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Lakka – DIY retro emulation console (lakka.tv)
76 points by doener on Dec 5, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 28 comments

I can find no easily accessible references as to exactly what "retro" games/applications are actually supported. Pretty essential information I would have thought...

There's a full list of consoles here: http://www.lakka.tv/doc/Hardware-support/

I got RetroPi running over the Thanksgiving holiday. It's hard to figure out what version of the MAME roms you need to use.

I'm guessing this is what you're looking for?


That helps out. Of course I have the 0.149 roms found on the internet archive. That set doesn't seem to be on the list.

Anyone knows if this works with a BeagleBone Black? They mention the Raspberry Pi as supported hardware (http://www.lakka.tv/doc/Hardware-support/), so hopefully it should run on the BeagleBone as well.

We don't support BeagleBone yet. However, if someone want to send a free hardware sample we will do our best to support it.

Well I have an extra board lying around but now I was planning to use it as a console emulator.... :/

So ... it's been a long time since I looked into MAME, XMAME, etc. etc.

What's the state of the art today? Is it RetroPie? Where can I find the ROMs?

You can find Roms by doing a simple google search for the game and adding "rom". Sometimes I might even add "download". You can also find rom packs on torrent sites. It's not hard.

For the Mac instructions (page 4, at the bottom), you may want to switch

    diskutil unmount /dev/diskNs1

    diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
The former does not work if the disk has multiple partitions.

Also you may want to put that command before the dd, because most people will have to run it.

Thanks, let me change this...

Also, using 'rdisk' instead of the 'disk' dev-file is much faster: http://superuser.com/questions/631592/why-is-dev-rdisk-about...

Lakka is based on OpenELEC. Does this mean that it should make as good a media player as OpenELEC?

No. We don't ship KODI. We do ship ffmpeg as a libretro core, but it's not accelerated.

Does PC support mean Minnowboard-Max support? x86 SBC.

Can this be combined with DOS support?

There is a libretro version of the DOSBox emulator. If that's what you want. It's not yet in the default installation but can be added using the core updater.

"Conclusion: Don’t buy chinese crap, prefer a RPi2."

From: http://www.lakka.tv/doc/Hardware-support/

This shit rips my knitting


"Cons: [...] The RPi Foundation is not friendly, they don’t reply to our mails about including Lakka on NOOBS."


seems to be an odd mis-match of tones on the site...

To be honest although I like the raspberry pi hardware (and would recommend it in comparison with some of the other boards) I'm not particularly a fan of the foundation also.

The reason being that they can't handle any form of constructive criticism very well. I dare you to make a comment about the USB design, open hardware vs blob thing, I will bring the popcorn. They have an extremely negative stance against competitors products which I don't understand. If it is real about the children and education I don't see how "competing" products that drives the prices down, are something bad in that regards. For me it is a healthy thing.

Personally since the beginning I've had a very negative vibe due to how to they communicate on their blogs, in comments, deal with people who have different opinions,... . I'm not one bit surprised that in the communications with the lakka dev(s) they made the impression of being unfriendly. You really don't have to be in direct communications with them to get that impression.

But they have the advantage of having a good product which in the end is maybe the most important thing. They make darn good inexpensive hardware.

Do you have any links to comments made by people in the foundation about the USB design or the hardware blob thing?

I don't particularly keep a database of links to comments being made some time ago, sorry... .

Do you have any relevant search terms?

I mean, you're bad-mouthing a few people here, and it'd be nice if I could check.

I wrote both sentances.

The boards like Cubieboard are stuck with a 3.4 kernel (if you want to use GLES), because unlike other manufacturers, they don't pay people to ensure proper software support. Some manufacturers also claim software compatibility with the RPi images, which is impossible, but may trick some beginners in buying their hardware. Dishonest, right?

And yes, we sent a mail to the RPi foundation to ask for some free sample (we are not a commercial organisation) and they told us very politely to not expect anything from them. They ignored our request to include Lakka in NOOBS two times. Still, their hardware works and they pay enough people to work on software so if you want something that just works, go for it.

Could you please spellcheck your posts and your site? It kind of hurts to read.

If you registered just to say this, it means I really really have to spellcheck :) I will.

Your spelling is fine Kivutar, just one mistake left... 'sentances' should be 'sentences'.

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