I have a B raspberry pi and I want an OS that works well with small screens. The raspian OS isn't working well with my 5" screen. The graphics is the correct resolution, I don't need help with that, but the windows and text are too big. Can someone recommend a solution(preferably a OS specifically designed for use on small screens) I know how to do this and already have done it: overscan_left=24 overscan_right=24 Overscan_top=10 Overscan_bottom=24 Framebuffer_width=480 Framebuffer_height=320
but I can't use programs effectively with the size of things.

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I have a similar setup and I ran the command dpkg --reconfigure console-setup. This will bring up a list of options regarding the font of the system, including the size.

For the GUI I believe there is a Openbox menu that has options for changing the font size of folders for example.

  • I could use that I guess if it could change the right things. Does it help using things like Sonic Pi on a small screen?
    – David C.
    Apr 16, 2016 at 0:36
  • I'll just try it :P
    – David C.
    Apr 16, 2016 at 0:42
  • @DavidC. Sorry for the delay..I believe it only works for the console... the openbox menu I believe will help although Sonic Pi is a very big application. btw a tip, if you find you need to reach part of a window that isn't visible on the screen, use left alt, left click and it will let you move the window without having to be clicking on the decorations.
    – NULL
    Apr 16, 2016 at 19:16
  • Okay, but my real problem is the fact Raspian is designed for a bigger screen than mine. The reason I asked for an OS is because a OS for a small screen would have things easier to read, with features more suited to it, such as not having everything on one place :P I guess I'll have to wait or make my own solution.
    – David C.
    Apr 16, 2016 at 21:08
  • @DavidC. If you want to learn about a very popular window manager and design your desktop from scratch you could look into Openbox. I did that starting from a very minimal version of Raspbian called Minibian. This way you basically control everything font size, icon size, layout etc. This is probably the way to go. Programs themselves though like you were talking about Sonic Pi, cannot be adjusted that much by themselves AFAIK unless you recompile them which is insane if you want to do that for every program on your system. Beyond that, Im at the end of my knowledge :).
    – NULL
    Apr 17, 2016 at 0:43

Try editing your /boot/config.txtfile and changing disable_overscan = 1 and something like this for the following lines



  • 1
    The question is about text size, not screen placement. I'm not sure how this answers the question in any way.
    – Jacobm001
    Apr 11, 2016 at 15:21
  • "The graphics is the correct resolution, I don't need help with that"
    – David C.
    Apr 15, 2016 at 23:25

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