Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Turning off Vertical Sync for RetroPie (Input Lag Fix)

For those of you who have a Raspberry Pi Zero or regular Raspberry Pi this maybe of help to you.  I am unsure if there is any issues with Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 with input lag however there is a lot of lag on the older versions.  I found that if turning off vertical sync you will get a better button response and games are a lot more playable.

So to begin make sure you have SAMBA setup or are using SH.  For this I am using SAMBA so if your an SH user then this maybe not of any help to you unless you already know what to do.

Anyways from Windows open RetropPie from a windows explorer going to network and click on the RetroPie icon that should be there if you have a network connection setup.  Put in your username which is "Pi" without quotes and password "raspberry" again without quotes.

Now you should see folders and were going to want to open "\\RETROPIE\configs\all".  Then your going to want to open retroarch.cfg with Notepad++ and do not edit with Windows Notepad.  You can grab Notepad++ from

Now that you installed Notepad++ and have retroarch.cfg  opened your going to want to find line "163".  There you will find vertical_sync = true and were going to want to change that to false.  Once you have done that click the floppy icon to save and close Notepad++.

You have now disabled vertical sync within RetroPie and do note that you may see some tiny but very unnoticeable screen tearing it's not even a bother for a lot of the games I've played.  So now that you have done this enjoy playing your games the way they were meant to be.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Windows 10 Start Menu Flickering Fix

If you have the problem displayed in the video which was created by Danila Syrtsov there is a simple fix.  We are going to want to make a cool batch file which we can open that restarts the explorer.  Do note that restarting the explorer can close some open file explorers when you open the batch file and may interrupt copying, moving and deleting files.  Okay so all were going to want to do is open note pad and copy the following.

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
Start explorer.exe

Then all we want to do is save the file as explorer.bat but make sure before doing so that "all files" is selected at the bottom cause if you don't it will probably save as restart explorer.bat.txt and we don't want that.  Make sure to save to desktop for easy access.

Okay so once that is complete make sure you aren't doing any work and give that batch file a test.  You will see the screen go completely blank and then restart itself.  I want to thank my friend Chris Fleet for giving me this idea.  Its easy to open the task manager and close it but the batch file makes it even easier and more helpful.  Now that you have this cool little tool you can fix the start menu from flickering.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NBA Hangtime (Windows 10 Framerate Fix)

Here is another game that needs a simple fix.  If you have the game installed it might play out of the box but I found the framerate was very slow making it feel very unplayable.  Once again this fix uses the Windows Compatibility Toolkit so grab that using Google as there is many versions.

So the only thing you need to do in Windows Compatibility Kit 32 is add these features on the first page.

Once you have added these skip the next page and click auto generate then next.  Go to save and install and your ready to play the game in higher framerates.