With an external battery of 10 000maH, it's the party!
Do not install the GPi Case on batteries !
Always use the USB cable for the installation and the first tests.
Just click and start, it's that easy! Recalbox detects and installs everything needed automatically.
To make your GPi Case work :
When Recalbox detects and installs the GPi Case components, it also changes some settings to get you up and running quickly.
Of course, all the settings are available through the
START menu and you can go and reconfigure anything you want afterwards.
defaultto avoid unnecessary HDMI resolution changes.
recalbox-gpicasetheme is already copied in
Now that you're connected to the internet, you can install your games as usual, using the SAMBA share (
recalboxgpi\share in a file explorer) or through the WebManager (
http://recalboxgpi in a web client)
Have fun with your favorite games!
You can run any game from 8/16 bit consoles and computers to the arcade.
For the arcade, you have PiFBA, a version of FBA optimized for ARM that requires a romset 0.2.96.37.
FBNeo (former FBAlpha), MAME2000 until MAME2003plus also run very well and many games are playable on them.
Some GBA/SNES games as well as some Arcade games may suffer from lag or slowdowns. In this case, you can try disabling the
REWIND option in the advanced emulator options. However, even with optimized options, some games will not run at full speed.
It is not recommended to install computer games, they often need a keyboard and/or mouse to start.
Unfortunately, the Raspberry Pi0 is not easy to overclock. Also, the GPi cartridge doesn't contain any ventilation holes to let the hot air out (at least on the GPi v1 case used at the time this page was written).
You can still play with the O/C options, at your own risk!
If your GPI is not stable after selecting an O/C option to the point where you can't change the options anymore, insert the SD card in your PC and remove the O/C lines from the
recalbox-oc-config.txtfile. This file is located in the
You can add a small copper radiator as shown in the picture below. Its thickness should not exceed 2mm.
The first tests show that you will have about 2 hours of play on a charge.
Don't forget that your GPi Case has a USB plug. In a car or at home, use the USB cable.
If the back of the cartridge starts to get very hot, we recommend that you turn off the GPi Case and let it cool down for a while.
You can also set the max image size to 170x170 to save space and increase the speed of EmulationStation with the external scraper.
This bug occurs when there is a problem with the machining of the cartridge, the connection between the Pi 0 and the cartridge is not done correctly.
Solve the stability problems:
Check your microSD.
Some models have problems with the Pi, not to mention the poor quality Chinese µSD.
Test with another SD, preferably from another brand.
Do not install the GPi Case on batteries !
Always use the USB cord for installation and first tests.
If it works properly with the cord and not with the batteries, either they are discharged or they do not provide enough juice, despite the GPi regulator.
Most rechargeables are 1.2V, not 1.5V.
It seems that some models have stability problems, at least with the original clocks, configured with the Pi firmware.
recalbox-oc-config.txt file in the
RECALBOX partition, and add the following lines to the end of the file:
arm_freq=1000 gpu_freq=500 core_freq=500 sdram_freq=500 sdram_schmoo=0x02000020 over_voltage=6 sdram_over_voltage=2
This will force the clocks to be configured with a slight overclocking of the GPU as a bonus.
Although mounting the Pi is relatively easy, you may find that your mounting results in imperfect contacts. Remove the cartridge, clean the contacts of the Pi and the GPi Case with an alcohol-based cleaning solution, reassemble the Pi.
Also clean the cartridge contacts in the GPi Case.
Make sure the cartridge is properly seated. The ignition button should not force, either on or off. If it does, your cartridge is not properly inserted or something is in the way.
If despite everything, your Pi doesn't work, or if it remains unstable, try with another one to determine which of the Pi or the GPi Case is at fault. Lend one to yourself, or at the very least, given the price, buy one.
If the GPi Case is at fault, you can try an exchange or a trade-in. In case of problems with the seller, give him all the procedure you followed in order to prove your good faith regarding the incrimination of the GPi Case.
If you are in one of the following situations:
At the first startup, there is nothing on the screen even after waiting a while.
You cannot configure the WIFI. Contact us on the Discord server or on the Forum and give us the following files, available in the
RECALBOX partition of your SD card:
For other problems, write us on :
Forum or Gitlab issues