Specs & Info

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This unit is a DIY kit. You install the OS on your own. In order to use your Sen Pi you must download and install Lakka:

Full instructions here: https://noticemesenpi.com/install-lakka-retroarch/

If you want to install Kodi, go here: https://noticemesenpi.com/install-kodi-on-the-sen-pi/

The Sen Pi is more powerful than the Raspberry Pi 3 & 4 for emulation
  • CPU: ARM Cortex A53 quad-core CPU @ 2.0 GHz
  • GPU: Mali-450 @ 600MHz+
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • External SD Slot (for your OS, games, or media)
  • 4 USB Ports
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wifi b/g/n (must install drivers for Lakka)
  • Ethernet (must install drivers Lakka)
  • HDMI (4k capable for media, 1080p for gaming)
Game Save Data – READ THIS

Before you rage and throw your controller, read this: Your save game files may disappear if the game and/or the system are improperly shut down (power loss, etc.).

For safety, we recommend using the “save state” feature built into the Sen Pi (keys can be mapped in the input menu). You can also enable an auto-save feature. 

Systems Supported by Lakka (DIY Install)
  • NES, SNES, Gameboy, GBA, DS, N64 (limited support – Zelda, Mario, DK64 are great), PS 1 (limited support), PSP, Sega Genesis/Megadrive, 32X, TurboGrafx 16, DOSBox, ScummVM, Atari, Jaguar, Lynx, CoCo, GameGear, 3DO, Atari, Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo Pocket, and more.
Fenek PC Controller
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless (more reliable in testing than Bluetooth)
  • Hold home button to toggle Xinput or DirectInput (may need to do this when turning on your system)
  • Recognized as an Xbox controller in Xinput mode on PC
  • 15 button plus D-pad and dual analog – L1, L2, R1, R2 not pictured
  • 600 mAh rechargeable battery
  • Micro USB
  • When used with a PC, be sure the dongle is above the table – USB 2 is preferred, but USB 3 works

NOTE: The system works best with one wireless controller and wired controllers for the additional players.

The Sen Pi uses opensource software. Lakka is a version of RetroArch (a Linux OS). This product would not be possible if epic opensource software like this didn’t exist. If you like what they are doing and want to see continued development please become a patron for them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/libretro/.

We are in no way affiliated with the Lakka or RetroArch team.

Regarding the Lakka Software

Update cores at your own risk. The system ships with emulator cores pre-installed. If you experiment by downloading additional cores and wish to restore the defaults, simple rename the “cores” folder to “cores.old”.

We highly recommend that you do not go into the menu and enable advanced options. This will only cause trouble and break things for most of you. The advanced tasks like adding new bios files and fussing with roms can be done through ssh, ftp, or over the network or even with an SD card.

For more info on how to use the software, please go here: http://www.lakka.tv

Installing Games

RetroArch Game backups or ROMs must be clean. Use “No Intro” roms. These are the only files the OS will index. You can still play hacks, broken roms, etc. by adding them to a playlist or by manually loading content from the folder. To do this simply select the option “load content”. However, life will be better if you use “No Intro” roms. There are even archives of them on archive.org.

Installing Games from SD or USB Flash Drive
  • Copy good ROMs to an SD or TF card then insert the card into the Sen Pi.
  • From the menu select “Scan Folders”
  • Navigate to the root of your storage and look for a folder called “media”
  • The SD card may have a funny name – select it
  • It is best to import one folder at a time (if you separated ROMs into folders)
  • Scan a few folders
  • Roms that are good copies should show up in your database now
Installing Games Using Sen Pi’s Internal Memory
  • Log on to the Sep Pi over the network
  • The network ID should be Sx05RE
  • In Windows, simply open a file browser and type \\Sx05RE into the menu OR press “Start+R” to open the “Run” dialog box, and enter \\Sx05RE
  • From here you can place your files into the ROMs folder
Accessing System Folders
(Advanced Users Only – We cannot refund users who change system files and can’t figure out how to fix their issues)
  • Use an FTP or SSH client (Filezilla, Terminal/Console, Putty, etc.)
  • Log into your router and look for the Sx05RE – Remember the IP
  • Enter your IP for the “Host” field
  • Be sure you are using SFTP or SSH
  • Username: root
  • Password: retroarch
  • Tinker with care

If you are using your unit and you happen to update cores (we keep telling you not to) and you end up breaking some of the emulators… Well, simply log in and rename the cores folder to “cores.Old”. When you reboot, Retroarch will revert to the pre-installed cores and create a new folder. All shall work.

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