I just installed RetroPi in Raspbian and now the install manual for RetroPi (https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Manual-Installation/) says I need to log out of PIXEL to use RetroPi. How can I do this? I have searched google and can't find anything that says how. Thanks in advance!

  • PIXEL is the name of the Raspbian Desktop (As far as I understand). At what step exactly in the tutorial does the error message occur?
    – otoomey
    May 26, 2017 at 16:18
  • The very last part. When I type in emulationstation its spits out errors and when I look them up I found a post on the RetroPi forums saying you need to log out of PIXEL. May 26, 2017 at 16:49
  • Yes you have to type that command after you log out. Try CTRL+ALT+F1 to open the 'virtual terminal' and then type logout. Then try to run emulationstation.
    – otoomey
    May 26, 2017 at 17:01
  • I think Camp bell is correct. There maybe a problem in that this takes you back to the GUI login, which is not what you want. You probably need to shut PIXEL down and start emulationstation from the console (i.e., without any GUI running). Can't say for sure tho as I'm not user.
    – goldilocks
    May 26, 2017 at 17:10

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Of course, if you have the money, buy a dedicated RetroPi SD (32GB ~$10).

Set Raspbian to boot CLI (command Line Interface); top-left pi icon->Preferences->"Raspberry Pi Configuration" -> "System" Tab->Boot: "To CLI".


and when you want to run PIXEL Desktop again use the startx command. "Shutdown..." menu will change to "Exit to command line"

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