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Bought a Cheap Android Tablet, Weird Resolution Problem

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kalkal    399

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Smart-S1-Android-Tablet-RK3066-performance/dp/B009JT0KOE

Quoted resolution is

800*480

But everything on the screen seems stretched.

It's as though it isn't running the native resolution. Circles become ovals, squares become rectangles and text is quite clearly taller than it's supposed to be.

Any ideas how to fix this? Even if it means rooting it and editing some files?

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airedwin    49

"cheap" "android tablet" <- there's your problem

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Geoffrey B.    1,414

can you provide a screen shot?

Just press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time.

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kalkal    399

can you provide a screen shot?

Just press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time.

The screenshot will most likely look correct because it will be displayed at your display's native resolution, therefor looking correct :|

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Arachno 1D    7,991

Modify it to look like a Nexus 7

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kalkal    399

Oh and it seems that the problem is more pronounced in portrait mode

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kalkal    399

Screenshot_2012-12-27-14-37-28.png

Looks fine on other screens see!

So the display is either:

Higher resolution than they state and it scales the UI down, or the opposite... Hmmm....

Modify it to look like a Nexus 7

Already did this btw, I didn't intend to make mine look like a nexus 7 but with that launcher, I thought it sort of did :)

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RatherLargeBear    182

Take a photo of it with a digital camera or phone?

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Detection    2,256

Factory reset ?

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kalkal    399

Take a photo of it with a digital camera or phone?

DSC_0420.jpg

lalala.png

Perspective correction applied to photo, next to screenshot:

DSC_0420.jpg

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Nefarious Trigger    6,987

And you've not messed with DPI settings or such?

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kalkal    399

And you've not messed with DPI settings or such?

No, but I have just looked into it, not sure if it would fix anything.

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grabageek    4

Maybe your tablet exists in a different space and time and things appear different there to the human eye...................

"Come on guys work with me here I am making this S#!T up as I go along" :)

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Arachno 1D    7,991

Did you have a look through the settings menu for a stretch image or similar option?

EDIT or in the viewer software that your using.

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Nefarious Trigger    6,987

^ Raises a good question: Is it just in this app, or throughout?

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kalkal    399

Did you have a look through the settings menu for a stretch image or similar option?

EDIT or in the viewer software that your using.

It's apparent when using the device that everything is stretched, I just opened firefox with that circle image to make it easier to see. It's even clear that the circle you drag to unlock is elongated too.

The only thing I can see with display options that are relevant are for HDMI and they dont seem to affect the actual devices screen

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giannisgx89    110

I think you may got a bad screen tablet cause it look fine in the video here

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kalkal    399

I think you may got a bad screen tablet cause it look fine in the video here

Yours does look right :/

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kalkal    399

I think the best way to describe the problem is as though it's trying to display everything at 4:3 and then stretching it to 16:9, that's why the stretching is more pronounced in portrait mode... :/

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Detection    2,256

I think the best way to describe the problem is as though it's trying to display everything at 4:3 and then stretching it to 16:9, that's why the stretching is more pronounced in portrait mode... :/

Did you try a factory reset in the end?

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kalkal    399

Did you try a factory reset in the end?

No but I found another forum where someone described the exact same issue. They put it down to the fact that jelly bean doesn't expect such a low resolution to begin with so the maker of the device must have done some weird scaling/stretching trick for it to work at all :/

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Detection    2,256

No but I found another forum where someone described the exact same issue. They put it down to the fact that jelly bean doesn't expect such a low resolution to begin with so the maker of the device must have done some weird scaling/stretching trick for it to work at all :/

Seems strange, I've never seen any hacks that allow resolution change for Android, only LCD Density modding from /system/build.prop

EDIT - Probably the same forum you found but explains the issue

http://androidforums...80-tablets.html

Someone managed to find some settings you can change but so far has not fixed it

http://stackoverflow...ok-like-ellipsi

lcd_dclk_freq = 33

lcd_if = 0

lcd_hbp = 46

lcd_ht = 1055

lcd_vbp = 23

lcd_vt = 1050

At a guess I would say V=Vertical and H=Horizontal

You'd need root to edit those files though

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kalkal    399

Seems strange, I've never seen any hacks that allow resolution change for Android, only LCD Density modding from /system/build.prop

EDIT - Probably the same forum you found but explains the issue

http://androidforums...80-tablets.html

Someone managed to find some settings you can change but so far has not fixed it

http://stackoverflow...ok-like-ellipsi

lcd_dclk_freq = 33

lcd_if = 0

lcd_hbp = 46

lcd_ht = 1055

lcd_vbp = 23

lcd_vt = 1050

At a guess I would say V=Vertical and H=Horizontal

You'd need root to edit those files though

Oh well, at least it's my girlfriends and not mine :)

Still annoying but I'll be getting a tablet with 1280x800 :D

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Detection    2,256

Oh well, at least it's my girlfriends and not mine :)

Still annoying but I'll be getting a tablet with 1280x800 :D

Yea, mine is 1280x800, I tried looking for that file on mine but seems its not there

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yellowcream    0

maybe you need update it with a software.

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