with root explorer go to system/lib/hw and go all the way to the bottom to the last sensors file. its an so file. long press on it and open in text editor. somewhere in the page almost at the bottom you will see where it says ProximitySensor then on one of those line it should say mEnabled. just rename it to mDisabled, then reboot and the proximity sensor is fixed.
I know this is an old thread but qman66 you are AWESOME! Was going nuts trying to fix the proximity sensor problem. Ran the commands in terminal emulator that recalibrates the sensor, didn't work for me. Blasted the speaker with compressed air, also didn't work for me. But this method allowed me to disable the proximity sensor while still using an AOSP rom. I will send the phone in for warranty eventually, but I thought I was going to have to use a touchwiz rom until then (touchwiz has the option of disabling the proximity sensor in the call menu).
And I read like 5 or 6 different threads dealing with the Galaxy S4 proximity sensor issue and no one else posted this method before.
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