DreamPi NOOBS-compatible image

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Re: DreamPi NOOBS-compatible image

Post#11 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:31 pm

dodo1867 wrote:Interesting seems like a great way to get the most out of the raspberry pi when being used for the dreampi


Yeah, Raspberry Pis have a lot of usage for retro game consoles/computers. This was one of the main reasons why I created these images, so you don't have to waste a large capacity SD card for only using a small DreamPi install, and to get the most out of your Raspberry Pi that you've already purchased.

Other interesting retro console/computer usage I've found online for Raspberry Pis:

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Post#12 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:28 pm

With the recent release of DreamPi v1.7 DLE, I have updated the Dreampi NOOBS-compatible image today against v1.7 DLE in the OP. Also at my DreamPi NOOBS image webpage, I've added a section detailing how I convert the stock images into NOOBS-compatible ones, if anyone ever finds the need to roll their own images.

Main changes with the new NOOBS image:

  • Updated NOOBS image against v1.7 DLE DreamPi image
  • Updated installer slideshow
    • Added optional WiFi connection to the list of minimum hw requirements
    • Updated list of online-compatible games, and added link to list of online games at Dreamcast Live website
    • Added slide with info about DreamPi Companion app
    • Added slide with info about the DreamPi WiFi Config Wizard
    • Removed slide about the speed bugfix

Next DreamPi NOOBS image release I will look into adding an online auto-update feature.

With NOOBS Full version/PINN, there is a file called recovery.cmdline, which has a repo_list argument which points to an online JSON file. This file points to other online JSON files, which have a master list of distros and parameters for installing/updating distros online.

After hosting the image as an extracted 7z archive on Github, 3 things I could look into for implementing this feature:
  • Contact the NOOBS/PINN authors with the NOOBS image info, have them implement the info into their master list
  • Fork the master list files into my own repo. Keep it same as stock ones, but add my info for the DreamPi image.
  • Modify the local overrides.json file within NOOBS/PINN, by adding the DreamPi image info to it with a shell script during install. This file overrides some of the info within the master list. I'll have to look into if adding a whole new OS that doesn't exist on the master file is possible.

Option 3 would probably be the best way to implement this, if it is possible.
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Re: DreamPi NOOBS-compatible image

Post#13 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:26 am

How 'bout Kodi?

Lol!
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Re: DreamPi NOOBS-compatible image

Post#14 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:31 am

Does the dreampi image have to be added via a Linux computer? I'm using Windows and I can't get pinn to detect it on SD or USB drives.

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Post#15 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:05 pm

Didn't notice that reply until now.

You can use Windows to extract the contents of the NOOBS-compatible DreamPi image archive with 7zip onto the root of an external SD card/USB stick. Make sure the external SD card/USB stick are formatted to FAT32, and that the archive extracts to "os\DreamPi" folder from that device's root, overwriting folders if asked. Then you would just have to install it from the PINN bootloader's OS listing (hold shift on boot). DreamPi should appear as an option and have a different icon indicating that it's to be installed from the external media (a USB icon iirc).

I just noticed a minor mistake in the download, that the archive is not flat :oops:. Odds are it extracted to "DreamPi_1p7_DLE_NOOBS\os\DreamPi" instead of "os\DreamPi\" on the device's root even if extracted correctly, which prevented PINN from seeing the image for install from the external device. I've updated the original download as a flat archive, so that others won't run into the same problem upon proper extraction.
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