Been a lonnnngg time since I have done anything with the site (aside from renewing the domain for another 2 years). Nearly a year since my last update in fact! 😮 I simply haven’t found the time lately with one thing or another. I have been unable to keep up with answering all the comments I receive too, simply due to the volume I get through (on here and Youtube), and I feel bad for this as I would like to help people out, that was the whole purpose of creating this site. I do however notice that most people have the same or similar issues so I figured it would be a good idea to try and address all queries by creating a FAQ page.

…..so here it is! I will add to it as I see different queries arise but for the meantime this should answer most questions. Of course there is the ‘Readme’ file that I always include with each build too so please check that out too as you may well find your answers in there.

I am also unsure how much interest there is in these type of builds any more? When I first made my own dual-boot image it was because I wanted KODI and RetroPie on 1 SD card, but I didn’t like the version of KODI that I was limited to in the ‘standard’ build (and it was buggy), so I found a way to package it together with OpenELEC instead, which at the time was a 10x improvement (for me at least), on the other KODI version. These days I don’t know if that is still the case? I personally use a dual-boot of LibreElec with RetroPie now and I’m more than happy with it, but is it better than the regular ‘KODI’ provided in RetroPie / Raspbian? I don’t know. And it is this type of question that makes me wonder; is still a need for this type of multiboot build? These builds are probably ‘frowned upon’ by the actual developers of the OS’s that I am packaging up too because they work in slightly different ways so need a slightly revised instruction set (hence this FAQ), so there is that too, but anyway – I would welcome any thoughts in the comment section below. I appreciate I probably have somewhat of a closed audience here (you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t want a multiboot OS after all!).  :p

All the best, Steve

  • Can I create a copy of my SD card? – Yes, and I would strongly recommend you do! I use ‘Win32 Disk Imager’ to make my backups in Windows.


  • Can I resize the partitions after I have installed the image? – No, all partition sizing must be carried out prior to installing the images using the steps outlined in the ‘readme’ file. This is a feature of NOOBS which cannot be otherwise avoided.


  • Can I update the OS(s) when a new version comes out? – Yes, you can update each OS in the normal manner which will be detailed on their website. You may need to use FTP / Samba / SSH, or a Linux PC if you need to transfer files to the OS. I strongly recommend creating a backup of your SD card before you attempt any such changes.


  • What are the SSH / FTP login details for the OS(s)? – The login details can be found on the official website for each OS.


  • I have lost the add-ons that allow me to switch partition in KODI, can I get them back? – Yes, you can find my add-ons at multibootpi.com/addons/ – add this as a source in file manager and then install as you would a normal add-on. Now you can add a shortcut onto the home screen if desired (they will be in ‘Programs’).


  • I changed theme / updated in RetoPie and lost access to a partition switching script, can I get it back? – Yes, the script will still be present in /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/ in a folder with the OS name (i.e. kodi, raspbian etc.) so you can either amend the new theme to create an entry for the OS that is missing, or you can just copy the script into the ‘ports’ folder instead.


  • How do I overclock the Pi using a multiboot image? – You will need to overclock each OS separately by editing the individual ‘config.txt’ file for each. If you place the SD card into a Windows PC it will only show the boot partition for NOOBS (you don’t want to edit this). The easiest way to overclock is by using SSH and then using a text editor to edit the file. For example, when you have the RetroPie partition loaded, type in sudo nano /boot/config.txt (the boot partition is mounted to /boot/ at startup in RetroPie).


  • How can I set up my Pi LCD screen to a multiboot image? – As above you will need to edit your config.txt file for each partition separately whilst in that OS (I find it easiest to use SSH). Your screen should come with instructions on what text needs to be added into the config.txt file.


  • I have no sound in an OS(s), how can I fix this? – This is again something that will require tweaks within the config.txt file. For specific config.txt teaks, including sound settings, please visit https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/config-txt/ and check out both ‘Video’ and ‘Audio’ sections to help with sound issues.


  • I want to get back to the NOOBS OS selection screen, how do I do this? – To do this you need to remove a file in the NOOBS partition that prevents a partition being booted at launch. You can do this via SSH on the Pi by typing this into the console:

cd ~

mkdir NOOBS #this creates a mountpoint for the noobs partition – skip this step if you already have a mountpoint you prefer to use

sudo mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 NOOBS/

sudo rm NOOBS/autoboot.txt

Now the next time you reboot you will be presented with the NOOBS OS selection screen. Please note if you are using OpenELEC or LibreELEC then you will not need to use ‘sudo’ as you are alsready logged in as root / superuser by default.

  • Will you be making some new versions of multiboot images? – Yes, when I get time to do it. Very busy with work and home at the moment, so apologies for lack of updates. 🙁  I would welcome any requests for improvements however in the meantime. 🙂


30 thoughts on “FAQ”

  1. Hi,
    Must welcome you back
    Been greatly missing you around here.

    Well you know I for one love and continue to use your ‘Quad Multiboot’ so will very much appreciate and welcome an update.

