absolute bare bones necessary to get the image on the card and loading a ROM.
All of the hardware I’m using has been confirmed to always work on the Raspberry Pi Wiki (SD Card, controller, etc).
Does anyone have any new answers? The people that get this to work so easily must be doing something that I’m overlooking. I’m at the point where I feel like I’ve wasted $75 on this project, and that’s frustrating. :(