Argon One Tips and Setup

This page will assist you with installing the Argon One scripts for the Raspberry Pi 4. If you haven’t seen the above video, please watch that first. It will step through the assembly of your case. Once you’ve done that, you can use the information below to assist further.

Keep in mind, after installing the Argon One script you won’t hear the fans kick-on until the CPU temperature reaches 55’C (the default settings). Below I’ll demonstrate how you can setup the Argon One scripts for different configurations. If you want to force the fans to come on (for testing), you can use the this section.

NOTE: For all steps below, you must have first connected your Raspberry Pi 4 to the internet. This information is provided as a courtesy to WTT viewers and subscribers who have been asking for additional assistance. I hope you find it helpful!

References

The following are some reference charts from the manual.

Default ARGON ONE Pi 4 Fan Speed

After installing the Agon ONE Pi 4 script, by default the settings are as follows:

CPU TEMPFAN POWER
55’C10%
60’C55%
65’C100%

However, keep in mind you may change and re-configure the fan to your desired settings. Please see this.

ARGON ONE Pi 4 Power Button Functions

The following chart will help with the Power button functions. Once the script is installed, it will work with Pi OS 32/64-Bit and within RetroPie.

ARGON ONE
PI 4 STATE
ACTIONFUNCTION
OFFShort PressTurn ON
ONLong Press (>= 3s)Soft Shutdown and Power Cut
ONShort press (<3s)Nothing
ONDouble tapReboot
ONLong Press (>= 5s)Forced Shutdown

Install Argon One Scripts in Pi OS (32/64-bit)

  • Connect your Pi to the internet (WiFi or Ethernet).
  • Boot into Pi OS.
  • Open a shell-terminal.
  • Copy & paste the following command and press ENTER (yes, don’t forget the ” | bash” at the end or it won’t work properly):
 curl https://download.argon40.com/argon1.sh | bash 
  • Type exit and press ENTER.
  • The scripts will become active after installation. Therefore, rebooting isn’t necessary.

Install Argon One Scripts in RetroPie

If you are new to RetroPie, please see my Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming page first. This page has a lot of information to help you get started with setting up RetroPie. If you want to go even further, I have a RetroPie tips page that will show you more fun and interesting tips to help get the most out of your RetroPie. Now, let’s setup the Argon One scripts in RetroPie:

  • Install the RetroPie microSD in your fully assembled Argon One case. If you’re not sure how to install RetroPie, please see this.
  • Connect your Pi to the internet (WiFi or Ethernet). For WiFi setup, please see this section (then proceed with the next step).
  • See this section Remote connect to RetroPie from PC. Follow this procedure, including Connect with PuTTY. This will allow you to issue commands from your PC to your RetroPie for easy copy/paste in the subsequent step. You could alternatively select Start -> Shutdown -> Quit Emulation Station , however the keyboard doesn’t properly display the “|” (pipe) key on US keyboards, so I found SSH connecting easier. Once I figure out the alternative key, for the pipe “|” I’ll add it here (or please let me know in the video comment if you already know).
  • Once you’ve established a connection over PuTTY, simply copy/paste the following command into the PuTTY window (and press ENTER):
 curl https://download.argon40.com/argon1.sh | bash 
  • The scripts will become active after installation. Therefore, rebooting isn’t necessary.
  • When the Raspberry Pi 4 temperature reaches 55’C, the fans will kick-in at 10% power, at 60’C 55% power, at 65’C 100% power (see chart above for more details).

Overclocking RetroPie

If you wish to overclock RetroPie, I highly recommend reading Tom’s Hardware guide on Overclocking. He has very good and detailed instructions on his page. To set this up, you can use the instructions above and use PuTTY to connect from your PC to update the /boot/config.txt or you can quit emulation station which will return you to a shell prompt. Either way will work. Keep in mind, Overclocking incorrectly can cause issues if your Pi is not properly cooled. Use caution.

Uninstall Argon One Script

If you wish to change cases in the future, you’ll want to uninstall the Argon One Scripts before doing so. If you installed the Argon One to Pi OS (32/64-bit), then you can simply double-click the icon on your Desktop. Otherwise, you can issue the following command from a Terminal/PuTTY SSH Connection (see above for links to setting up PuTTY):

argonone-uninstall

Customize Fan Settings

If you wish to customize when the fans come on, you can modify your configuration using the following:

argonone-config
  • Press Y and ENTER.
  • Select the option you want and press ENTER.

Stress Test the Pi

This section will show you how to perform a simple stress test to check that your fan will come on once the temperature reaches 55’C. This is, of course, optional but something you may be interested in trying. It does assume you’ve left the script at it’s default settings.

  • Open a terminal, this may be performed by remote connecting to the Pi using PuTTY (See Connect with PuTTY).
  • Issue the following command to download stress:
sudo apt-get install stress 
  • Within the same terminal window, issue the following command to run stress and report temperature readings to the terminal window:
while true; do vcgencmd measure_clock arm; vcgencmd measure_temp; sleep 10; done& stress -c 4 -t 900s 

Where to find an Argon One

The Argon One cases for the Raspberry Pi 4 currently appear to be in high-demand, as such some of the links on Amazon may show unavailable or higher than the normal $25 USD retail price. If you find a better price, let me know in the video comment and I’ll update here.

Troubleshooting

  • Argon One isn’t working on RetroPie Image XYZ – Unless you’re using the official RetroPie 4.6 image, you may have problems. Read more here.