I had a Raspberry Pi 3 laying around and was not really sure what I wanted to do with it. I did have it set up to boot into retropie for classic gaming, with an option to then boot into Kodi. It worked ok. But once you had finished with Kodi, you had to reboot to get back to retropie. It also ran quite slowly, which affected the performance somewhat.
It got to the point where I just stopped using it. Until I stumbled across this blog post. These pre-made images made it so easy to make a kodi dual boot with lakka. And because the operating systems are so lightweight, it runs much better too!
So what do you need to have a Kodi dual boot system of your own?
Well, first off you will need a Raspberry Pi 3 starter kit.
A classic usb gamepad (lakka auto configures most pads).
A media centre keyboard (to control Kodi).
The dual boot image (I recommend the Lakka + OSMC build).
And a copy of SD Card Formatter.
Then all you need to do is follow along with the video below to get the basic installation up and running.
Kodi Dual Boot With Lakka
It really is a quick and simple process. And once you are set up, check out our guide to the best Kodi Addons to install. After that all you have to do is set up Lakka. So let’s go through it.
To access the Lakka filesystem, you need to make sure you are booted into it and that it has an internet connection. From there, use another computer and go to network. Lakka should appear on your network location. Click into it and find the ROMS folder. All you have to do here is make folders named after your system names (NES, SNES etc) and then copy across your game roms and tell Lakka to scan the directory.
However, there is a little caveat. For newer consoles (PS1, PSP etc), you will need the bios files to get it running. You can find a complete list of bios files needed here. Most of the bios files go in with the roms, any that don’t will have a note next to them.
In all honesty, finding the bios files is just a case of googling their names. It really is that simple.
Once you have all your files and roms copied across and the directories scanned, you’re done. All you need to do now is navigate across the top to your desired system and choose a game to play.
If you are struggling with the setup, check out the guide here on the lakka site. It’s wonderfully detailed and easy to follow.