0

I'm trying to install RetroPie on an USB stick and I want to boot on it. So I follow this instructions HOW TO CREATE A RETROPIE USB BOOT DRIVE FOR RASPBERRY PI 3

The start of the instructions seems standard (I've seen this on other sites, for booting on USB, not specifically for retroPie), but It doesn't work for me.

I do

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install rpi-update
sudo BRANCH=next rpi-update
echo program_usb_boot_mode=1 | sudo tee -a /boot/config.txt

after this, the file /boot/config.txt ends with the sentence, but when I type sudo reboot (I tried two times), after reboot the Pi is blocked, just after the launch screen. The red led is on, and the green one blinks. I have a Raspberry 3B+, I don't understand what's the problem.

1

The instructions you used are seriously outdated.

sudo BRANCH=next rpi-update actually installed old firmware that is incompatible with the Pi3B+. The 3B+ also does not need the program_usb_boot_mode=1 changed because that has already been done at the factory.

I think the easiest way to install retropie on a USB stick is to download the Pi2/3 image from the Retropie website and write it directly to the USB stick. On Windows I would use Etcher (https://etcher.io).

Put the USB stick in the Pi and power it up. Be aware that there are some USB devices that are not compatible with the Pi.

  • Thanks! I'll try to install the whole things directly in the card... When searching internet on "boot raspberry pi", unfortunately there are lots of sites like this one... – FredericP Oct 15 '18 at 19:13
  • 1
    @FredericP It should be said that there must not be a SD Card in its slot, otherwise the RPi3B+ will not boot from USB. – Ingo Oct 17 '18 at 9:12

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.