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*Guide* - view other languages on the G1

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9th February 2009, 06:31 PM   |  #1  
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first of all i would like to thank this forum and it's members, you have been a great source of G1 info for me, and i want to give something back .

this is a guide for installing fonts which will enable you to get rid of the annoying while boxes when you try reading something in a foreign language such as:
web pages
contacts
pretty much everything else

note that it does not alter your current English font, so no worries about font size not fitting buttons, etc.
this, of course, requires root access.

I haven't been able to find a comprehensive and full guide, so i made one:

1) download the DeJaVu fonts from here, they are freely licensed (so no worry about copyrights).
2) copy 'DejaVuSans.ttf' to your sdcard and rename it exactly 'DroidSansFallback.ttf'
3) start terminal emulator and type exactly (watch the Case) the following commands, followed by enter:
Code:
su (then wait for the superuser screen and press yes)
mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
chmod 4755 /system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf
dd if=/sdcard/DroidSansFallback.ttf of=/system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf
reboot
your phone will now reboot, and vualla! you have your native language displayed! no more white boxes! Ha Ha Ha!!

note: if the dejavu fonts don't support your language, just find a font that does, and follow exactly the same procedure.

hope this helps someone, because I sure needed it...
cheers!

note: you might want to make this a sticky
9th February 2009, 08:01 PM   |  #2  
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Hi there
Thank you so much for the guide
Will this font work for Vietnamese?
Thanks
9th February 2009, 08:24 PM   |  #3  
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this will not support Arabic .. right ?
10th February 2009, 01:41 AM   |  #4  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by superxnova

first of all i would like to thank this forum and it's members, you have been a great source of G1 info for me, and i want to give something back .

this is a guide for installing fonts which will enable you to get rid of the annoying while boxes when you try reading something in a foreign language such as:
web pages
contacts
pretty much everything else

note that it does not alter your current English font, so no worries about font size not fitting buttons, etc.
this, of course, requires root access.

I haven't been able to find a comprehensive and full guide, so i made one:

1) download the DeJaVu fonts from here, they are freely licensed (so no worry about copyrights).
2) copy 'DejaVuSans.ttf' to your sdcard and rename it exactly 'DroidSansFallback.ttf'
3) start terminal emulator and type exactly (watch the Case) the following commands, followed by enter:

Code:
su (then wait for the superuser screen and press yes)
mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
chmod 4755 /system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf
dd if=/sdcard/DroidSansFallback.ttf of=/system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf
reboot
your phone will now reboot, and vualla! you have your native language displayed! no more white boxes! Ha Ha Ha!!

note: if the dejavu fonts don't support your language, just find a font that does, and follow exactly the same procedure.

hope this helps someone, because I sure needed it...
cheers!

note: you might want to make this a sticky

It works great for me(Vietnamese fonts).
Thanks a bunch
10th February 2009, 04:35 AM   |  #5  
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Originally Posted by h4ng0ver

It works great for me(Vietnamese fonts).
Thanks a bunch

These fonts 're different from Android fonts. Droidsans font family is a font pack which're specialy for Android phone.
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10th February 2009, 05:59 AM   |  #6  
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wont open dd cant file
i paste the DroidSansFallback.ttf on sd root, and have problem on the last sentence

dd if=/sdcard/DroidSansFallback.ttf of=/system/fonts/DroidSansFallback.ttf
its says the file cant find

any help thanks

root access on G1 jesus frekes Dev1 Rc33
10th February 2009, 08:25 AM   |  #7  
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this will not support Arabic .. right ?

yes it will, enjoy

aacshar, try redoing it all over again, you probably mistyped some letter...
i have tried this several times and works like a charm, i am running jf1.41 RC33 also
12th February 2009, 06:16 PM   |  #8  
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Why can't JF put this in his releases, as a default font? I know that future android releases support locales, etc.... but why can't JF replace his release with this one so we don't have to redo this every time?

Thanks
12th February 2009, 07:47 PM   |  #9  
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Something went wrong, now "su" wont work, only flash black, then denied or something???
What now???
Trying to flash again, don`t want to wipe...

E: Reflash and works again...
But no help my fonts
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12th February 2009, 08:32 PM   |  #10  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ahmad.yousry

this will not support Arabic .. right ?

This will work for Arabic but the letters will be disconnected. I wrote about that solution in my blog a month ago:
http://dumpytips.blogspot.com/2009/0...-solution.html
Read the comments if you are interested, we had an interesting discussion in there.

-Gus

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