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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.)


Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Re: In a pickle
« on: August 05, 2021, 12:55:52 pm »
Ach, sorry to hear that. Not certain what's going on, but I use Gemian-only on my Cosmo because my wifi/bt just quit one day, gone on Android, Linux, whatever. With cam1965's help, I compiled the kernel to permit use of usb wifi adapters.

His .config file is actually set up for usb modems (and I've successfully used his .config and gotten data with a Huawei), but that's obviously Plan B for you. Since you've flashed successfully to other OSs, it sounds as if you've done due diligence, Can't imagine your tinkering with software would blow away network, even after reflash.

I guess you could truly go back to factory settings by reflashing the whole thing just for stock Android only and see if that had different results. Stock Android screamed at me about my missing bluetooth, so at least I had confirmation of hardware failure.


I'll follow your lead and keep my current compilation. If you do recompile a future kernel, I'll be very interested to know your thinking.


@cam1965--I have put holds on cosmo kernel, etc to keep my compiled kernel first and foremost.

But I now see that there's an updated kernel available. Have you recompiled it? Or are you content with your present kernel?


Thank you for that fast follow-up. While intrigued mightily with UBPorts, I don't think my Cosmo can make the switch: my wifi/bt are dead and while cam1965 held my hand and helped me compile the Gemian kernel to let me use usb wifi adapters, I don't think such an arrangement will transfer to UBPorts. That, an absence of accessible word processing seem to make me cheer on rather than actually use UBPorts.

I will lurk with respect :)


UBPorts: this is very intriguing.

I've been poking around in the store. Am I correct in assuming there's not a word processor available? Can't find LibreOffice, etc.


If anybody needs to get one of those cheapie Ralink wifi adapters going on the Cosmo, the rt2800 seems to be a discontinued chip.  The chip that appears most on ebay, etc is the mt7601u

Luckily, the Cosmo 4.4 kernel also has that module available for compilation. Thanks to all of cam1965's tutelage, I compiled the kernel once more to have both the rt2800 and the mt7601u available, and now both my wifi adapters get the Cosmo on-line.


Daniel, many thanks for the quick response.


If my Cosmo replacement battery does actually make it to me, I'm remain a bit confused about the initial part of the tear-down.

How does one get access to the screws in pic #1? Does the Cosmo bottom pop off the way the Gemini's top pops off (with the Gemini tool?)?


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