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Astro Slide - Android / Proper backup of the Gemini BEFORE the Astro arrives
« Last post by Dixit on August 18, 2022, 03:55:36 pm »
I never would have guessed in May 2020 - buying the Astro Early Bird perk - that I needed to ask this question.

I kind of figured that the Gemini would be outdated and that the battery would be slowly dieing when the Astro arrives.  I would then use a transfer tool to port the Gemini's content into the Astro. That's what I did when my wife needed a new phone

Alas... that was far too positive !

My Gemini is now nearly dead, i.e. it is permanently connected to a powerblock. Worse: it was completely dead for a few days. I plugged in the charger for the 25th time, hoping for a miracle. And suddenly... the Gemini started to charge ! It also became extremely hot and made a siffling sound. Scary stuff ! This machine will not last long... and let's hope it doesn't burn the house.

And absolutely no Astro in sight...

Anway, that was the intro.

Does anyone have a good tool/plan/script that would allow me to make a proper back-up of the Gemini's data and installed apps ? A backup that will then be installed on the Astro ?
Well, I ordered a US keyboard + EU-plug and hoped, that that would be relatively rapidly delivered as that is the standard European combination.


My order is still not locked. That is in line with update #71, because Planet stated that all US keyboards / EU plugs are to be locked up until number 2700. And I am contributor 2767.
I am still surprised, though, that many other contributors in the ranges up to 4000 have been locked and are receiving their units (be it with other keyboards).

Oh, and my Gemini died yesterday. Who would have expected on May 1st, 2020, that the Astro would arrive after the Gemini's life span ?
Zaurus - Other distros support / Re: Linux kernel version 6 support
« Last post by yatli on August 12, 2022, 03:35:01 am »
Where's the party :D :D
Astro Slide - Android / Re: Rooting the Astro Slide
« Last post by Noppe on August 12, 2022, 01:30:08 am »
Interesting, Dom.  As you had no trouble booting a patched image, I am wondering what's causing my own Magisk-patched image fail to boot.  It's obviously the correct unpatched image, since writing it back out to boot_a returns the device to bootability.

This stuff would certainly be easier if PC would post the factory firmware and scatterfile to their support site.
Zaurus - Other distros support / Re: Linux kernel version 6 support
« Last post by greguu on August 11, 2022, 10:39:13 pm »
Great initiative.. perhaps some are interested to join the IRC channel for collaboration on this effort... ?
Astro Slide - Android / Re: Rooting the Astro Slide
« Last post by Dom (shymega) on August 11, 2022, 04:42:48 pm »
I rooted my Astro the same day I received it (10th June, UK keyboard). Not successful the first time, as I was using an old dev boot image, but once I had the stock firmware sent to me (can't provide it yet), I rooted that with my custom script, and my Astro was rooted. Sadly, it's in for repairs with PC now as the IMEI number was erased.

Once it comes back on Tuesday, I'll be backing up NVRAM with the scatter file Janko sent me (also can't provide that yet), and rooting again. I'm currently using my Cosmo (non-rooted, as multi-boot is finicky).
Astro Slide - Android / Re: Rooting the Astro Slide
« Last post by jakfish on August 11, 2022, 04:31:03 pm »
I commend your efforts and your bravery for taking risks with a long-awaited machine.

So: no root and no linux.

Astro Slide - Android / Re: Rooting the Astro Slide
« Last post by Noppe on August 11, 2022, 12:05:32 am »
Okay, I decided to go ahead and give it a go, and unfortunately flashing the above patched image to boot_a does not work.  (Maybe some signature verification needs to be disabled?)  Flashing the unpatched image back onto boot_a results in a properly booting Astro Slide once again, so I do believe the images are probably fine, and the Astro is just refusing to boot the patched one.
Also locked, with FI/SE keyboard. For some odd reason the "astro protection pack" I ordered too is not locked :)
I really would have preferred if they had made a "Scandinavian" model (also for the previous two phones), rather than splitting it up in Swe/Fin and Nor/Dan...
If allowing ourselves to go a tad OT while we keep waiting; yes, since laptop makers has managed to create a common "Scandinavian" keyboard, I think it should work, and simplify somewhat, for Planet too. Actually, when I look at the Nor/Den layout, more of its symbols seems located about where I'd expect them to be, than on my Fin/Swe, and the Nor/Den has a ~ too, which I must use Sym to type. While I have gotten used to direct access to Ö, I'd gladly adopt to a "Scandinavian" layout, based on a minimally modified Nor/Dan, perhaps like this:

Obviously, the key to the right of L would need to be properly marked with both Ö/Ø and Ä/Æ. I didn't bother and I think the sketch works anyway. The original image belongs to Planet Computers and was, for illustrative purposes, slightly modified, without seeking their permission, so it should probably not be spread wide and far, okay? If they could somehow trade the two least used symbols (¤ and ° maybe?) for ð and þ (in reasonable locations), we would have a truly Scandinavian layout. Yes, I know I can long-press D or T but as ð and þ are fairly common in Icelandic, I figure that disrupts the typing flow quite noticeably, which reasonably works against the idea of having a physical keyboard in the first place.
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