Instructions on installing new fonts for foreign languages

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  1. HelterSkelter

    HelterSkelter New Member

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    Hi everyone, this is my first post here. I usually just read the forum, but I decided to register so that I could post these instructions for others who are interested in installing fonts on their Droid that will allow them to see text in currently unsupported languages.

    Here are the steps you need to take on your rooted Droid:
    1) Download onto your computer a font that allows your desired language to be displayed. I suggest DejaVu fonts: Download - DejaVu. DejaVu fonts display a lot of languages. Check to see if your desired language is supported.
    2) Connect your Droid to your computer and mount it.
    3) Open the DejaVu fonts zip file, find the file "DejaVuSans.ttf", then copy this file onto your sdcard in the root directory (in other words, directly onto the sdcard but not in any particular folder).
    4) Rename the "DejaVuSans.ttf" file on the sdcard to "DroidSansFallback.ttf". Make sure you've renamed the file exactly as I've specified.
    5) Unmount your Droid.
    6) On your Droid, open up a terminal emulator application -- I used "Android Terminal Emulator" -- and type this exactly (make sure to be case-sensitive and do not type directions I include in parenthesis):

    su (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

    After your Droid restarts, it should be able to support many more foreign scripts (such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Vietnamese). Try opening your Droid browser and find a page with text in a non-Roman script (like Hebrew). This worked like a charm for me. I wanted to read Armenian on my Droid and now I can.

    I hope this helps some of you.
     
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    AWESOME.
    Thanks
     
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    Thank you for the instructions!
    Do you happen to know if this change will survive an upgrade or not?
    (The next OTA upgrade..)
     
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    I have hebrew on Dolphin and Gmail. Exactly what I was hoping for.
    Really great.
     
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    Glad to help. I assume this change can survive OTA upgrades since file names all stay the same before and after the process, but I'm not 100%. Perhaps someone else knows for sure.
     
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    God bless you all

    Followed your instructions, works like a charm:icon_ banana:
     
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    This + anysoftkeyboard = :)
     
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    Uh oh............
    I can't read Korean anymore after doing this...
    How do I undo the change??
    I even resetted the phone and I still can't read Korean...
     
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    Thanks-

    Thanks skelter :)
     
  12. Itamar

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    Todah rabah! (Hebrew for thank you very much).
     
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    is there a way to do this on a non-rooted droid?
     
  14. HelterSkelter

    HelterSkelter New Member

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    Hey jsquared, I don't believe there is a way to do this on a non-rooted Droid. This is actually the only reason I rooted mine.
     
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    The only way to change it is with root access.
     
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