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Cosmo Communicator - Linux / Re: Resize Partitions w/ No Data Loss?
« on: April 11, 2022, 05:57:48 pm »
I did not find a solution to this issue and since batteries have failed on both my Gemini and Cosmo, and no third-party batteries are available, the issue is now moot for me.


Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / Replacement Battery Grim Update
« on: April 09, 2022, 02:36:29 pm »
Batteries in both my Gem and Cosmo have failed and so has my search to replace them.

The final indignity was today--after finding one lone HK ebay seller vending the batteries, I bought two, then got a seller note saying the batteries had internal problems and asking me to cancel order. I don't quite understand the issue unless they simply didn't have them (I see that their listing is now gone).

Any other ideas for a seller? As they stand now, both phones are essentially useless.


Cosmo Communicator - Linux / Re: Lost Ability to Control Brightness
« on: February 14, 2022, 11:22:12 am »
Sorry to hear you have the same issue, now and then, and thank you for link's heads-up:

Code: [Select]
echo 150 > /sys/class/leds/lcd-backlight/brightness
This is indeed the proper directory/command.

Much obliged,

Cosmo Communicator - Linux / Lost Ability to Control Brightness
« on: February 13, 2022, 05:20:42 pm »
In Gemian/Cosmo, my Fn-B/Fn-N shows the slider for decreasing/increasing brightness, but the device remains at full brightness.

Any ideas why this has happened? And does anyone know where the /sys/class/* directory is along with the proper terminal command for control of brightness?


Okay, a reboot restored the fn key ability. Still, I would love to know where the backlight directory lives. Tx.

Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / Re: Battery replacement experience
« on: February 13, 2022, 01:58:59 pm »
I purchased a Gem battery from Canadian Batteries today and was promptly refunded--they do not have them in stock.


Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / New Batteries Anywhere? (Shipped to USA)
« on: February 13, 2022, 01:42:31 pm »
I have looked high and low, esp for this part number: CS-PLX600SL but I can't find replacement batteries for Gem/Cos.

Has anybody recently purchased one?


Hello, and welcome here.

I can't answer all your queries, since I've given up trying to make the Cosmo work as a genuine phone, but I will say you're not alone with your CODI woes. IMO, CODI is essentially junk and there aren't too many users here that will disagree. I had the same faulty listing of contacts (CODI would only generate a partial listing) that you suffer and I never solved it.

Nor do I know of many users that use Gemian as their daily driver, but there are some. I now use my Cosmo as a Linux-only laptop and am pleased to do so--I do not use a SIM card with it.

Some of your display issues may be tied to the rooted aspect of your setup and perhaps others will weigh in with their experience. One thing I did use right away, and also use it with my Pixel 4a, is Nova Launcher (in the Playstore) and if I remember correctly, that will solve your 3. dilemma.

I know I was able to set myself up as Developer, some sort of tapping 7 times or something, but it can be done (though perhaps not in root, now that I think about it).

The Cosmo can function as a daily driver, it just takes work and a lowering of expectations and God knows you know your stuff (your setup is airtight) so you'll find your way, though not with CODI :)

Again, welcome,

Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / Re: CoDi resource bug shutdown dialog
« on: November 05, 2021, 05:48:19 pm »
I am very sorry hear of your troubles, but I imagine you are not alone, despite the lack of posts to your thread.

CoDi is junk, it always has been. It won't list all your contacts, it's a battery drain, it will inadvertently mute you with the wrong press of your cheek, I could go on and on, and when you look through the other threads of complaints, you'll see a plethora of weirdness that CoDi visits on its users, and everybody seems to have a different problem.

It's not a coincidence that Planet moved far away from CoDi wiith the upcoming Astro.

I now use my Cosmo as a Linux-only laptop and the first thing I did was disable CoDi.

Planet has made interesting devices, but like other niche companies, they have to sort out the issues afterward not before, which is a drag for users, and they never truly sorted out CoDi.

I hope you can find pleasure in the Cosmo despite CoDi's failures, since the phone does have unique qualities.


Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / Re: Codi broken
« on: September 02, 2021, 03:07:58 pm »
That's what I did when my Cosmo began to give up the hardware ghost. My wifi/bt disappeared, so I did a Linux-only install (CODI does little on Gemian other than drain the battery). Even when my wifi/bt mysteriously appeared again, I'm keeping the Cosmo as a PDA. Bought a Pixel 4a for an actual phone; will wait for the Astro II before switching my daily driver needs back to Planet.


Gemini PDA - Linux / Re: upgrading linux on gemini
« on: August 27, 2021, 12:50:08 pm »
@depscribe--have you seen this, for phone capability?

cam1965 is a go-to user with this stuff and he seems to have his Gem up and running, phone-wise.

I like Stretch just fine on my all-linux Gem, but I'm not using a sim card. I know geminifrench, another wizard, at least has data working on his Stretch.

So I think it can be done, though any linux phone as your daily driver could present its challenges.

I actually prefer Stretch to Buster (Buster's on my Cosmo).


Cosmo Communicator - Linux / Resize Partitions w/ No Data Loss?
« on: August 15, 2021, 01:58:24 pm »
Because my Cosmo wifi/bt died, I tried to set up a Linux-only approach. I've got Gemian in working order and now, weeks later, my wifi/bt have miraculously returned from the dead.

Even after giving Gemian all the disk space, I still have a working Android partition but with only 107mbs of extra space.

I would like to make that Android partition larger--is it possible to do so through gparted/Gemian without losing my Linux install? And if so, could someone tell me which partitions to change (my gparted shows a huge number of partitions of varying and confusing size)?


This is an interesting thread. I thought my Cosmo battery was worn-out (ordered a new one but it never showed up), but I'm not getting the drain cited here.

I run Linux-only and I've disabled CODI and I get 10 days or so of down-time before the battery drains out.

Other than a disabled CODI, my internal wifi/bt doesn't work, so that may have something to do with it, too.


Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Re: In a pickle
« on: August 12, 2021, 05:21:40 pm »
>> Short version:
To be continued. << :)

Thanks for posting back and sorry that this dilemma goes on. I'm certainly on record about my concern for Cosmo hardware, but at least I knew right away when things were broken. You're still mired in the gray, it seems.

I'm very interested to hear PC's response.


Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Re: How robust is a Gemini?
« on: August 09, 2021, 05:02:51 pm »
I bought my Gemini very early on and used it as my daily driver until I got the Cosmo. My only complaint about the Gem was its slight screen bounce while typing, which I fixed by duct-taping a piece of trimmed coat hanger on the machine' back as it lay in the hinge's slot. I still don't understand the physics of its success, but it works for years and the tape is hidden.

I use the Gem now as a pure Linux machine, and anecdotally, the Gem is much more robust than my Cosmo, whose hardware has fallen apart, piece by piece.


Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Re: In a pickle
« on: August 08, 2021, 11:23:35 am »
Wow, that is very strange. Especially since you wisely cross-referenced your SIM/signal-strength by confirming with another Cosmo, I don't understand why it would suddenly give network now. Unless it's an intermittent hardware issue. You already wiped everything so there's no software miscalculation to explore. Weird.

If it is hardware, I wonder how hard it would be to pull the necessary components from your broken Cosmo...

Do post back with your findings and fingers crossed that this issue is just a gremlin.

(I would love to see NZ sometime in my life. Ever since watching TOP OF THE LAKE :) That's some gorgeous country and hats off to NZ's Covid measures.)


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