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Day 3: Create your own Retro Games Console...

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So you should have by now, received all your physical items, and downloaded all the aforementioned software?

The next stage is pretty simple, next we need to install the software we have downloaded.

 

 

1-  Retro Pi:  Don’t worry about the RetroPie software just yet, we’ll get to that on Day 4!….

 

2-  SD Card Format Software. Go to the download file and follow on the on screen instructions to install the SD Card Formatting Software, once complete move on to the  WIN 32 Disc Imaging software….

 

3-  Windows 32 Disc Imager: As with the SD Card format Software, follow the on screen instructions to install the WIN 32 Disc Imaging Software.

 

 

All done?

We’re not rushing into things, so relax for now, Day 3 was a simple installation step in our Retro Games Console Tutorial. Tomorrow, we’ll begin by putting everything together and installing Retropie….

See you tomorrow!

 

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Welcome back!

Its Day 2, Step 2, of How To Create a Retro Games Console on Raspberry Pi.

 

Software/Downloads

 

(You must have a desktop/Laptop computer for the next stages. You will also require a way to install software on to your SD card. Recent computers should all have an SD card slot built in, but if they don’t you can purchase an external USB connectable SD card reader from a number of outlets.)

So with all our parts sourced, we can get into the ‘nitty gritty’ part of the Retro Games Console Tutorial. The software/programs that we require are all free and can be downloaded free from their respective websites. We have however provided links to them all, so simply go through each of the items and download to your computer.

1-  Retro Pi: You can download the latest Retropie version (4.3) from the official website here

Note: The type of file you are downloading is an ‘image file’, which we will be ‘installing’ on our SD card with the use of Win 32 Imaging Software (See Below).

 

2-  SD Card Format Software. You need the ability to format your SD card correctly. You can download the one we use from our website here.

 

3-  Windows Disc Imager: This is a tool that allows you to write images to an SD card, and in this case we’ll be using it to write the Retropie Software to the SD Card. You can download the software directly from our website here.

 

4-  ROMS/Games. Obviously, we need something to play on our Retro Games Console. There are loads of sites offering ROMS, but some are really REALLY bad quality so we recommend only sourcing the ROMS from the sites/sources we recommend.

Don’t worry too much about the games at this point, thats for later in the tutorial…

ROMS: Direct link to Games Website Here

 

That’s it for Day 2, Tomorrow we’ll look at actually putting everything together and beginning the setup phase of our Retro Games Console Tutorial.

 

 

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Hello Everyone!

It’s been a while since we last posted, but we’re back with an amazing tutorial on How To Create a Retro Games Console using the Raspberry Pi.

If your a regular Facebook user, you’ve no doubt seen numerous advertisements for the Retro Games Console, and whilst we also offer the fully operating Games Console for sale, we also want to share with you exactly how to create one for yourself.

We’re going to split the tutorial into 7 parts, one quick tutorial each day for you to work through at your own pace.

 

 

Day 1: Getting the Physical Items.

 

So you want to build your own Retro Games Console?, well lets get to it…

 

1-  A Raspberry Pi: This is the brains of the console, if you’ve never heard of a Raspberry Pi, its not something you eat, rather its a micro computer that we’ll be using to build our console. There are many versions out right now, but for our tutorial we’ll be using the very latest and up to date which is the Rapsberry Pi 3, Model B.

 

 

2-  A case for the Raspberry Pi: The Raspberry Pi comes ‘bare’ and we recommend purchasing a case to ensure your Pi stays clean and operating efficiently. There are loads to choose from, we’ve pictured one that we like to use but your free to choose your own.

 

 

3-  A power supply for the Raspberry Pi:

The Raspberry Pi is powered via a Micro USB cable, HOWEVER… We have found that using any old cable can cause problems. We have tried using old cables we have found around the house, but this has proven to be extremely problematic in regards to adequately powering the Pi.

The Pi Documentation states that the power requirements must be at minimum, 2.5A@5V.

 

 

 

4-  HDMI cable (Good Quality): To connect the Raspberry Pi to the Television you’ll require a decent HDMI cable, preferably one with gold connectors.

