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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by -Myk-, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. -Myk-

    Thread Starter

    Anyone know how to dim the screen more in the media doc or using dock runner? How about making the light on the soft keys go out?

    I really want to be able to use the phone as my clock but the damn thing is just to bright. Ive tried using both the media dock (built one out of legos and added a magnet) and dock runner, no diff with either. I even tried quick settings and cut the brightness to the lowest settings.

    Any info would be cool, thanks

    Oh and I did a search and didnt find anything useful.

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  2. GtRacerH

    GtRacerH Newbie

    You can make the light on the keys go out easily..get a roll of black electrical tape. tape it up. voila! enjoy
  3. -Myk-

    Thread Starter

    damn your helpful........not so much
  4. Barbara

    Barbara Android Expert

    I think the night mode is the lowest setting. Maybe if enough people register the need for a lower setting, they can work it into an update.
  5. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    I don't think there really is a way other than tapping the light bulb which just kinda turns it blue and not much darker.

    There should be an alternate dock coming in 2.1 that can be dimmed very dark though. Some rumors put 2.1 for the Droid at Jan 22nd, so there's light (or darkness in this case) ahead.
  6. GtRacerH

    GtRacerH Newbie

    I was just joking. I dont think it gets any darker than the "night mode" setting which turns the screen a blueish color. I didn't think that amount of light could really bother anyone at night. Maybe you can just angle the phone differently for now.
  7. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    I bought both the multimedia dock and the car dock, and quickly learned to dislike both of the stock interfaces for each dock (hence this thread). Once my phone was rooted, I simply removed (renamed) those stock apps, and now I'm a much happier man. :)

    Here's my work-around for the multimedia dock. (I take advantage of a bug that the DROID has, hopefully yours has it too.)

    Try this:
    1. In Settings, make sure Automatic Brightness is OFF, and turn the slider all the way DOWN.
    2. Reboot the DROID. (Upon restarting, the backlighting for those soft buttons won't work until you adjust the screen brightness.)
    3. I use a free app called "Sleep Timer" (please donate to the dev) to turn Pandora on, then back off in 60 mins. Love that app!
    4. I then use an app called "Night Clock". I changed the clock color to be a very dark blue ... nice!
    5. Now I can fall asleep with the time dimly displayed on the DROID while it is charging, and playing music. Nirvana! (Not the band ... the feeling. :cool:)

    You can use the stock alarm, or the alarm that comes with Night Clock. I've settled on the stock alarm.

    In the morning, I just use the power control widget to turn on the screen brightness and that reactivates the back-lighting for those pesky soft buttons.

    Hope this helps.
  8. -Myk-

    Thread Starter

    thanks for the info. My phone has that big as well. I looked for night clock and it looks like it has been renamed to bedside and with a note to not download on the droid.
  9. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA

    Here is a big tip to anyone who doesn't know already, if you can, use your USB to PC cable to plug into the media dock instead of the wall outlet. The screen will turn off after a little bit, and it still charges, yay.
  10. austink

    austink Newbie

    Download Bedside 3.0 app. It has a setting where you can have it automatically launch instead of the default app when it is placed in the multimedia dock or charged. It features many more options for dimming the screen, but does not allow you to turn down the brightness of the buttons.

    I am still searching for an app that would replace the "Car Home" app when Droid is placed in the car dock. I want an app that has more customization. The Car Home app is useless as it is currently designed, since you are stuck with those five icons.
  11. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    Bummer. Glad I got 'Night Clock' when it was still available. Works on the Droid flawlessly.
  12. cntnvision

    cntnvision Lurker

    I agree that the night mode is too bright. I thknk the problem is with the color they use. There is a lot of white in with the blue and the white is too bright. Then they decided to use white numbers. What is that? I even find it hard to see the numbers because they blend with the background too much. I think if we had control over the background color and font color then this would not be an issue. Seems like it would be easy to give us some control over the app instead of forcing to use just a bright and soft setting.:thinking:
  13. teschoen

    teschoen Well-Known Member

    You can always press the house icon and get to your home screen (in landscape) which works very well for me.

    Besides, if the phone is in the car dock you are most likely driving and shouldn't be playing with your phone :p
  14. Coronach

    Coronach Well-Known Member

    Another idea for the buttons' brightness would be to dim them with a marker. I know peop?e do that with notification LEDs to knock back the brightness a bit. However, given the setup of the Droid's face, that might be an ugly solution.

  15. El Blacksheep

    El Blacksheep Android Enthusiast

    download and install the 2.1 dock app. it's layout is cleaner, it's night mode is noticeably dimmer, and you can still distinguish the time.
  16. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    Unfortunately, those stoopeed 4 LEDs on the right still shine all night. :(
    (My little trick above in post #7 was fixed in 2.1. Argh...)
  17. magnus

    magnus Well-Known Member

    Where do I get the 2.1 dock app? Search turns up nothing!
  18. mhome

    mhome Well-Known Member

    I am also looking for the 2.1 Clock app, anyone?
  19. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    I'll post a link in a few hours, when I get home.
  20. magnus

    magnus Well-Known Member

    Found it....

    Go to Alldroid and search for deskclock. No registration necessary
  21. newtodroid10

    newtodroid10 Lurker

    What has worked for me is
  22. newtodroid10

    newtodroid10 Lurker

    I guess my name says it alll. What has worked for me is hitting the lock button. That shuts off the screen and when I want to check the time I hit the camera button. Repeat as needed. Hopt it works fdor some of you.
  23. djkeller3

    djkeller3 Android Enthusiast

    I like using the night clock app myself, but a little worried that using it every night will significantly shorten the life of my backlight. Is there any real danger of this?

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