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Copying ROMS - Wont boot afterwards
#1
I am assuming that manually copying ROMs to the SD card is not allowed?

1.  I write the image to the SD card and insert it into my CM3 and boot the Freeplay.  Everything works but no ROMs of course.
2.  I shutdown the CM3 and eject the SD card.
3.  I insert the SD card into my Linux laptop.
4.  I copy a folder of ROMS from the laptop drive.
5.  I paste the ROMS into the proper folder on the CM3 SD card.
6.  I wait for the operation to complete.
7.  I eject the SD card.
8.  I insert it into the CM3 and boot and get nothing but a white screen - it never boots.

I can copy via the USB stick method and that works but its slow.

Any ideas?
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#2
When you put the SD card into your Linux laptop, does it show up as a drive called 'boot?' That is a small partition. Don't put anything there (unless it's specifically meant to go there).

On Linux, you MAY be able to mount the main partition. I don't recall what it's named offhand. If you do, then you'd want to place things in /home/pi/RetroPie/roms... if I recall correctly. That is not the recommended method, but it would probably work.

The USB stick method or the SFTP method are what we would recommend. The Samba method also works if you turn Samba on on the Freeplay CM3.
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I had the same issues copying roms directly on the SD while in a linux machine. Don't know if its just a thing with retropie (this was for a regular RPI3 B image). It would either not save the changes once ejected, or leave my sd card unstable.

If you have a USB drive laying around, i would recommend to transfer using that way:
(source: https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/Transferring-Roms )


1. Make a empty folder called retropie (linux is case sensitive, so keep it all lower case). retropie will actually copy over the contents of the relevant folders over to the usb (since you have no roms, the roms folder will be empty).
2. Plug the USB do your computer and insert the roms (and BIOS if needed in the BIOS folder).
3. Now when you plug the USB back into your freeplay device and power on, retropie will automaticaly begin to transfer the contents of the drive to the SD card. Leave it for about an hour to ensure all the files have been transfered.
4. Then power off and boot again.

Hope this helps,
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(05-25-2019, 04:56 AM)Ketaketish Wrote: I had the same issues copying roms directly on the SD while in a linux machine. Don't know if its just a thing with retropie (this was for a regular RPI3 B image). It would either not save the changes once ejected, or leave my sd card unstable.

If you have a USB drive laying around, i would recommend to transfer using that way:
(source: https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/Transferring-Roms )


1. Make a empty folder called retropie (linux is case sensitive, so keep it all lower case). retropie will actually copy over the contents of the relevant folders over to the usb (since you have no roms, the roms folder will be empty).
2. Plug the USB do your computer and insert the roms (and BIOS if needed in the BIOS folder).
3. Now when you plug the USB back into your freeplay device and power on, retropie will automaticaly begin to transfer the contents of the drive to the SD card. Leave it for about an hour to ensure all the files have been transfered.
4. Then power off and boot again.

Hope this helps,

Interesting that direct copying does not seem to work.   What is even more interesting is that it seems to affect the boot partition even if nothing is written to it.

Ive now been using the USB method to get ROMS over.
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