5-  32GB Micro SD Card– (Genuinely Branded), . The SD card is where we are going to store both our games, and also the program required to run the console (RetroPie). DON’T be tempted to go cheap on this option, there are plenty of sellers on Ebay and Amazon offering the real deal, but if you decide to go super cheap, don’t be surprised when, not if, it decides to stop working or doesn’t work at all.

 

6- Gamepad Controller. In order to actually play and interact with the games within the Retro Games Console, you’ll have to use a controller that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi and the program RetroPie. Fortunately, we have already sourced and tested some good quality GamePad Controllers.

We recommend a SNES type controller, but you can experiment with other USB controllers to see which you prefer, providing of course that they are compatible.

Retro Games Console USB GamePad controller

Once you have purchased and received all the above items, your ready to move on to Day 2 of 7: Downloading The Required Software

 

 

 

 

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Welcome Back!!…

Im assuming you’ve followed out first tutorial that guides you through the process of installing kodi on an Amazon Firestick?….If not, click here to go watch it and return here after you’ve finished. If you have, then lets move on…

Kodi is now setup on your Firestick, but thats only half the process really. Yes your setup, but you don’t have a ‘build’ just yet. Builds are collection of different repo’s and add-ons, if your not sure what these are, don’t worry about it, just think of them as buckets with loads of channels in.

There are countless builds available to choose from, some are large, small, device specific and others can be tailored to certain add-ons and some focus on a combination of them all, so which one to choose?

For this tutorial, we focus on the Wookie Build, which has many setups available within it, but we chose the ‘Wullies Build’, due to it being tailored towards Firestick use, but also because it has a good choice of reliable providers. You can always add your preferred builds later, but for now lets get one installed and start enjoying Kodi!

 

You can either watch the tutorial video, or follow the steps below, whichever is your preference…enough talking already!!.

 

Step1: Open your newly installed version of Kodi. When the home screen loads, select System from the Menu, and then select File Manager from the drop down. When it opens, click on the Add Source Option. In the box labeled none, type the following web address http://wookiespmc.com/wiz      then click Done. When asked to name the file, type in Wiz.

Step 2: Go back to the Home Menu, select System, then Settings. Now choose Add ons, then Install from zip file. Choose the WIZ option, then Click Me, Succumb to the Wookie option. You will now have to wait for the add on enabled notification. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient. You can return to the home screen whilst you wait.

Step3: Once enabled, from the menu choose Programs, then choose the Wookie option.

Step 4: Once Wookie opens, choose Community Builds. All of these builds are available, but for the tutorial, I used Wullies Build. So navigate down the options until you see ‘Wullies Build’, select it, then select Install. The build will now begin downloading and installing. Kodi may restart after completion.

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Welcome to the The Tech Soldier’s Tutorial, on How To Install Kodi on Amazon Firestick.

So you’ve succumbed to the latest craze, and gone and bought yourself an Amazon Firestick, but don’t want to pay anyone to load Kodi on to it.

Good!, because after this tutorial you’ll know exactly how to do it and wont need to pay anyone!. Please note, this video shows you how to install Kodi on the Firestick, but afterwards you will still have to set Kodi up in order to watch the latest Movies, TV Shows and Sports. Fear not, we have a tutorial for that too, just remember to watch it after this video…

A quick point to note before we begin; You must have an Amazon account registered before you begin the process. If you haven’t already, go to Amazon and sign up for an account (its free), and remember you’ll need a credit/debit card on file. Don’t worry, it doesn’t cost anything and when I explain this to people they immediately ask why they need an account with a card registered..

The Amazon Firestick is exactly that, its an Amazon product which is designed to be used in conjunction with your Amazon account. The normal way to use it, is to sign up for Amazon’s prime time, which is around $100/£80 per year, and allows you to watch Movies etc from Amazon Prime’s library. Obviously we don’t want to use it for that, but now you know why an account with a card is required!

We offer to show you the process in 2 ways, the 1st is the tutorial video (below) which you can watch on your computer/laptop/phone whilst going through each of the steps. This is a good way as you can do the installation in real time, and can pause the video through each step if you wish.

