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I downloaded Retropie for my RPi and I'd like to configure and tweak emulationstation from my Windows laptop.

I tried connecting to the Pi with putty, but I can't run emulationstation. I get the message :

X is running. Please shut down X in order to mitigate problems with loosing keyboard input. For example, logout from LXDE.

I checked with ps axg and lxde doesn't seeem to be running, neither does X...

I also tried running it from Xming but it doesn't work (the previous message seems to indicate that emulationstation doesn't use X so I guess it's normal). I can run LXDE from it though.

So I don't know what to do...

  • Have you tried switching to runlevel 3? – Gene Dela Rosa Jan 24 '16 at 2:35
  • You mean debian runlevel 3 (with telinit) ? I'm afraid I don't know enough about Linux to understand why and how it'd solve my problem. Could you be more precise please ? (run it from putty ? using Xming ? relations with the message ?) – T. Tournesol Jan 24 '16 at 9:22
  • Yes. I'm referring to that. just run init 3 as root. – Gene Dela Rosa Jan 24 '16 at 9:26
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    If the message advises against X , why did you start XMing ? I believe a lot of emulation cores will use HW acceleration or raw FB access - they will not work over VNC/RDP/X forwarding !! – flakeshake Apr 25 '16 at 7:02
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Do: apt-get update && apt-get install xrdp

Then Remote Desktop into the pi: 0.0.0.0:3389 (0.0.0.0 is the IP of the RPi)

Then you will see a desktop, but no icons or anything (Assuming you are running RetroPie and NOT Raspbian) just right click and select "Terminal Emulator" or Open Terminal and then type "emulationstation"

That should launch it in the RDP window for you.

I have not tried this, but it should work.

  • Hello and welcome. 0.0.0.0 is certainly not the IP of the Pi, at least not from any other different that's different from the Pi... – Ghanima Jan 25 '16 at 21:44
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    0.0.0.0 is an example IP Address I could have said X.X.X.X but they both mean the same. Obviously 0.0.0.0 would not work it will most likely actually be 192.168.1.X – Mitchell Urgero Jan 26 '16 at 15:56

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