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    hughakston

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    wireless indicator LED

    First day with a Cosmo Communicator that I bought on eBay. What is the Wireless Indicator LED, and why is it on? It's a LED above the camera lens. It wasn't on earlier today. What is it telling me? How do I turn it off? (Power cycled, didn't help.)
     

    harchintan

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    Re-install official/custom rom v19 or upgraded on cosmo

    Hi All

    Please guide me on how to manually update cosmo with official/custom rom ?
    Please guide me step by step - i am kinda noob :D
    will be grateful for help!


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    ---------- Post added at 08:08 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:02 PM ----------

    How can I re-install OS on my Cosmo ? I have some display problem, maybe it's fixed by re-install
    Problem: Main display doesn't switch on once Cosmo is closed and opened again.

    See my post :
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1774620199505688/permalink/2277809709186732/

    First day with a Cosmo Communicator that I bought on eBay. What is the Wireless Indicator LED, and why is it on? It's a LED above the camera lens. It wasn't on earlier today. What is it telling me? How do I turn it off? (Power cycled, didn't help.)
     

    sd_shadow

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    Hi All

    Please guide me on how to manually update cosmo with official/custom rom ?
    Please guide me step by step - i am kinda noob :D
    will be grateful for help!




    ---------- Post added at 08:08 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:02 PM ----------

    How can I re-install OS on my Cosmo ? I have some display problem, maybe it's fixed by re-install
    Problem: Main display doesn't switch on once Cosmo is closed and opened again.

    See my post :
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1774620199505688/permalink/2277809709186732/
    There is not anything really helpful from OEM
    Just this
    http://support.planetcom.co.uk/index.php/Linux_for_Cosmo

    Sent from my ali using XDA Labs
     

    dentedilupo

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    hi guys one more with cosmo

    mine was bought used in ebay

    some questions please, i have the 03.26.2020 v20

    - to power on i can only use the esc , i cant power one when cosmo is turn off with the phone closed using the power button, is this normal?
    - does the left and right type c port have the same function? sometimes my right port stops working

    i see a lot of bugs, too many, but great device and idea but for the price should be better
     

    tkotz

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    Questions about dual boot

    1) I don't think the official linux_for_cosmo site mentions a LXQT image as of writing this comment.

    2) Has anyone gotten the linux_for_cosmo version of TWRP to work? When I select it I just get a boot-up image with a green bar down the right side of the screen then it goes black and reboots.

    2a) I'm trying to get this working so I can add the F-Droid privilege extension to my system apps so that fdroid can auto update apps. If anyone has successfully moved an app into the system on this device I'd appreciate it. Titianium backup won't do it. The default recovery doesn't run ota zips that are not signed by planet computers. As above I can't get TWRP working. and I can't get any changes to the system(p36) filesystem to be kept tried as root on both android and debian.

    Thanks for any help you can give.
     
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    tkotz

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    Fixed TWRP and F-Droid

    1) Overwrite the official TWRP with the unofficial one from here:
    Code:
    https://github.com/Treeki/unofficial-twrp-cosmo/releases

    Then overwrite the TWRP partition using fastboot (I think this requires
    Code:
    fastboot flashing unlock
    to have been done before)
    Code:
    fastboot flash TWRP unofficial-twrp-cosmo-20191214.img

    2) Now you still can't just install the org.fdroid.fdroid.privileged.ota_2110.zip because this version of TWRP is not aware that it is in system as root mode. So just tell it is using adb shell
    Code:
    > adb shell
    Cosmo_Communicator:/ # getprop ro.build.system_root_image
    
    Cosmo_Communicator:/ # setprop ro.build.system_root_image true    
    Cosmo_Communicator:/ # getprop ro.build.system_root_image
    true

    3) make sure your /system is mounted
    4) install the org.fdroid.fdroid.privileged.ota_2110.zip as normal.
     
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    poverome

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    Hello everyone.
    I wonder how will this device perform with Linux and the following packages:
    - Gimp
    - Inkscape
    - Blender
    - Audacity
    - LMMS
    - LibreOffice
    - Scribus
    - KDENlive

    Compared to a middle end PC.
    I never did nothing too complex with any of these, so my concerns are all about "fresh" performance (eg, in Gimp, I'd look at how smoothly you can draw a line, in Blender, how fast the default cube rotates, and so).

    If you know any, please, link a video.

    Finally, I know maybe there some issue, like KDENlive not starting and returning a "segmentation fault", or at least, this is what happens with chrooting Linux from Android. Does this happens with CC too?

    Thanks everyone in advance for any help.

    Bye, Ivano.

    Edit: Or, maybe better, just link to a benchmark ran on a CC with Linux, compared to an Intel Core Duo Quad with a GeForce 710 GTX (my actual pc)
     
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    Skaranorak

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    Everyone ! I need some help. The debian distro wont recognize my external drive. I have tried to image the drive in different formats but it says "error the current file type is not recognized : ntfs or exfat or w.e "

    Has anyone else run into this issue ?
     

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    Finally a new update.
    From email
    Cosmo Communicator News - March '21
    Dear Cosmo backers!

    The long awaited Android firmware update for Cosmo is now available. This is the v25 version.

