Getting started

As a minimum, your RetroEngine set contains the system, an A/C adapter, a USB card reader and unless you ordered the "Pure" variant, an HDMI cable and a wired controller. It also contains a memory card which is either already inserted into the system, or inside of the bag with the USB card reader.

In the Box
In the Box

Before you connect the unit to power, please make sure that the memory card is inserted correctly into the unit. The card may have shifted or fallen out during delivery. Please be careful not to throw the packaging away before you have located the memory card!

Card inserted correctly
Card inserted correctly

To start the setup, connect the HDMI cable to your TV and the RetroEngine and connect one of the wired controllers that came with the system before finally connecting the power supply.

Everything connected
Everything connected

The "Genesis" and Bluetooth gamepads are not preconfigured/paired and should not be used during setup (Please refer to the upcoming controller tutorial for more info). Please also don't use 3rd party controllers during setup.

Powering up

Once you connect to power, you will initially see this screen:

First Boot Screen
First Boot Screen

Important: The console will not boot if the memory card is not recognized. If the Power LED turns on but the TV screen remains blank, please unplug the system, remove and re-insert the memory card, making sure it is visually undamaged and inserted correctly, contacts facing towards the bottom of the console. Please have a look at the image at the top of this section for comparison. Once the card has been re-inserted, reconnect power.

More information will be given in the upcoming "Troubleshooting" section.

After showing the "Initializing" screen above, the unit will automatically reboot and you will see this screen:

Standard Boot Screen
Standard Boot Screen

Connecting your phone, tablet or PC

After about 15 seconds the screen will change again and you will see this:

Wifi Connect Screen
Wifi Connect Screen

Now you need to use a smartphone, tablet or PC to connect to a new WiFi network that will show up under the name "RetroEngine". For this tutorial, we are going to use an Android phone.

New RetroEngine Wifi Network
New RetroEngine Wifi Network

After selecting the RetroEngine network, on some devices you will be asked to "Log In" or "Sign In" to confirm the connection.

Sign in to RetroEngine Network
Sign in to RetroEngine Network

Once you do, the installation utility should start automatically and the TV screen will change again:

App Connected
App Connected

If the installation utility does not open automatically, open a web browser and try to open "http://retro.engine". Your phone will display the first setup screen. You have two options: Start the system directly in order to use the bundled software, or download additional emulators (more information will be available in the "Supported Systems" section):

Preinstalled Only Option
Preinstalled Only Option

If you choose to install the additional emulators, please be aware that the download (over 2 GiB) will take a very long time - please be patient!. The best case scenario is about 20 minutes on a 100MBit line, slower Internet lines can result in download times well over an hour.

Especially during the first time of availability of the RetroEngine, while thousands of people are trying to download the same data at the same time, delays are to be expected, again, please be patient. As long as the system does not explicitly show an error, the download is still in progress (More information in case of problems will follow in the troubleshooting section).

Optional Install
Optional Install

Please choose your desired option and select "Continue".

Connecting to your own Wifi network

The next screen will allow you to connect to your own Wifi network. Important: You need an encrypted Wifi network (one that requires a password), with a password that has at least 8 characters, otherwise the RetroEngine can not connect to your network. We recommend WPA2 encryption (which is standard on pretty much all modern home routers)

Also: Make sure that the network allows access on the 2.4GHz frequency band (some routers need to be set to "802.11b/g" wireless mode) and allows unrestricted access for new devices. The RetroEngine can not connect to Wifi networks that operate solely in the 5GHz band. If in doubt, please refer to your Wifi Router setup manual to set up the Wifi network correctly. The RetroEngine can not be operated without connecting to a Wifi network!

You will see a list of detected networks. Pick your Wifi network by touching/clicking on it:

Pick your Wifi network
Pick your Wifi network

Then enter the Wifi password for your network:

Enter Wifi password
Enter Wifi password

Once complete, select "Continue". While the phone screen may take a few seconds to change, the TV screen will change immediately:

Wifi password entered
Wifi password entered

If all went well, the TV will show that Wifi is connected:

Wifi succesfully connected
Wifi succesfully connected

If the system is unable to connect to a Wifi network, it will show an error message and retry until successful. If you can not successfully connect at this point, please power down the system and verify that your Wifi network is encrypted as described above and has full Internet access also for devices that never connected to it before. If everything works, try again.

Default Setup

Now, depending on your selection, if you skipped the install, the system will load Emulationstation (the UI for the various emulators).

In that case: Congratulations, you are done with the initial setup!

We recommend one reboot after the initial setup. The easiest way to shut down is to press the "P1" button on the RetroEngine. You will hear a "beep" and after a few seconds, the RetroEngine will power off (the Power LED will turn off). You can now safely disconnect from power (or restart by reconnecting power).

Always shut down the system before disconnecting power! Either by using the P1 function or by using the "Shutdown" option in Emulationstation.

Now check out the preinstalled Arcade games!

Optional Install

If you selected the optional install the system will check if stable Internet access is available and RetrOrangePi can be found. You will see this:

Testing Internet
Testing Internet

And if all is ok, the installation will start:

Installation Screen
Installation Screen

Again, this can take a long time. The installation is still ongoing, as long as no error is shown. Even if the animation on the install screen stops or changes speed, there is no reason to worry. Once the installation is completed, the system will automatically load Emulationstation.

Congratulations, you are done with the initial setup!

We recommend one reboot after the initial setup. The easiest way to shut down is to press the "P1" button on the RetroEngine. You will hear a "beep" and after a few seconds, the RetroEngine will power off (the Power LED will turn off). You can now safely disconnect from power (or restart by reconnecting power).

Always shut down the system before disconnecting power! Either by using the P1 function or by using the "Shutdown" option in Emulationstation.

Now check out the preinstalled Arcade games!

If an error is detected during the installation, the system will show an error message and after a while reboot - you will be able to use the standard setup. Refer to the upcoming "Troubleshooting" section for more information (also on how to restart the installation).

Finally, here is a video of the whole process from switching on the system to the start of the optional installation in realtime: