Retro Arcade & Classic Console Games for Your TV Box FAQ – Open

Just got your tv box with game loaded SD card?
In order to protect the SD card, we’ve put it in the SD card slot on the side of your tv box. If you plug in your tv box with the SD card in, it will start in game mode. Below we go into how to change to tv mode.

Important info about controllers:
If you ordered controllers with the game card, they have already been configured. On some tv boxes, Player 1 (the boss controller) is the one plugged into the USB port closest to the front of the tv box but not always. If the Player 1 controller isn’t doing what it should in the port closest to the front of the tv box, that port is Player 2 and Player 1 is the USB port closest to the back of the tv box.

If you have a mini keyboard or other USB device (that’s not a game controller) plugged in and you want to play the games:
Push the SD card fully into the SD card slot on the side of your tv box.
Unplug everything from the USB ports.
Plug the controllers back in.
Finally, plug your tv box back in.

How do I get out of a game?
To get out of a game, press both Start and Select at the same time twice.

The tv box remote will not work when in Game Mode. Neither will the mini keyboard.

How to Switch between Game Mode and TV Box Mode

How do I get into Game Mode?

When the SD card is fully inserted into the SD slot on the side of the tv box, the tv box will start up in Game Mode when powered on.

If the tv box is already on and in TV Box Mode, use the tv box remote to power off the tv box and power it back on to get back into Game Mode.

How do I get back to TV Box Mode?

Option 1:
To shut down the arcade mode and use the tv box as a tv box, do the following:

  • Press Start on your SNES style wired controller
  • A menu will appear. Scroll to Quit
  • Press A to select Quit
  • Scroll to Reboot from Nand and press A
  • Select Yes and press A

If you see the message, “System UI isn’t responding” when your tv box starts up, click “Wait” to clear the message.

Option 2:
If you want the tv box to start in TV Box Mode, first unplug the tv box then remove the SD card.

Some tv box models have a spring-loaded SD card slot, some do not. If the SD card is mostly flush with the side of the tv box, it’s a spring-loaded model. Press firmly on the SD card to activate the spring and the card will pop out. Some springs are tough and will need to be pressed several times to release the SD card. Other tv box models are not spring-loaded and have the card sticking out a bit. The coloured side of the card has a lip you can catch with your fingernail to pull out the SD card.

We don’t recommend fully removing the SD card from your tv box as you risk damaging or losing it, leave the SD card partially in the slot.

Controller questions and controller configuration info for MAME

Compatible Controllers

Click here for a listing of compatible controllers and how they can be connected. Once you have found the controller you will be connecting, you can use the instructions below. Note that N64 games require a controller with an analog stick to play. N64 games won’t play properly with the SNES-style controllers as they don’t have an analog stick.

How to Connect and Configure Game Controllers

USB Wired Controllers or Controllers with a 2.4 GHz Wireless USB Receiver

  1. To start, have the tv box unplugged.
  2. Have SD card fully inserted in the slot on the side of your tv box.
  3. Have your controller/s plugged into the USB ports on the side of the tv box.
  4. Plug in the power cord.
  5. Take the controller plugged into the USB port closest to you and press the Start button on it. A pop menu will appear.
  6. Arrow down to Controller Settings and press the A button.
  7. Next go to Configure A Controller and press A.
  8. Press A to say OK to the pop up.
  9. On the Configure Input screen, press and hold A on your controller to bring up the next menu.
  10. A new menu will appear. Here is where you will configure your controller. Follow the prompts on the screen. The first prompt says to press the D-Pad Up button. Press the D-pad up button. The prompt will move to the next button, D-Pad Down. Press the D-Pad Down button and so on. If you’re not familiar with the names of the buttons, see the photo below. Note: Left Bottom is called Left Shoulder on the configuration menu and Right Bottom is called Right Shoulder on the configuration menu.
  11. Also note that the SNES style controller does not have all of the buttons that can be configured. There is no Left and Right Trigger and so on. To move past these configurations, press and hold any button for 3 seconds and the configuration menu will continue to the next button. For the SNES style controller, do this starting at Left Trigger and continue to Right Analog Right. Other controllers may have these buttons, if so, don’t skip and do configure them. Only skip buttons your controller does not have.
  12. When you get to Hotkey Enable, press the Select button.
  13. Press A for OK.
  14. If you have two controllers, repeat the above steps starting at #9 for controller 2, the one that is plugged into the USB port furthest from you.

If you have two controllers, remember when starting a game that the controller in the USB port closest to the front of the tv box is Player 1.

Made a mistake when configuring?

  1. If you mess up, you can start over again by going back into Configure Controller. If you are not able to get back into the menu to get to Configure Controller with your game controller, plug in a keyboard and press the number 1 key to bring up the menu (use the numbers above the letters on the keyboard, not the number pad on a full-sized keyboard).
  2. Arrow down to “Controller Settings” and press Enter.
  3. Press Enter on “Configure A Controller”.
  4. Press A for OK
  5. Press and hold the A button on your controller to start the on-screen prompts.

Bluetooth Controllers (Sorry Bluetooth is not working at this time. This may or may not work in the future with an SD card update.)
1. Plugin any USB keyboard or mini keyboard.
2. Press the number 1 key on the keyboard (not the number pad on a full-sized keyboard).
3. Press the down arrow key on your keyboard to “Controller Settings” and press Enter.
4. Press the down arrow key on your keyboard to “Pair a Bluetooth Controller” and press Enter.
5. Put your Bluetooth Controller into discovery mode.
This varies on different controllers so check your user manual on the controller you wish to pair.
6. With your keyboard select the controller that pops up into view.
7. Press the Escape key on your keyboard to get back to the main dashboard.
8. Press the number 1 key on the keyboard (not the number pad on a full-sized keyboard).
9. Press the down arrow key on your keyboard to “Controller Settings” and press Enter.
10. Press Enter again on: configure a controller.
11. Hit the A button on your controller to start the on-screen prompts. If you don’t have a particular button input that the prompt screen is asking for press any button for 3 seconds to skip to the next button.
Lastly, on the controller setup, you will see “HotKey Enable”: Use the “select key” for this. Some controllers call this the “back button” instead of a “select key”.
Most important is to read the screen carefully and work through the prompts slowly. If you make a mistake go to the Second Method instructions and start over.
12. After configuring your controller choose which player you want your controller to be (example: input P1).

How to Save Game Progress

This video goes over how to save your game progress. Note, he’s talking about Retro Pie but it works the same for Emuelec (the program running the games on your SD card).

Also from the website Billy’s Toybox,

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