    This version includes the following:

    Security patches up to Jan 2021
    Bug fixes and improvements
    Keyboard driver improvements - no delay when opening Cosmo
    Bootloader improvements - you can now set the default booting partition
    Cover Display assistant - more optimised flashing process
    Internal changes to enable future Planet Backup software to run on Cosmo
    The version is fully GMS approved by Google and supports Google Pay.

    Please note the following:

    This update work on both pure Android and Linux/Android Cosmo devices.

    If you are using rooted Android please update the rooted Android image by following the instruction on this link:
    https://support.planetcom.co.uk/index.php/Rooted_Android_For_Cosmo



    Best regards,

    Team Cosmo
     

    kaushal.d

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    Hi guys! I need help! Suddenly my cover display doesn't work. I tried to do an update it failed and then it said cover display connection error. I did a factory reset still it doesn't help. Cover display is off. Please please need help
    i am facing the same isssue were you able to resolve?
     

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      This thread has been created
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      first impressions and rooting

      Hi,

      hope this thread is the right place - I'm new to posting on xda developers (but been reading here sometimes for a long time).
      I received my Cosmo on tuesday (2019-11-26).
      Overall I'm happy with the device. The keyboard is good and I can actually touch type with it - obviously not as fast as on a full sized one. But Sometimes it misses characters, expecially the space bar.
      The german layout is a bit awkward for umlauts. To Type "ä" you have to press "Fn+a", for "ü", "Fn+u" and so on. There is only one Fn key on the left side so fluid typing of especially "ü" and "ß" is difficult.
      Software on the cover display feels like an early beta. Very slow and e.g. music controls don't work with all music players - but it has it's value for checking the time or answering calls (and seeing who's calling beforehand).
      Battery life is pretty bad but surprisingly unaffected by usage.
      ... well, it's a low volume device so I'm ok with the downside. And I hope some will be fixed.
      Planet computers promised to release officially rooted images and linux support etc.... it's not there yet.
      But rooting was pretty straight forward:
      • activate "OEM unlocking" in developer settings
      • install magic manager
      • adb reboot bootloader
      • fastboot flashing unlock
      • reboot to bootloader again (not sure if necessary)
      • fastboot flash boot boot-magisk.img

      (most people seem to use SP Flashtool, but it worked for me with fastboot which is open source)

      I got the boot-magisk.img from here:
      https://www.oesf.org/forum/index.php?s=&showtopic=35879&view=findpost&p=292918
      https://mega.nz/#!U8sFVACI!J-TS3q11Hak-zWt1_nyTyv4m87GkV1YIVDipez05BvE

      When planet releases debian images I will try them out.

      If you have any questions feel happy to ask.

      edit:
      the process does a factory reset. So back up your data!
      1
      What filesystem do you have on the sd card?
      The Android version is missing some filesystem drivers e.g. exfat and ntfs.
      I have 64GB sd card formatted with vfat(32) and it works withoud any problems.
      1
      Still waiting for mine in the UK
      1
      Muti-boot and Linux Cosmo support update

      From email



      Muti-boot and Linux Cosmo support update

      In this update we would like to discuss plans regarding Linux support on the Cosmo Communicator.

      With the Gemini PDA, Planet offered experienced users the ability to install Linux on the device, by connecting it to a desktop or laptop computer and flashing the device manually.

      With the Cosmo Communicator we want to improve the user experience when installing a custom OS, such as Linux. To do that we upgraded two key components, the LK and the recovery mode.

      The updated recovery mode can be used to partition the storage space of the Cosmo Communicator - see the option "Change the partition table of your COSMO" in the picture below.
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      This will allow the user to reserve space for the Linux operating system. As you can see in the picture below, there are currently 5 options:

      1. Reserve all space for Android
      2. Reserve 90GB for Android and 30GB for Linux
      3. Reserve 60GB for Android and 60GB for Linux
      4. Reserve 30GB for Android and 90 GB for Linux
      5. Reserve all space for Linux

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      Once the storage for Linux has been reserved, you can install a custom OS on your Cosmo, by choosing the related option as in the picture.

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      This option will scan the microSD card for compatible installers and will present you with a menu showing the available installers as in the picture below.

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      Whenever new or updated custom operating systems will be available for the Cosmo, you will be able to download them into a micro SD card and install it in your device.

      At the moment we have initial support for the following:

      1. TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project)
      2. Debian using KDE/Plasma
      3. Debian using LXQT
      4. Rooted Android


      Once you select a custom OS you have to select where to install its boot firmware as shown below.

      There will be 3 extra boot partitions that can host custom boot firmware.

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      Once you select the boot partition, the custom OS will be installed on your Cosmo Communicator. A boot menu will then appear when you turn ON the device, allowing you to choose what to start as in the following picture. The boot menu is integrated in the modified LK firmware.

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      Using this method you will be able to install a custom OS such as Linux on your device without the need for a laptop or a desktop computer. All you need to do is to download the installer in a micro SD card and use the recovery mode to start the installation.

      Finally, a big thank you to our open source community (in particular to Sean, Adam and Nikita) which is working hard to get other operating systems supported on the Cosmo. In the following screenshot you can get a preview on what the community is working at the moment. We will provide a detailed Linux status update in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!


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      More from us this still this week. There will be another update later this week updating you on the over the air firmware update and Cosmo shipping.

      Best regards,

      Team Cosmo
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