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  Trying & Failing To Flash
Posted by: xero50 - 05-20-2018, 11:36 AM - Forum: Linux on Gemini - Replies (6)

I wonder if someone can help me out here please.
I wish to flash with Debian dual-boot. However, when I select the Scatter file for that, the flashing tool no longer allows me to select any of the fields and gives the complaint :
"Please select one ROM at least before execution."

I have however managed successfully to reflash Android using the same flashing tool application as for some reason, that automatically selects all of the fields when the scatter file is selected for android.
I have tried this on a variety of computers and operating systems including Ubuntu 16.04. Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04, Fedora, OpenSuse, Windows 7, but all with the same result. I have also tried to use a variety of Scatter files, all with the same result.
I am now three days in and beginning to wonder if this is indeed possible..........

Any help or direction would be gratefully received

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  LXQt GUI setup
Posted by: matt - 05-19-2018, 04:01 PM - Forum: Linux on Gemini - Replies (1)

My first post here. I've just installed Linux on my new Gemini. After installation, the configuration info at https://github.com/gemian/gemini-keyboar...i/DebianTP was very useful, so thanks for that.

To.(hopefully) make this a useful first post, I thought I'd share my LXQt GUI configuration options for the Gemini. These can mostly be set in the GUI, but I found it easier to do it as described here via ssh and a text editor (nano is installed by default).

For all of these changes, the file you need to edit is ~/.config/lxqt/panel.conf (make a backup first if you're unsure). You'll need to make these changes when you're not logged in to LXQt, or it might overwrite your modifications.

Please feel welcome to share any GUI settings you've found useful.

Make things bigger

By default, icons and menu text are small. Make them bigger by modifying the following values under [panel1]:


And adding/modifying the following under [mainmenu]:


(default font size is 11).

Show the date in the clock widget

Under [clock] add:


Optionally, you can change the time format, by adding/modifying timeFormat, for example:

        timeFormat=HH:mm     (default: 24 hour clock)
        timeFormat=hh:mma    (12 hour with am/pm)

Fix to make the volume widget actually change the volume

The volume control didn't work for me until, under [volume], I modified:


(Still not perfect: audio goes to both headphones and speakers - I can't get it to go to just the headphones.)

Move main panel to left edge

Since the Gemini screen is not tall, saving vertical space for application windows is useful, so I moved the panel to the left edge.

Under [panel1] modify:


Optional: To stop the clock rotating, and to stop the font for the date being shrunk, under [clock] add/modify:


Add a second panel on right side

Duplicate the whole [panel1] section, but change the name to [panel2] and change:


Then, under [general], change:

        panels=panel1, panel2

(The name "panel2" can be be whatever you want - as long as it matches in both places.)

Now, under [panel1] and [panel2], change the plugins list to your taste. I like:

        plugins=quicklaunch, tray, statusnotifier, volume, mainmenu

        plugins=taskbar, showdesktop, clock

Customise the (now vertical) Taskbar

With a vertical taskbar, I found it useful to add the following options under [taskbar]:

        autoRotate=false    (stop items being shown sideways)
        buttonStyle=Icon     (show icon without text)

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  Planet App Bar suggestion
Posted by: qzmeng - 05-17-2018, 05:08 AM - Forum: Android on Gemini - Replies (1)

I am not sure where is the place to make this suggestion but it would be great if the number keys along the top row of the keyboard were bound to the buttons in the App bar. So you could press Planet, 1 to go to the desktop, Planet, 2 to open your mail and so on.  Even better would be if the display would line up with the physical keys.

This gives a good 9-10 apps which could be accessible with two keypresses or a key combination.

If you see the old HP Omnibook keyboards, its the same idea except they used a paper strip above the keyboard to indicate which key opens which app.

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  Any ETA on accelerated video drivers?
Posted by: depscribe - 05-15-2018, 02:18 AM - Forum: Linux on Gemini - Replies (2)

Much of the usability of Gemini running Linux is tied to accelerated video drivers. Is there any word on how/whether they're proceeding?

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  Lid Switch Behavior - can it be changed?
Posted by: Grench - 05-14-2018, 08:29 PM - Forum: Android on Gemini - No Replies

This stems from me wanting to be able to do something that should be quite simple.

