For my latest RetroPie build, I wanted to go with a synthwave style, so I made this 80’s inspired theme for EmulationStation. Introducing Retrowave: plenty of laser grids, neon lights, and pixel test makes for a perfect match for RetroPie!
Today’s tutorial from the “things-that-should-have-easy-answers-but-for-some-reason-don’t department”, here’s how to to fix the 3.3v power “issue” with some SATA hard drives (HDD) .
If you’re reading this, you probably already know what I’m talking about, but if not, Tom’s Hardware covers it in detail. If you’re too lazy to read that, the short summary is that some newer hard drives align to the SATA 3.2+ or SATA 3.3 spec, which means that the 3.3v power supplied by the 1st-3rd rails is used as a shutdown signal.
The problem is that older power supplies don’t know this, and will happily supply continuous 3.3v power the way they were designed to, no questions asked. This triggers the shutdown signal, and keeps the HDD locked in a powered off state. Super frustrating if you’re not aware of what’s going on.
I was having some fun learning Adobe After Effects and put together this fun, 80’s style video splashscreen for RetroPie. Plenty of neon, laser grids, and glitchy VHS artifacts for a truly authentic synthwave experience!