Figure 1: The PiBoy DMG kit.
This tutorial walks through all the required and optional steps in setting up a brand new PiBoy DMG kit. Each step in this tutorial links to an separate article for the given step, so it’s useful to open each step in a separate browser tab so you can easily refer back to this location.
This first step in the setup process is to assemble the kit. You’ll need the contents of the kit, a compatible Raspberry Pi and optionally, the HDMI out adapter. See this tutorial for the build instructions. You can also follow the video below.
Flashing the micro SD Card
Next you’ll need to flash a micro SD card with an operating system image. We recommend that you use our official image. The image can be downloaded here. Instructions for flashing the image can be found here. The official image only supports the Pi 4, when using other version of the Pi a stock Retropie installation with the addition of our scripts is recommended. Remember to extract the image before flashing it, as they usually are downloaded as compressed files.
Installing Scripts (optional)
If you are using a RetroPie installation that is not our official version you’ll need to install the safe shutdown and OSD scripts we’ve created for the PiBoy. Instructions for installing the scripts can be found here. Remember to allow the PiBoy to carry out it’s full sequence of reboots following the installation.
Wireless Setup (Optional)
You can setup the wireless connection of the PiBoy to enable optional functionality. This is useful for installing additional packages in RetroPie, using SteamLink and being able to SSH in to the PiBoy. The instruction for enabling wifi can be found here. You’ll need the name of your wireless network and the password to configure the connection.
Now that the operating system has been installed on the PiBoy you’ll need to install games. If you are using our official image or another RetroPie version you can use these instructions.
Mapping Buttons (Optional)
The controls of the PiBoy can be set to a custom mapping on a system-by-system basis or for the all emulators. Follow these instructions to learn how to do this.
Customizing the On Screen Display (Optional)
The On Screen Display (OSD) show system health information such as battery level and current consumption. You can select which option you’d like to display or turn it off entirely. Follow these instructions to customize the OSD.
If you encounter any problems while setting up your PiBoy DMG see this tutorial for troubleshooting steps.
Article last updated on: 23 Dec 2020