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By bonstio, Senior Member on 15th March 2013, 12:48 AM
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This is such a simple tweak but I figured I'd share it any how...

It always amazes me how there's this badass high res screen but it ships with everything scaled up which just doesn't take any advantage of the number of pixels available.

I messed around with a few values of the "ro.sf.lcd_density" property in /system/build.prop and settled for 320 (default is 480). It does make a little on the small side but you can offset this with the regular Settings -> Display -> Font size option.

The result, is for me at least, a great improvement. I can see most of my apps in the drawer without scrolling, can see and actually read a whole website without zooming in plus the system and nav bars top and bottom now take up a much more reasonable amount of space.

Install your favorite root enabled File Explorer and mount system RW and go edit. I like http://goo.gl/NvtA8 as it runs as su & mounts system for you.
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15th March 2013, 03:59 AM |#2  
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After getting stuck in a bootloop by using one of those dpi changer apps I've plucked up the courage to try again. This time I edited the build.prop myself and it worked.

It looks crazy I think I could get used to this though :P

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15th March 2013, 04:20 AM |#3  
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wow this is amazing. i always wondered why they scale it up, now i can tweak it myself. thanks!
15th March 2013, 04:24 AM |#4  
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I'm hoping that at some point someone ports Paranoid Android for the Z it will be amazing! (please, please, please!). But can someone who's applied this upload some screenshots (Settings, Notification shade, etc)? Thanks in advance!
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15th March 2013, 05:26 AM |#5  
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Originally Posted by Kallb123

After getting stuck in a bootloop by using one of those dpi changer apps I've plucked up the courage to try again. This time I edited the build.prop myself and it worked.

It looks crazy I think I could get used to this though :P

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How about the camera app
Are the controls offset?

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15th March 2013, 10:05 AM |#6  
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Here's some screen shots
320 DPI, font size is normal. With small font size everything is tiny :P

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15th March 2013, 05:47 PM |#7  
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Just found the phone app doesn't scale correctly.
The buttons work, but graphics are messed up.


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15th March 2013, 08:36 PM |#8  
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I suggest you to try with the value 400: I've been using it since I got the phone and is great! A lot of space but still usable everyday. But sadly this is not a stock value ( 480 320 240 and 160 are stock afaik) and this will break play store compatibility: to fix it you have to flash a multi dpi play store mod.
And yes, the phone app does not scale properly but it's not really an issue..


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15th March 2013, 11:00 PM |#9  
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Tried with 320 , but I got a boot loop. Locked Z , with root and CWM .

I think I will have to reflash it from the PC companion to recover it.
15th March 2013, 11:02 PM |#10  
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Very strange. What does adb logcat say during your bootloop? Sure you didn't b0rk the file some how?
15th March 2013, 11:08 PM |#11  
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I did not look at the adb, but I'm thinking the same thing, I thing somehow the file just got corrupted ...

also after I mount R/w , twice the screen got black, reboot, root explorer, R/w and everything ok.

Once I flash with PC companion , and root it again I will try again

Anyhow I tried also a couple of days ago with a dpi changer and the result was the same .
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