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  • methylamine
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    Yep I hear you, we all start out lost in Linux.
    Best I can tell you is browse around YouTube, there are plenty of How-To tutorials on basic linux use.

    You can also have a graphic front-end–a GUI, like Windows–to do the file manipulations if you don’t want to use the arcane command-line tools. I force myself to use command-line because ultimately it’s faster and more accurate. But if you “startx”, you’ll get a basic GUI in Debian.

    Sounds like you’re starting from ground zero, with a steep learning curve. The benefit is you’ve got an incentive–and if you learn it you’ve got a new professional skill :)

    methylamine
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    Hey nate–don’t get frustrated, it just takes some patience.
    Totally worthwhile–my kids, wife, and I spent practically all of Sunday enjoying old Sega, NES, SNES games, what a blast!

    If you’re totally new to Linux command line just take it slow, read some tutorials on the basics.

    Easiest way to get set up: have the RPi attached to the XBox adapter, a keyboard and your TV. Sit on your couch with your XBox controller and a laptop. Connect to the RPi with SSH.

    Now, you have the RPi visible on TV and on your SSH session; you can do all the Linux command-line stuff in the SSH, you can push files and ROM’s to it from your laptop via a network share, and you can fool with the controller and keyboard.

    Don’t be afraid to re-image the RPi’s SD card if you get too fubared; start fresh. I re-imaged once after I’d gotten really close but still wasn’t working.

    And above all, follow the instructions in:
    https://github.com/retropie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/Setting-up-the-XBox360-controller

    After getting the initial setup…that is, writing the 2.3 image to the SD card, doing “raspi-config” to expand the partition, and installing the XBox driver….do method 3 of the above.

    I’m working on getting MAME going now; none of my classic arcade game ROM’s work :(

    methylamine
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    @Swandog

    You and I were struggling with the same issues at about the same time! I worked until 3AM Sunday morning getting it sorted out.

    Did you finally get everything working?

    Trimtab’s suggestions especially around “jstest” were the turning point for me.

    In addition use Method #3 in the “Setting Up the XBox360 Controller” instructions; the rc.local trick (method 1) isn’t the best.

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