Configuring the Xinmotek
controller with RetroPie is very easy, especially if you are using our
distro from the Atari
Games Card. If you’re not using our image, skip the first 2 sections of
this article and complete section 3 before completing sections 1 and 2. If you
are using out distro you only need to worry about sections 1 and 2. These
instructions apply for prebuilt Dual
Fight Sticks and arcade kits since they use a Xinmotek controller.
Press the start button on your
controller and select “configure input”, then select “yes”.
You should see a window like this.
Mine says 3 gamepads detected because I have another controller plugged in as
well. If you only have a Fight Stick plugged in it should say 2 gamepads
detected. If your fight stick or arcade control panel is seen as 1 gamepad, skip to section 3 then come
back to the beginning.
Press and hold any button on the
fight stick. You should see the name “Xin-Mo.com Xinmotek Controller” appear in
the pop up.
Press each button as it is listed.
If you want to skip a control, press and hold any button. Each button is
assigned a number, so you should see the list of controls populate with “Button
x” as you fill in each control. You can’t map the same buttons to multiple controls.
If you skip “hot key enable”,
you’ll get the following message. Say yes. If you want to use a hotkey, you’ll
this process for any other controllers (including the second player's controls on your arcade or fight stick), then select quit and restart Emulation
Station. If you press the wrong button as you’re mapping your controls you’ll
need to redo the mapping from the beginning. There’s no easy way to return to a
button you mapped previously.
Next we’ll map our controls in
RetroArch. Scroll to the RetroPie icon and press A. Then scroll to RetroArch
and press A.
Next, scroll to the gear icon,
then to “inputs” and select “port 1 binds”. You should see the name of the
controller (xin-mo.com Xinmotek Controller) listed in “Device Index” in the
Scroll down to “Bind All” and
press each button as they come up. You can wait a few seconds for the timeout
if you want to skip a button. Use B to get back to the previous menu and repeat this process to set "port 2 binds" for player 2.
Hit B to return to the main menu,
then select Configuration File under the RetroArch logo.
Select "save current configuration", then
hit B, then select "Quit RetroArch:. This will take you back to EmulationStation. All
of your controllers should now be mapped properly.
3. Adding 2 player support on RetroPie
The XinMo Co controller interface
we use shows up as a single player on RetroPie. This can easily be fixed by
adding a little information to a boot file. Boot to EmulationStation and plug
in a keyboard. Press shift+f4 to open the terminal. Next, type
sudo nano /boot/cmdline.txt
Add the following text on the same
line as any other text already there:
For more information on the XinMo
controller you can check the manufacturer’s website or the RetroPie
For reference, here’s a screenshot of cmdline.txt from our image after opening it in Nano:
And the raw text so it’s easier to
console=serial0,115200 console=tty3 root=/dev/mmcblk0p7 rootfstype=ext4
elevator=deadline fsck.repair=yes rootwait loglevel=3 consoleblank=0
We have usbhid.quirks at the
beginning of the line, but it can be at the end too. Everything needs to be on
Hit ctrl+x to exit, then Y to save, then enter.
Type “sudo reboot” to reboot the system. Your Fight Stick should now be seen as
2 controllers. Head back up to section 1 and map controls for each player.
Mapping and configuring your
Xinmotek controller is a simple but important step in building your arcade
system. By following the instructions above you’ll have your arcade up and
running in no time whether you choose to use our RetroPie image from the Atari
Games SD card or the base image available from RetroPie.
This method also worked in Lakka. Unfortunately Android RetroArch does not have a boot or cmd file. I cannot get the 2nd controller to work. Whats worse is I cant find a version of Lakka, Retropie, Emuelec, Batocera that boots up on a SD card for and Android TV box so I am using RetroArch from the Google Play Store. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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