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?
    – Aloha
    Commented Jan 24, 2016 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 ?) Commented Jan 24, 2016 at 9:22
  • Yes. I'm referring to that. just run init 3 as root.
    – Aloha
    Commented Jan 24, 2016 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
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 7:02

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Do: apt-get update && apt-get install xrdp

Then Remote Desktop into the pi: ( 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. is certainly not the IP of the Pi, at least not from any other different that's different from the Pi...
    – Ghanima
    Commented Jan 25, 2016 at 21:44
  • 2 is an example IP Address I could have said X.X.X.X but they both mean the same. Obviously would not work it will most likely actually be 192.168.1.X Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 15:56

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