[HOW-TO] Some tweaks to sweeten your life with the Infinity a little
Hi everybody, I would like to share my experiences with the Infinity and ask you guys to share your opinions, thoughts and ideas on tweaking it. Hopefully we can sort something out together.
Please remember that you can brick your tablet with any of these methods and lose your warranty too and be the one solely responsible for it. I have not bricked mine, so I am writting all of this with best intentions . Proceed with caution and only if you are sure that your Infinity not booting will not lead you to jumping off a high building! Seriously.
Ok, here it goes.
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Seems this thread somehow got to the News, so special thanks go to Joe and those of you who have reported it newsworthy. I'm glad I could've helped you with this!
Remember 1) you'll have to do most of these each time you update firmware / change ROM and 2) go back to stock /system files every time before you apply an OTA update, as it does various checks on /system integrity now
Don't use ASUS Device Tracker! (see point 6. below)
Install SuperSU and follow these steps before updating to the Jelly Bean to preserve root (thanks to nooktablet for posting this). Others said that Superuser app combined with RootKeeper sufficed, so do as you wish.
DroidEris1981 has reported that in his case on the .30 firmware he was only able to root his Infinity using an older version of Debugfs and only when pausing it at each reboot, waiting for the device to fully boot up before the next step.
So far the only rooting
method that works is the Debugfs method
by sparkym3. By rooting you can boost your Infinity's performance a bit, including its poor I/O results, and much, much more (see threads on reasons for rooting
Once again: ROOT BEFORE UPDATING TO THE JB!
If you've failed to do this, however, there is still a way to work things out - see the first few posts in this thread
if you're under unrooted JB now.
In case you experience problems using this method, you may try one of the solutions described in this thread
, but as there is a new 2.2 version
now, you should be good just using it.
Some need to RUN the Superuser app first before it starts working. And remember about BusyBox, it comes handy in many situations, especially if you are going to use the shell. And you can use SuperSU
instead of the "default" Superuser app.
might come in handy when updating firmware on a rooted Infinity.
We have the unlocking tool
now, and a few custom ROMs in the development section
2. I/O scheduler
[only after rooting your device] OBSOLETE
Since the .26 update and under the JB as well cfq is the default scheduler and better than non-stock sio, so no reason to change the scheduler at this point already on >= 184.108.40.206 firmware!
After a day of using JB I can say that (stock) noop
is slightly faster than cfq for most uses.
3. build.prop tweaks
These are for the ICS. We'll all have to see how these perform under the JB. So far changing the DPI via build.prop has been confirmed to be obsolete.
Deleted several obsolete entries, see LaraCroft304's post
I have used various suggestions as a reference, incl. demandarin's tweaks for the Prime (just search "build.prop tweaks" on xda and read about what these tweaks do). I am still unsure of some of them, e.g. the proper heap size instead of the default 256m (or maybe we should leave it be?). The tweaks I'm using are the following.
Edit: I'm leaving the default heap size, I think it's better for the games.
Lines to EDIT
#an old proposal, which seems to be of no use
#In case you experience problems with some apps after this, try (unhash) this instead:
#(you can also see, for example, this thread
# optional: CHANGE SCREEN RESOLUTION / PIXEL DENSITY (so that your screen can become more capacious)
# ro.sf.lcd_density = 160
Lines to ADD
# BATTERY SAVING
# UI & GENERAL PERFORMANCE
# MEDIA QUALITY & PERFORMANCE
# NETWORK PERFORMANCE
# there are different types of advice here, you can try what work's best for you out of the latter two (just delete all the spaces
which xda keeps adding!):
# SWITCHING SOME NOTIFICATIONS OFF
# disable sending usage data
# disable adb notifications
# FAST REBOOT
# you can also unhash this and disable boot animation for faster boot:
# This is for current, Wi-Fi only version of Infinity of course:
# Just for those who need it - unhash the following line to make your device run all ADB shell and terminal emulator commands as ROOT by default (use with caution)
You can edit the build.prop file manually, you can use one of a few apps out there to manage it, but I have found manually mounting the system r/w (and r/o again after changing the file) and editing it through a PC (you can use Dropbox) or the Infinity with the dock most helpful - you can just cp the new file to (remember to make a backup copy
of the old file just in case!).
If you like using the term, you can just 'su' and write these commands:
a) R/W before edit:
mount -o rw,remount /system
b) R/O after edit (remember to run 'chmod 644 /system/build.prop' as root before remounting /system R/O
mount -o ro,remount /system
Remember to reboot your device after changing the file. Clearing dalvik-cache won't hurt either.
Edit: Actually I highly recommend wiping dalvik cache to avoid bootloops
(as root: rm /data/dalvik-cache/*) <- and then.reboot
4. Minfree tweaks
You can either change the values in /sys/module/lowmemorykiller/parameters/minfree (remember these are pages
, so 1024 means 4MB!
) or use any of the apps from the Playstore meant for that. I'm using System Tuner
for things like that (look for Tweaks / Auto-Kill in the app). You might set anything you like, possibly 8,16,200,220,240,275 MB proposed by the author of the (messy) SuperCharge script for the 1GB RAM devices (based on a minfree calculator by another XDA member). I have it currently set on 8,16,32,128,192,192 MB, which seems aggressive enough.
You can read more about it and what these values mean here
You can also have a look at my thread on battery life
5. Disable "smart dimmer"
, which is the reason you can see some screen flickering when changing between light and dark backgrounds that many find annoying (described by some as "dynamic contrast", which it resembles):
Can be done through SYSTEM SETTINGS under the JB, so no need to do this manually anymore.
echo 0 > /sys/devices/tegradc.0/smartdimmer/enable
To re-enable echo 1 to the this file or simply reboot.
Be sure to include this in a script so that rebooting won't change it (just make an .sh script with the above line in it, you can use either SManager
or system .sh scripts
(you can use my simple solution posted here
if you don't like editing files yourself). See also jtrosky's hints
on changing the brightness settings
Please note that it may negatively affect your battery life, although with brightness set low it shouldn't be much worse.
goes to those who have found out about it - see this post
6. Disable remote management
that allows ASUS (or anybody in charge of their servers) to track, lock or wipe your device over-the-air or steal your data, which has been confirmed ASUS is doing
: read the whole story about warranty voided because of rooting here
or a similar app to boost your device's sound level (you can register here
to get the full version for free, but if it helps, support the developer). And remember
to change the audio device in the system audio settings to Volume+!
Other tweaks, init.d, scripts etc.
See the development section
for custom ROMs which include various tweaks and for custom recoveries.
Re-map the browser key
in the dock in order to be able to use your favourite browser or do some custom re-mappings
In case of problems with diacritics when docked, be sure to use KLSwitcher
for setting your locale.
Finally, not really a tweak, but something that a lot of users find helpful: KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
10. Remove bloatware
(see the first few posts with further links here
Set background processes
to max. 4 in the dev. settings for better stability (that's true for the ICS at least).
And remember, at the end of the day, when you're done tweaking, you should disable USB debugging if you don't want to get hacked.Hit [THANKS] if it helps