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Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Multiboot problem [solved]
« on: June 02, 2019, 11:38:56 pm »
Anyone wanting to multiboot Sailfish and Android should probably read this thread.

And I would certainly like to be informed if anyone comes up with a better solution.

I have been struggling, without success, to get dual-boot Sailfish/Android working. This is using the new partition tool and firmware, doing a full flash ("firmware upgrade").

What I do is:
  • Flash the device
  • Boot into Sailfish. Everything works fine. Can reboot (to sailfish) without problems.
  • Boot into Android. All goes well.
  • Boot back to sailfish. Device is now broken.
The symptoms of the problem are:
  • The wireless interface gets a new pseudo-random MAC address. This happens on every reboot, with both Android and Sailfish.
  • The wifi scanning in sailfish returns a bogus network named "NVRAM Warning: Err=0x10". While harmless enough, this seems to indicate some error.
  • Sailfish fails to recall any WiFi networks that I have connected to before. So it is necessary to reenter passwords, etc. This makes the device pretty much worthless.
The only fix that I have found is to do a full reflash of the device. I have tried various combinations (including some unsupported ones) of Android+Sailfish. I have not tried other OS combinations, so I don't know if any of them also have issues.

So is it just my device, or has someone else encountered this issue? Even better would be if someone has found a fix.

[Edited to add]: See also this thread. It appears that I'm not the only one with the problem, and that it is not specific to sailfish. Does someone from Planet Computers want to help?

[Edited to change topic title]

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Partition tool bug
« on: October 21, 2018, 07:09:58 pm »
I was just preparing to flash the new firmware (multi-boot), and thought I'd see if the partition tool had changed since the last time I ran it. I got a very strange result.

It changed the size of the linux partition, from just under 24 GB (correct), to just under 24 PB (yes, peta-bytes, impossibly large). Needless to say, I don't intend using this new scatter file. I have no idea what will happen if you try using it with the flash tool, but probably nothing good.

So people may want to double check the partition tool output before trying to use it.

For whomever gets to fix the bug, the details are:
  Gemini x27
  Boots: Rooted Android, Recovery, Sailfish OS, Standard Android
  Partition sizes: 32GB for Android, 24.407GB for Linux
  The bug seems to be triggered by increasing the size reserved for android, i.e. start with 31 GB for android, then nudge the slider over to 32 GB for android, and
  then download the scatter file. At least this is how I managed to reproduce it.

Gemini PDA - Android / Voice Assist sound
« on: June 29, 2018, 12:16:28 pm »
Does anyone know of a way to disable and/or change the sound made when activating the voice assistant with the silver button or Fn+Space? I find it obnoxious, and Saiy has a perfectly fine customisable greeting.

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