    Retropie – will appriciate it be with ‘Attrack Mode’ Front end
    Rasplex: add the Skin Plex Black Edition

    Great that you are back and all was well…

  2. Thanks for the updates mate. I’ve used your guide to get quite a few multiboots working nicely. I’m running Libre and Retro the same as you..

    ..the biggest question I had was about removing the boot shortcut for Raspian from Retro.. but I figured out that I just need to remove the folder from ROMS. 🙂

  3. Welcome back man. Your dual boots are my go to for any build I make. Much better to have kodi on the separate partition so that you can change builds etc without having to reinstall as you do as a port in retro.

    Only ask would be an updated version of retropie as they have now progressed to 4.3. Tons of stuff going on in that community with themes etc. Welcome back.

  4. A very ignorant question, but when using Win32 Disk Imager to create a backup, can it take a single backup/image of the entire SD card? When using the app it only seems to take a backup of a single drive as recognised by Windows, whereas my SD card seems to have lots of drives (some appear as drives with files, others cannot be traversed by Windows10).


    1. I updated to 17 as soon as it was ready, just follow the directions of the distro you use to update. It’s a separate partition and takes updates just fine. As always make a back up of your current build in case you mess it up.

  5. Just a quick question: Can i migrate from Openelec to Libreelec without any issues? I have the *RETROPIE V4.0.2 + OPENELEC V6.0.3 DUAL-BOOT* build. I want to go to the latest LE version (now 8.0.2 as we speak)


  6. Would love a version of the triple boot with latest raspbian and retropie versions. Upgrading jessie to stretch didn’t work very well for me.

    I like these builds as I need to have my pi boot to Kodi (OSMC) by default for simplicity, with RetroPie and raspbian still easily accessible for those who want them. Running Kodi from within either retropie or raspbian doesn’t achieve the same easy to use media centre (with added extras) I think.

    Would it be possible to write a guide on how to make your own builds using your scripts?

    Thanks for all the good work. I use my dual boot setup everyday!

  7. Having a strange error launching from Kodi to Retropie at the moment.

    I’m running the triple boot Kodi(Librelec)/Retro Pie/Raspbian(Jessie) on a Pi 2. I recently updated all 3 OS’s.

    Now when I select Retro Pie from Kodi I get the usual ‘launching Retro Pie’ message with the spacey launch noise, but it boots directly into the Raspbian OS instead! I tried uninstalling the addon and installing again from the multiboot repo, but the issue remains.

    The Raspbian addon is working fine from Kodi and I can still launch Retro Pie from within Raspbian (and launching back to Kodi from both is also fine).

    Any ideas what’s going on?

    Welcome back!
    Great FAQ. As for the interest.. I use mine every day and also set them up for friends. I would have given up a long time ago if it wasn’t for your builds.


  8. Hello im new to Raspberry Pi and just used your Triple boot. Do you have a more recent updated version of this that you can send?

  9. Love the quad boot mate! Thanks for all your hard work. I ha sent updated Kodi and retro to the newest versions and everything still works, I don’t use Plex or rasbian much but I love that they are there to play my local music and too show off all that it does so easily.

    Only question I have is after updating retro on the pages for Plex and rasbian they are like an ugly plain white and black text. Scripts still work so I don’t really care all that much but if I knew how to fix it I would.

    Again thank you for everything have been using it since December last year and absolutely love it!

  10. I would like to create an image with Plex Media Player (I prefer PMP over RasPlex as RasPlex wont interface with Alexa), but I would also like to put in RetroPie and Raspbian. Is it possible to do this using your methods? Would you mind posting your step-by-step method for creating these multi-boot systems?

  11. Really good job dude. Thanks for share it!.

    I have a question:

    I readed your README entirely. About the field “want_maximised”…

    I see that by default, all os have this field in true.
    What’s happen if I start the installations of four os for example, with that fields in true in all of os?

  12. Custom retro pie from developers is always the best as they have already rectified the errors and consolidated the ROMS. Now, I want to install a 16GB retro pie page from player1online and raspbian OS in dual boot mode. How to go about that? There are ways where we can dual boot freshly installed retro pie from within raspbian. But its not compatible with a custom retro pie rom.
    As you are experienced, kindly suggest me the ways in which I can dual both these roms.

  13. I used the Triple Boot ( Kodi, Retropie and Raspbian) everything was working fine! But yesterday I updated Retropie to the last version 4.3.7 with the interface update package and Retropie seem to overwrite the whole micro SD and it can only boot the Retropie, it seem Kodi and Raspbian have been lost

  14. Having issues with your installers, tried both the trip loader and the quad loader both fail. Sd card formatted correctly the trip boot starts to install the the installation bar dissapears and wont get any further, the quad boot installs but will only run rasplex all others are black screen with the memory card flashing 7 times then stops what am I missing

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