The 2nd method is to follow the steps which are below the video, either way your still going to have Kodi installed on your Amazon Firestick come the end of the tutorial. So without wasting anymore time, lets jump straight in and get it done…

 

 

Step 1: Unbox your Firestick, put your batteries in the remote, connect all the cables and plug that firestick into the TV. After a few moments you’ll be asked to enter in your Amazon email address and password, enter this in and then move to Step 2.

Step 2: Once you are at the home screen, scroll down to the Settings option. Select it, and then scroll along to the System option. Select the System Option.

Step 3: Firstly, scroll down to the Network option, and enter in your Wifi Password. After this, scroll down again until you see the Developer Options menu. Enter Developer Option, and activate the option titled ‘Allow Apps From Unknown Sources‘. You want to switch this option to the ON position, a pop-up will appear asking you to validate your choice, select ok. The ON option should now be blue. Don’t worry about ADB Debugging, in the video mine is on, but you don’t have to activate this.

Step 4: Return to the home page. Scroll down to the Apps option, select it, and then look for the App titled ‘ES File Explorer‘. You may have to download this, simply choose the ‘Get’ option, and wait for the download to complete. It should only take a few seconds. Once downloaded, open ES File Explorer, and scroll down to the Downloader option and select it. In the box titled path, type the following URL: http://thetechsoldier.com/kodi16.apk      and then click next. In the name box, type the work Kodi, and then press next.

Step 5: Kodi will now begin downloading to your firestick, this can take a few minutes but once completed, choose the install option. Another pop-up will appear, choose the Install option again.

Done!. Kodi is now installed on your Firestick…HOWEVER, you won’t be able to watch anything just yet, the next step is to Setup Kodi, which we have created a tutorial for. (We’re so kind ha!).

Click here for the next tutorial!!

 

 

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So you want to get involved in the Pokemon Go craze, but your based in the UK and cant wait for the release from the Play Store?

Luckily, TheTechSoldier can help you out, simply follow the instructions in the video below from an Android device.

 

From your Android device, download the Pokemon Go Installation file by clicking here.

Watch the video below…

 

 

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I love Linux. Don’t say that in public. Why? The majority of the computer users in our world have a difficult and complicated relationship with Linux. People have the impression that Linux is complicated and a time-consuming operating software. The command line interface of Linux also known as the terminal makes people think that it is perhaps the love of a geek.

If you are completely unfamiliar with the concept of a terminal within Linux, then you might understand if you remember the MS-DOS window in Microsoft Windows operating software. The terminal is used to run the computer by giving command inputs using the keyboard. It is a common misconception that the terminal is the only graphical user interface (GUI) that can be used in Linux. However, many of the people who have difficulty enjoying the wonders of the command line will be surprised to know that you can operate a Linux computer just the way you do in Windows. It is absolutely and entirely possible to work on Linux without ever using the terminal or command line.

How the Terminal is Beneficial and Loveable

The Linux Terminal
The Linux Terminal

There are many reasons to fall in love with the command line interface. A Linux lover might as well be walking with a list of these reasons right in their pockets to prove the reliability of the command line that so many have come to dislike.

Have you ever looked up computer solutions or troubleshooting procedures online? If you do then you will find that many websites will guide you with commands instead of screenshots of the series of steps. There is no doubt that screenshot trend is becoming common but there was more advantage to the command line solutions. The reason is that it is much easier to enter commands in a terminal window than following complexed screenshot steps. All you have to do is to copy and paste the given commands into the terminal window and voila!

Moreover, we are using different desktop environments due to the rapid change in technologies. Solution providers will have to navigate their screenshot steps to suit each individual desktop environment. However, the commands and the command line window will almost remain the same.

How to make the Command Line/Terminal Easier for Oneself

  • The first step to learning anything is to frequently use it. How many of us attended training programmes to learn basic computing? We learnt the strange language and interface of the computer because we took interest and used it.
  • Make a list of common commands and try using them one by one in the terminal window.
  • Perhaps Linux itself understands the stress it has caused, therefore providing users with the ‘man’ and ‘info’ commands which give information about other commands.

Typing might seem tedious to some but in reality, it is much time saving and effective to directly type commands to get the desired results. Once you develop a habit, you will come to like Linux if not outright love it.

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Customising Kodi: Adding Favourites

So we’ve downloaded, installed and setup our Kodi but what next?

