Install Lakka (RetroArch)

Lakka is our preferred retro gaming emulation OS because it’s theme is basically just RetroArch, so it’s lighter weight than emulation station or something similar. However, this unit has 2GB or RAM and a powerful CPU, so that will work as well. Pick whichever you like.

Networking is not working in the latest version of the OS. We use Lakka without networking, but this might be an issue for some of you.

Here’s what you need:

  1. Get this copy of Lakka:
  2. Download this device tree file: (use gxl_p212_2g.dtb)
  3. Download and install balenaEtcher:
  4. You have to extract the .gz file. I use 7zip for this. WinRAR or another program will work fine.

I like to put all that into a folder, so it’s easy to work with, but it’s up to you. Here’s what to do next:

  1. Open balenaEtcher, select “Flash from file,” pick the Lakka img file you just extracted, select your SD card, and click flash. You will need to click “yes” on a prompt.
  2. . Once finished flashing, put the SD card into your Sen Pi and power it on. This process might take 3-5 minutes. After that, you are into the OS! Here’s how to configure your OS and set up some roms.

If you want a custom background, simply create an extra folder on your SD card and throw a wallpaper in there. You can easily select it once you install your OS. Here are the ones we use:

video coming soon