Advanced SystemUI

SystemUI replacement for the Nokia N8x0 tablets
asui project page

Lock Flight Mode Reboot/Shutdown Rotation Screenshot Commands
Audio Lock Key Repeat Stays Lit Autolock Sounds Settings Edit

Secondary page and UI customization
See Widgets page for more information.


Lock Buttons
There are two lock buttons that can handle upto four actions: lock, lock&blank, blank and secure. A short tap will activate the lower button and a long tap for the upper button. When the "split lock buttons" setting is enabled both upper and lower buttons are controlled via short taps and long tap is disabled. The upper buttons will have a dotted border when not split. The lock-and-close setting will cause ASUI to unmap after pressing any of the lock buttons.


ASUI has buttons to toggle both of these settings without needing to open the control panel.

1 This setting is temporarily modified when using the lock&blank or blank buttons and is restored when the screen comes back on.

2 This setting is temporarily modified when using the lock&blank or blank buttons while connected to the charger and is restored when the screen comes back on.

ASUI is not able to blank or dim the screen if another application has requested a blanking pause. If you perform an action in ASUI that requires a screen state change and nothing happens within 6 seconds, ASUI will display a notification informing you of the problem.


Flight Mode Button
A short tap toggles between flight mode and normal mode with the current mode highlighted and the other mode inside a button. Long tapping to enter flight mode will stop VPN, SSH, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS services after switching to flight mode.


Reboot and Shutdown Buttons
A confirmation dialog is opened after pressing the shutdown or reboot buttons.


Rotation Buttons
The three 'A' buttons rotate the screen, long tap inverts the rotate-and-close setting.


Screenshot Button
Run apt-get install screenshot-tool as root to enable this feature. Short tapping the plus and minus buttons increment or decrement the delay value (shown in middle). Long pressing the delay buttons will not auto-repeat like the brightness and volumes buttons because a long press anywhere in the button will take the screenshot. Images are stored in /home/user/MyDocs/.images/ or N8x0/Images. The delay is in seconds and screenshot is taken on time but it requires about 1.5 to 2 seconds to process and then the sound is played.

You will need to enable the Diablo SDK/Tools repository to install the screenshot-tool package.

Using other apps: ASUI looks for /usr/bin/screenshot-tool to enable the button and then calls /usr/bin/screenshot-tool -q %s && chown user %s, replacing both instances of %s with the dated filename it generates. You can write a script at that location and have it invoke mypaint or aother screenshot capable app. The delay is handled by ASUI so your script won't need to perform a wait. In the future asui-settings will have the ability to change the app location and command.


Audio Lock Button
Create the /etc/asui-audio-lock-profiles directory and then create extensionless files within it. The filenames will appear in the audio lock button so keep them short to avoid clipping. Each line of the file is a command and invalid commands are ignored. Valid key names are ESCAPE, MENU, HOME, PLUS (zoom), MINUS (zoom), FULLSCREEN, LEFT, RIGHT, UP, DOWN and ENTER (dpad center). All key names and actions are case-insensitive.

The key used as a secondary unlock key can be mapped with audio lock. However, when power button is pressed the secondary key can only be used to unlock the screen while all other audio lock keys remain functional. Once the screen blanks again the secondary key can again be used by audio lock.

A hyphen or any other sequence of characters without spaces must be used before the LAUNCH actions as a placeholder. The commands executed as user are wrapped in su - user -c 'COMMAND HERE' so it important not to include single quotes in your commands. Profiles begining with a period will not appear in the audio lock button and can be used to hide them without removing the file.

XMMS profile

Panucci profile

Media Player profile

Canola profile

MediaBox profile

MPD/MPC profile

Do you know any commands not listed above? Please post them on the forum for others to enjoy.


Key Repeat Button
The key auto-repeat for entire system sometimes turns off, this can be used to turn it back on.


Screen Stays Lit Button
Toggle the screen stays lit on charger setting and is here to manually restore problems with ASUI's blanking overrides.


Screen Autolock Button
Toggle the lock screen and keys when screen turns off setting and is here to manually restore problems with ASUI's blanking overrides.


Sounds Level Button
The control panel has three settings to control volume for system alerts, keypad and touchscreen sounds. This button makes it easy to turn these sounds off when listening to music or podcasts with headphones while using the device.


Command Buttons
There are eight buttons that can be assigned a command to execute when tapped. Each button is configured from the Command Buttons section in the GTK settings app. Unconfigured command buttons have a small solid gray dot inside a gray circle.

Restart MCE button

Restart Telescope button

Toggle Fullscreen button

Do you use any command buttons not listed above? Please post them on the forum for others to enjoy.


Settings Button
Open the GTK settings app to configure ASUI or MCE, or manage system services.


Widget/Button Edit Buttons
The edit buttons and edit widgets buttons give you the ability to reposition all buttons and widgets. See the Secondary page and UI customization section on the Widgets page for more information.