I want to play and control playback of audio over a wired headset while the Gemini is shut and in my pocket. The audio playback question itself is working. This one is specific to the lid switch behavior. Audio player information here is given on background to detail why I want the lid switch behavior to be different.

I have an earbuds headset with Android compatible in-line three button remote. The remote allows me to:
Top button = volume up
Middle button 1X = play or pause toggle
Middle button 2X = next track
Middle button 3X = previous track
Bottom button = volume down

On the Gemini, the remote functions work fine as long as the lid is open and Google Assistant is FULLY turned off. Normal operations with the audio program open = perfect. 'locked' at the lock screen with audio controls = perfect.

Close the Gemini lid, though, and the audio continues, but the controls fail.

When the Gemini lid closes, what state does the unit place itself in? This isn't the same as most Android phones screen-off state. It is something else - but what to call this? Tupor?

Where is the Gemini lid close behavior monitored and maintained in the software stack?  Keyboard driver or other?

Is there a hidden menu somewhere that allows the user to override it's default settings?  Turning the screen off is fine, but it appears to be going past that point.

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  android developer tools vs flash_tool
Posted by: larsthegeek - 05-12-2018, 02:29 AM - Forum: Gemini Flash/Partition tool - Replies (1)

I am potentially erring here by not testing this myself, but is there some idiosyncrasy to the Gemini that make it so one can't just use old friends such as adb and fastboot to perform tasks such as adding a new recovery tool (twrp and friends), unlocking the bootloader (fastbook oem unlock) etc.  

Does one *have* to use the mediatec flash tool?  On my nexus tablet I've never needed anything other than the android developer kit.

Again, not trying to be snarky, just curious.  In my specific case, it is a pain to get the flash_tool running as my linux distro (QubesOS) has security limits on what a USB device can and cannot do which interfere with using the flash tool.

Cheers, and thanks for any feedback.

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  Quirky behavior with Apple USB-C charger
Posted by: michel-slm - 05-11-2018, 01:00 AM - Forum: Android on Gemini - No Replies

I just got my PDA a couple of days ago, and since I already have a few USB-C devices at home I'm not using the provided charger yet.

Charging with an Anker charger that does USB-PD works fine; charging with a USB type-A to type-C cable connected to my monitor also works fine. Charging with an Apple power adapter though, is interesting:

- if I power off the device and plug the charger then it charges
- if I then power on and boot to Android, it correctly reports as charging
- if I then unplug and replug the PDA no longer charges.

So for some reason when Android is booted it refuses to initialize the charging process ... any idea why, and do other people have similar experiences either with the same charger or another?

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  Newbie Questions
Posted by: bent - 05-08-2018, 04:14 PM - Forum: Android on Gemini - Replies (2)

Hi. I just got my Gemini and I have a few questions:
1. There seems to be a screen protector on the screen (because there are air bubbles). I cannot, however, remove it. Is it removable?
2. I see that there is a program to control the LEDs but I don't see a way to assign individual light patterns to particular callers. Is this feature working yet?
3. I heard that Planet Computers is developing a calendar/agenda app. Is that available yet? If so, where can I find it?
4, I have been trying to download the Linux software but when I try to extract the .zip file, it fails at 52%, producing a Windows error (0x80004005). Is this a known issue? I have tried on two Windows computers, both running the latest version of Windows that came out a few days ago.
Any answers would be much appreciated. Thanks,

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  Power off issues
Posted by: nafmo - 03-26-2018, 02:48 PM - Forum: Linux on Gemini - Replies (4)

Is anyone else seeing issues powering off the device from the Linux side? I have it up and running fine now, but powering off never succeeds. It starts to power off, but then freezes (with the screen still on). I have to press Off (Fn+Esc) for 10 seconds to force-poweroff.

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  GNU/Linux user-land on top of Android
Posted by: nafmo - 03-20-2018, 08:36 AM - Forum: Android on Gemini - Replies (18)


There was talk during the campaign about providing a GNU/Linux user-land on top of the Android system on the Gemini. Is there any news of this?

What I really want to be able to use my device for is off-line editing, of both text files and source code. For that I only need a text-based user-land, with access to regular developer tools (gcc, make, ...), text editors (joe, jed, vi, emacs) and version control (git, hg, cvs).

I tried the GNURoot Debian app, and while it does give me something that looks like a command line, it cannot access things like the SD card, which makes it difficult to use for anything useful.

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