Share installing retroarch on raspbian pi 4 with image Raspberry Pi OS

struggling for at least 3-4 days, i finally overcome most difficulties and finish setting up the retroarch in my pi 4 with Raspberry Pi OS

I am here to share tips on installation and just make a post to record what i have done (so that i can recall myself later on)

Problems I met Q1:Successfully installed, can launch the retroarch but can’t core update. A: nano edit the retroarch.cfg in ~/.config , search for a line say core update and input a correct url Detail, please read this link

Q2:Sucessfully installed, can launch but ugly layout (missing image, pixelated text). A: should be the assets problem, update the assets. (Read next Question if you pressed update assets but no response)

Q3: Can not update coreinfo , assets and other things. I see it can download it, after the 100%, i can’t see the “Extract …” A: Change the directory of those thing into the home directory, so that the retroarch can read and write on that directory.

Q4: I uninstall the old retroarch 1.7.7 and want to instal 1.9.0, i compile it and make, then make install. When i launch it with command “retroarch”, I face an error said “failed to add service - already in use” A: I uninstall it again will the --purge during uninstallation, then i follow the guide on the internet to install 1.9.0 , everythings work fine.

Q5: How do i get the core? A: either by the “Update core” in the retroarch menu, or git clone from the github for some special emulator, but i tried , the flycast , dolphin and the PS2 seems not working for me (I would like someone teach me to do that)

Q6: I am playing but after 10-15 mins, a black screen comes out. A: should be the sleep mode or some screensaver problem. I just installed a xscreensaver , quote “Once installed, go to Preferences option in the main desktop menu. You should find the screen saver application. Launch it and search for the option to disable it completely.”

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sorry, i don’t know how to edit my post

i further post more guide on the internet as a reply teach you how to compile N64 , PSX without error

the command look like git clone cd mupen64plus-libretro-nx platform=rpi4 make -j4

another example to make/compile a core

these user use some parameter/ options