- GERT VGA Adapter
If your monitor only accepts RGBs (not RGBHV), then you'll need a sync combiner like the UMSA, Kenzei, or an Extron Rxi. If your monitor accepts 240p RGBHV (such as some Mitsubishi and NEC
monitors), then you can just use a VGA or VGA-to-BNC cable.
- RGB-Pi SCART Cable - This is a direct conversion cable that even offers its own
software (use the RecalBox installation instructions below, but there's no need to edit the config file,
as it's already set by the creator).
- RPi2SCART - Not yet released, allows for Genesis and Neo Geo controllers to be
- HDMI to VGA converter - These won't support custom timings, but if you already own a
converter, maybe give it a try?
- HDMI to Component - COMING SOON!!!
- MicroSD card. I use a 64GB card in mine.
- Emulation software. I recommend using Recalbox or Lakka, but this guide will work with many different software packages, including Retropie.
You can use an HDMI to VGA adapter as well if you'd like. You won't be able
to use any custom timings, so overall the picture quality might not be as good, but if you already own an HDMI
to VGA adapter, maybe this is a good way to try it out? Basically, follow all the same instructions as
above, but use this code instead (installation instructions below):
Regardless of what software you use, start by
insertingyour MicroSD card into your computer and load the
SDFormatter software. Make sure to hit the "option" button and set "FORMAT SIZE
ADJUSTMENT" to "ON".
If you're using a 64GB MicroSD card, you may want to format a
second time using a DOS program (this is required for Recalbox installations with larger SD
- Download the fat32formatter software and extract it to a folder on your computer (I just used the root
of my D:\ drive).
- Open a DOS window, navigate to where you extracted the
file and run the command "fat32format X:", replacing "X" with
the drive letter of your MicroSD card (mine was "F:" in the pictures below).
- Hit enter after typing the command, then yes to all prompts.
If you get an error, close all Explorer windows (or any program accessing the card) and try
again. Click the picture below for a full-sized view.
Retropie / Lakka Installation (or any software
that uses a pre-configured image file):
Using this mod with software like Retropie or Lakka is extremely easy! After
formatting, simply load the image via win32diskimager (some machines will require you to right click on the icon and
hit "run as administrator" for it to launch properly).
Once it's finished, open the SD card and find the file "config.txt" in the root.
Open the file, scroll to the bottom and add the code shown above that relevant to your
Save the file, eject the SD card and connect your RPi to your RGB monitor.
That's it, really easy!!
Recalbox Installation (or any software that installs
after first boot):
- After formatting, copy the Recalbox files to the FAT32 formatted MicroSD Card.
- Eject the card and insert it into your Raspberry Pi.
- Boot the Pi with it connected via HDMI to a TV. The first boot must be via HDMI, otherwise it
- After the software configures itself, it will reboot to the main screen. Do not go any further
until you see the main screen!!!
- Power off the RPi and insert the MicroSD card into a machine that can read Linux partitions.
- Navigate to the "boot" partition and find the "config.txt" file.
- Open the file, scroll to the bottom and add the code shown above that relevant to your
- Save the file, eject the SD card and connect your RPi to your RGB monitor. That's it!
This page makes it look like there are a lot of steps, but it's actually pretty quick and easy. By
far the hardest part for me was just finding a way to edit the Linux partitions. Once I used a Linux boot CD
(or virtual machine) instead of trying other ways to access the card, everything went