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Post by Robots86 » Fri May 13, 2016 11:24 am

You can change font size in emulation station. This is from a piTFT tutorial but the same applies....

Exit to command line


sudo nano /etc/emulationstation/themes/carbon/carbon.xml

(In earlier versions of EmulationStation, the file was called simple/simple.xml, and might change again in the future…you may need to poke around the “themes” directory to find the default settings file.)
Scroll down to the “gamelist” section and change any occurrence of the value of fontSize to 0.05.
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After saving changes, you can either reboot, or (with USB keyboard attached) press F4 to exit followed by “emulationstation” to restart.

I don't know if 0.5 is ideal for the 3.5 but a bit of trial and error might find a better setting

I noticed this on the same page..... Im thinking this may give a bit of extra juice to the zero?

Adjusting GPU Memory

This tweak is mostly for the Model A or A+ and the very earliest Model B boards. With only 256 MB RAM available, one must split this carefully between CPU (which needs RAM for running emulators) and GPU (needing RAM for graphics). It’s a non-issue for later boards with ample RAM.
Edit the file /boot/config.txt
Search for any existing entries for gpu_mem_256, gpu_mem_512, or gpu_mem_1024. You may comment out or delete these lines.
Add a new line, or edit any existing entry for gpu_mem, setting its value to 44 megabytes:


Save the file and reboot.

Though the Pi can boot with as little at 16 megabytes of GPU memory, 44 MB is the bare minimum required for the EmulationStation menu to work.
With this modification, some parts of the EmulationStation UI might be more visually plain than before…solid colors instead of images, etc. This is normal. In exchange, most games will perform noticably better on these systems with limited RAM.
If you have a Model B, B+ or Pi 2 or 3, this adjustment isn’t necessary and won’t provide any benefit.

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Re: Font Size

Post by ktechelonbreak » Fri May 13, 2016 11:56 am

Nice! Thanks for the info, very informative.

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Re: Font Size

Post by crispy_tofu » Fri May 13, 2016 4:54 pm

Thank you! :mrgreen:

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Re: Font Size

Post by wermy » Fri May 13, 2016 6:49 pm

Cool thanks, didn't know you could adjust the font size so easily. :)

FYI the Zero has 512MB of memory, so the gpu_mem bit should probably be skipped on that Pi.

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Re: Font Size

Post by the watchmaker » Sun May 22, 2016 1:33 pm

My fonts are very small because of the scraper info.
Now I've got pictures and details about the games.
Is there a way to remove the pictures and detailed information in the mutation station, so I can use bigger fonts?

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Re: Font Size

Post by Robots86 » Sun May 22, 2016 2:19 pm

I'm sure theres an option for it with start or select. not got my gb on me to test it though..

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Re: Font Size

Post by Ford873 » Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:17 am

Has anyone had any joy changing the font size on the actual emulation station overlay screens for the menus?

The above works great for changing the font size when browsing the rom screens but the overlays and menus are the same.
Have spent ages googling and reading other forums but can't find anything for changing this?

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Re: Font Size

Post by SwingeyP » Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:19 pm

Worked a treat :-)

Many Thanks for this.

Cheers - Paul
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Re: Font Size

Post by smithincanton » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:37 pm

Sweeet! Thank you! Man the default font size is small on a 3.5" screen. 0.05 worked out nice! :D

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Re: Font Size

Post by RxBrad » Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:39 am

You could also try my custom theme, which is optimized for 3.5" GBZ screens...

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