How to make your cyanogen-modded G1 work real fast
posted by Michael Olafusi , on ,
Remember that post I made on modding your G1 and how I mentioned that I just recently modded mine. Well after flashing cyanogenmod 6.0.0-DS on my G1 and was stunned by the exquisite (Windows 7 – like) graphics, I was greatly disappointed to find my G1 so slow that navigating to the homescreen became a touch and travel activity. The camera app was greatly frustrating, after taking seconds to open it is only good for snapping still scenes because the pictures are taken seconds after the shutter button has been pressed. Not forgetting the gallery, that one became so useless I started searching the android market for any alternative app. When I try to view the pictures I took with the phone's camera, it takes forever to scroll to the next picture. The phone app wasn't left out, typing phone number has never been this hard, and after all the frustration and the tendency of you forgetting why you wanted to make the call, it takes about 5 seconds for the call to be terminated after you end it.
I must confess that I still preferred my modded G1 state to the unmodded (running android 1.6) state because I now run the latest android version, I can install apps on SD, I can install root (requiring) apps, and I can install apps meant for android 2.1 and above. So I convinced myself that all I have been reading about cyanogenmod, that it is way faster than the stock OS, is true and I am going to make that true fact a reality on my G1. Armed with Google, I searched the internet using various words combinations to locate any article that might address a similar issue. But I was disappointed to discover that as far as the internet is concerned I am the only one with such an issue. After giving up on finding any online assistance, I decided to fiddle with the settings on my modded G1 and one day I struck luck, after changing a couple of things mostly disabling a lot of CPU sucking tweaks, my modded G1 became really fast. So in the following paragraphs I am going to share with you the changes I made on my G1 that made it work real fast.
From the homescreen, press the menu button, tap on Settings, tap on CyanogenMod settings and tap on Performance settings. You will receive a “WARNING: Dragons Ahead!” prompt, don't worry (you won't do anything that will change the performance of your system, potentially for the worse), tap on OK. Now make sure Use Compcache is enabled, Use JIT is enabled and Surface Dithering is disabled. You can also change the VM heap size to 24m.
Go back to Settings, tap on ADWLauncher, tap on Drawer Settings, disable Animated Drawer and disable Fade app labels. Go back to ADWLauncher settings, tap on Preview settings, disable Sense previews and Clean Screen Mode. Go back to ADWLauncher, tap on System Preferences, set Scrolling cache to Low quality.
With these settings on your G1 it should work really fast.