Fragmented speech using Redhat 8.0 and Apollo2

Darragh lists at
Sat Nov 8 18:21:45 EST 2003

I cant exactly who was good enough to send that back then but I kept it
as it was so helpful.

HZ is set to 512.  To compensate, you'll need to 
change the timing variables for Speakup.  In the /proc/speakup/apollo 
directory, you'll se files called jiffy_delta and delay_time, among
Note that I might not have spelled apollo the way it is in the 
/proc/speakup directory.  Use the "cat" command to display the value 
contained in the two pseudo files.  For example: "cat jiffy_delta" and
delay_time", without the quotes, of course.  To change a value, use the 
"echo" command.  For example: "echo 15 > jiffy_delta" and "echo 80> 
delay_time".  Using cat, find the value of jiffy_delta.  Multiply the
by five.  For example, if the value of jiffy_delta is 3, make it 15.
find the value of delay_time.  Divide it by 5.  For example, if you find

400, make it 80.  If this works, you can write a script to make this 
happen on boot.

I do have this happening at boot, but it was a while ago and I've not
touched linux much since.

Hope that helps


-----Original Message-----
From: speakup-bounces at
[mailto:speakup-bounces at] On Behalf Of Sheila Acock
Sent: 08 November 2003 23:02
To: speakup at
Subject: Fragmented speech using Redhat 8.0 and Apollo2


Please don't shoot me down or tell me to go and read the documentation.
I was really keen to try Linux, and have spent many more hours than I
ought to have done reading documentation, but I can't say it came
together as a coherent whole, and I have had so many problems, I am
feeling quite discouraged.

 Having read the HowTo about installing Redhat with Speakup, I decided
to take the plunge and buy a box set in the hope that I could get a
system up  and running to play with fairly quickly.

I won't bore you with details of the problems encountered, but I now
have Redhat 8.0 running on a system with an Athlon 850  processor, with
250 mb memory and an Apollo2 synth.  The trouble is, the speech is so
disjointed I am having difficulty making much sense of it.

Looking back through the List archive, I see that a couple of people
reported a similar problem using Apollo2 and Redhat 8 back in February.
There did not seem to be a completely satisfactory solution, though one
person said that a suggestion involving "delay_time" and "jiffy_delta"
had helped to some extent.

I have signed up for Janina's pre-Techshare Linux workshop, but I don't
think I'm going to make much progresss until I can get reasonable
speech, so any help in sorting this problem would be much appreciated,
remembering that I am a complete newbie and need things spelt out in
words of one syllable.



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