Our next tutorial focuses on adding Favourites to Kodi. For some, clicking all the way through the various menu’s is too much work (for us too!) and so why not have a quick and easy way to access our favourites Add-Ons, Channels, Shows, Movies, Sports and everything else!.

You can either follow the steps below, or you can watch the tutorial video, it’s up to you.

To add favourites, we would simply choose the Addon, Shows or whatever that we want to be able to access quickly. I’m a big sports fan, so having quick access to Sky Sports News would be beneficial to me, but once you’ve decided you can carry on from here…

 

  1. So, our first step is to locate our chosen channel, Sky Sports News.
  2. In the video I am navigating through the various menu’s until I find my selection.
  3. Once I have located my choice, I simply right click on it, then choose the ‘Add to Favourites’ option by clicking on it.
  4. You would then click on the home icon at the bottom of the screen to return to the home menu.
  5. When you are back at the home menu, if you look at the bottom left hand side of the screen, you will see a star icon. Click on the star icon, and you will notice that your favourites menu appears on the right hand side…that’s all there is to it!.
  6. In the video, I also quickly show how to name your favourite whatever you want. I didn’t want the ‘Link 1’ text in, so in the video you see me delete this text and save the Favourite simply as Sky Sports News.

 

That’s it for the Customising Kodi: Adding Favourites tutorial. Don’t forget to visit our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages and remember to like and subscribe!

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So you want to change the background image on your Kodi Media Centre?

Easy!. You can either watch the video above, or simply follow the steps below.

1 First thing we want to do, is to select an image that we wish to use as the background. It could be a family image, a personal picture, whatever you want. Once you have selected it, copy to the Desktop of your computer for easy use, or simply remember where the image is stored.

2 The next step, is to locate the media folder within Kodi. This is the default folder where the images for your Kodi background will be stored. Rather than search through your entire computer trying to find it, simply use the Windows search function to locate the folder. Press your Windows key, and in the magnifying glass image which is the search function, type the following: %APPDATA%\kodi\

When the search results appear, we want to select the file named media. We would now simply copy the desire image we wish to use as our background into the Kodi Media Folder.

3 Once you have copied over the image, open up Kodi Media Centre. When Kodi is open, select System from the Menu, and then choose Settings. Choose the Appearance Option, Then choose the Skin Settings Option. Choose the Background Option from the Menu.

Ensure that the Enable Custom Background option is enabled. A blue dot beside it means we have enabled it. You would now simply click on the Background Path option, and choose the image we selected earlier, and copy it over to the Kodi Media folder.

Thats it!. You now have your own personal image as your background within Kodi.

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Welcome Back!.

If you’ve arrived back here after the first tutorial, you’ll be glad to know that after these short steps, you’ll have all the latest Movies, TV Shows, BoxSets and Sports Events all FREE! from the comfort of your own home!.

This step is about providing you with the appropriate add-ons to allow you to view the content within them. We’ll cover Repositories and Add-Ons later, but for now think of Add-Ons as apps, and we need to install some apps so we can begin enjoying the content….Fair Enough? Well lets get started, and don’t forget the video above gives a step by step guide on this whole process.

 

  1. Open your newly installed version of Kodi. Once opened, Select System>File Manager.
  2. When File Manager opens, select the Add Source option from the Menu, and then click on the box labelled ‘None‘. When prompted, enter the following web address: http://fusion.tvaddons.ag and then click on done.
  3. When asked to enter a name for the media source, type ‘Fusion‘ (without the quotes) and then click OK
  4. Click on the Home icon to return to the home screen. Now choose system from the menu, and then choose settings
  5. Select Addon from the Menu, click on Install from Zip File, then click on the ‘Fusion’ option, then click on the Start Here option, and finally the Video Hub Wizard option. You must now wait for the ‘Add On Enabled‘ notification which will appear at the bottom of the screen. Once this appears, click on the Home option to return to the home menu.
  6. Now, click on the Programs option. Select the Config Wizard Option, since this is a Windows Installation, choose the Windows option. Click Yes. The download and installation process will take a few minutes. For the purposes of the tutorial, I have skipped this part on the video.
  7. Once you receive the Installation Complete Notification. click on OK…..And thats it!

 

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