Can I run different OS on CrowPi2 (ex. Raspberry Pi OS, RetroPie, LibreELEC, Ubuntu, etc.)?

edited April 2021 in Programming

Yes, you may. To write a new system SD card, follow the steps below

  1. Download and flash your desired OS to a new microSD card using the Raspberry Pi Imager. For details, visit the link Install Raspberry Pi OS using Raspberry Pi Imager.
  2. Use a text editor, open the config.txt file under the /boot partition on the new microSD card and add (cut & paste) the following statements to the end of the file
[EDID=RTK_RTK-FHD]
hdmi_force_hotplug=1
hdmi_group=2
hdmi_mode=82
hdmi_drive=2
enable_uart=1
gpio=0=op,dl
[all]

Example of a step-by-step instructions to flash a RetroPie image on the Crowpi2.

1.Insert a new microSD card (32GB or larger) with a USB microUSB card Adapter into a USB port of the CrowPi2.

2.Launch the Raspberry Pi Imager app (Menu > Accessories > Imager).


3.Click CHOOSE OS.


4.From the Operating System list, choose Emulation and game OS.


5.Choose RetroPie


6.Choose the appropriate version for your Raspberry Pi model.


7.Click CHOOSE SD CARD.


8.From the SD Card list, choose your desired SD Card for flashing with the selected image.


9.Review your selected OS and SD Card and then click WRITE.


10.Click YES, when you are ready to start the flashing process.


11.After flashing has completed, click CONTINUE and close the Raspberry Pi Imager app.


12.Next, you will need to edit the config.txt file in the newly flashed RetroPie SD Card before it is suitable for use with the CrowPi2.

13.Unplug the USB microSD Card Adapter with the RetroPie SD Card and then plug it back in for it to be mounted in the system.

14.Open a new Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T).

15.Edit the config.txt file in the RetroPie SD Card with your favorite text editor (ex. nano). Type

 sudo nano /media/pi/boot/config.txt and press Enter.

16.Cut and paste the following statements to the end of the file.

[EDID=RTK-RTK_FHD]
hdmi_force_hotplug=1
hdmi_group=2
hdmi_mode=82
hdmi_drive=2
enable_uart=1
gpio=0=op,dl
[all]

17.Press  Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save the file and exit the editor.

18.Finally, your RetroPie SD Card is now ready for use in the CrowPi2. Shutdown the system, then unplug the power and replace the system SD Card with the RetroPie SD Card.

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