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Main => Raspberry Pi & Dev Board => Topic started by: mamemaniac on April 18, 2019, 01:40:22 pm

Title: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: mamemaniac on April 18, 2019, 01:40:22 pm
Point me to the setup thread please...
Title: Re: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: J_K_M_A_N on April 18, 2019, 06:10:37 pm
I don't know of a setup thread but the Emulationstation-Dev version can rotate to vertical. There is also a Carbon Vertical theme you can use. You have to change this line to make Emulationstation rotate:

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Change /opt/retropie/configs/all/autostart.sh with the following line: emulationstation --screenrotate 3 (or 1)
I think 3 and 1 will make it vertical depending on which way you rotated your monitor.

Let me know if you run into trouble. I have a little more info in my notes somewhere.

J_K_M_A_N
Title: Re: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: keilmillerjr on April 18, 2019, 08:00:22 pm
attractmode, advmenu, retrofe... is this a trick question?
Title: Re: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: mamemaniac on April 18, 2019, 09:26:07 pm
No trick question here. Just someone looking for help that doesnít apparently have the experience you do with the Pi.
For more clarity...How do you have the pi boot into a vertical emulator front end theme? For example I want to run mame in an arcade machine. I donít want to go through menu selections to get to the emulator from boot.

attractmode, advmenu, retrofe... is this a trick question?
Title: Re: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: meyer980 on April 19, 2019, 09:43:03 am
Just use retropie. Retropie automatically boots to the frontend and if the only emulator your have games for is MAME - it's the only thing that will show. They have a very detailed tutorial on getting started: https://retropie.org.uk/docs/First-Installation/

And while JKMAN's method should work, I prefer to rotate the entire raspberry pi screen instead of just emulation station. You do that in the config.txt file.

Add either (depending which type of display you're using)
display_rotate=1
lcd_rotate=1
Title: Re: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: J_K_M_A_N on April 19, 2019, 10:42:47 am
And while JKMAN's method should work, I prefer to rotate the entire raspberry pi screen instead of just emulation station. You do that in the config.txt file.

Add either (depending which type of display you're using)
display_rotate=1
lcd_rotate=1

The only reason I don't like to do that is because I feel like it takes a hit on performance. Maybe that has gotten better and it is not as noticeable but I know it used to show when doing it that way. Some games that would run full speed normally would not once you did that. Again, maybe that was on the PI2 and not the PI3. I have not really tried it since I did on the PI2. It is MUCH easier that way. That is for sure.

J_K_M_A_N
Title: Re: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: meyer980 on April 19, 2019, 12:11:27 pm
And while JKMAN's method should work, I prefer to rotate the entire raspberry pi screen instead of just emulation station. You do that in the config.txt file.

Add either (depending which type of display you're using)
display_rotate=1
lcd_rotate=1

The only reason I don't like to do that is because I feel like it takes a hit on performance. Maybe that has gotten better and it is not as noticeable but I know it used to show when doing it that way. Some games that would run full speed normally would not once you did that. Again, maybe that was on the PI2 and not the PI3. I have not really tried it since I did on the PI2. It is MUCH easier that way. That is for sure.

J_K_M_A_N

Oh really? I haven't noticed that myself. I would have thought it would be *less* taxing since it's done at such a low level vs. doing it at the front end. But I haven't done any experimenting like you have.
Title: Re: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: keilmillerjr on April 20, 2019, 03:52:35 pm
And while JKMAN's method should work, I prefer to rotate the entire raspberry pi screen instead of just emulation station. You do that in the config.txt file.

Add either (depending which type of display you're using)
display_rotate=1
lcd_rotate=1

The only reason I don't like to do that is because I feel like it takes a hit on performance. Maybe that has gotten better and it is not as noticeable but I know it used to show when doing it that way. Some games that would run full speed normally would not once you did that. Again, maybe that was on the PI2 and not the PI3. I have not really tried it since I did on the PI2. It is MUCH easier that way. That is for sure.

J_K_M_A_N

Same reason i dont use retropie. Its slow. I use raspbian lite and compile and config myself. Boots so much faster.
Title: Re: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: FrizzleFried on April 30, 2019, 11:48:02 am
My blog has a bunch of Attract-Mode front end layouts I've put together for vertical rotated monitors.  Here's an example:

https://youtu.be/jTz_wNi2kSQ

The link to my blog is in my signature.  CLICK "AM LAYOUTS" on the menu...
Title: Re: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: morton on June 15, 2019, 07:54:13 am
My solution to the Vertical Pi issue is a bit complicated but not that bad... and i think gives the best results for little work:

I run 240p output into a CRT tv via composite...

1) Attract Mode as your front end.

2) On the AM forum there is a custom theme builder. I used that to make a SIDEWAYS theme that is a full screen snap video with wheel art logo, and nothing else. When your monitor is rotated, the sideways theme is now upright. Which way you need to turn it depends on preference. Set up attract mode as you would if it were normal, assigning controls for next game etc.

3) The game itself i rotate within Retroarch, and not in the config using the "display_rotate". I am not certain, but several have mentioned that this is the least burdensome way to rotate with the Pi in order to preserve performance and focus on actual emulation.

The existing themes on Fried's(cant belive i thought it was fred... must be fried myself. im a primus fan too) page may be your ticket as well... im just about to see what hes got now.

Title: Re: Is there a vertical Frontend that the Pi boots up into?
Post by: Substring on June 18, 2019, 06:22:55 am
Recalbox has a vertical theme, though it may be mostly suitable for 1080p than 240p