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 Adding Roms to the SD card/ Porta Pi Emulators
Note 1: The Porta Pi Arcade project DOES NOT support software piracy or violating copyright laws. Be sure to adhere to all laws and applicable codes-of-conduct pertaining to your region.

Note 2: The Porta Pi Arcade does not come with any roms. Do not ask me how to obtain them. That's what search engines are for.

Note 3: Be sure to expand the File System before filling up the SD card with Roms. See the Expand roots section if you have not done this yet.


To Add Roms:

Turn on the Porta Pi if you have not already.
Exit the front end and plug in a flash drive with rom files load on it. Type:
This will load the GUI.
In the GUI, open the File Manager and navigate to:

This is the folder that you drop roms into. If you have NES roms, place them in the "nes" folder. If you have MAME roms, place them in the "mame" folder and so on. Note "megadrive = genesis" and "pcengine=turbografx"

For example:
Open the "nes" folder and open another File Manager window to show the contents of your flash drive.

Drag and drop the roms into the folder.

Do this for all your rom files. Make sure they are in the right emulator folder.
This process works the same for adding the .wad files for the Doom emulator as well as the .grp files for Duke Nukem 3D.


"But my SD card is already full! How?"
If you get an error, like 'system out of memory/ space' and you're sure that there is plenty of room on the SD card, make sure you've expanded the roots of your SD card. See the Expand File System section if you have not already.
If you filled the SD card completely, (no free space available or less than 1MB of space left) you will experience poor performance or constant crashes. Most likely the GUI will never load again. This could be bad... Do not fill the SD card completely. Be sure to leave some space available for CPU resources.

Exit the GUI and in the terminal type:
to return to the front end.

You will see your rom files under their respective system.
If you do not, make sure the emulator knows to look at the right file type/extension. To make this change see the FileTypes /Extensions section.

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