three small installer questions?

Karen Lewellen klewellen at
Fri Apr 27 10:43:14 EDT 2012

Hi gregg,
that is terrific!  we will give it a try.
And  yes, that is the correct code for the dec talk express.  I got the 
speakup manual  while looking through the on line debian installer 
Much appreciated,

On Thu, 26 Apr 2012, Gregory Nowak wrote:

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> Ok, the debian installer itself could care less where your dectalk
> express is, or if you even have one. All of that is taken care of by
> speakup, which is loaded for you based on parameters you supply when
> you get the beep, and you're at the boot prompt.
> I don't know if the procedure for starting speakup with a hardware
> synth is the same in wheezy as it is in squeeze, so what I'm about to
> tell you applies to squeeze, but may not apply to boot from media which
> is intended for wheesy. I'll just go ahead and state here what you
> need to do to boot with a hardware synth using speakup in squeeze,
> since the info is spread out over a couple sections of the install
> manual, and requires more than 1 read to fully figure it out.
> 1. Power up the system with the boot media in the drive, and wait for
>   the beep (you should get one if your system has a pc speaker, which
>   it likely does as I said before).
> 2. Once you get the beep, arrow down once to choose graphical install.
> 3. Hit your tab key,  hit the space bar, and type
> speakup.synth=xxx
> , and hit enter.
> The xxx is speakup's name for your synthesizer. So, for a dectalk
> express, I believe you'd type
> speakup.synth=dectlk
> , but don't quote me on that. If all went well, you should get speech
> from your synth 30-45 seconds after pressing enter, if not
> earlier. HTH.
> Greg
> On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 09:07:14PM -0400, Karen Lewellen wrote:
>> Hi again,
>> Sorry very busy past day or two.  I am likely given your idea
>> waiting too long then.  I  plan trying again tomorrow, perhaps based
>> on your answer.
>> for the record, as the discussion in the other associated threads
>> demonstrates, I am not actually wanting to install wheezy at all.
>> I have DVD images of squeeze.  however  as I cannot boot from DVD,
>> and the cd image comes with a way to install the system on my own,
>> my goal was to follow Samuel's steps  for installing squeeze instead
>> once I reached the mirror archive question.  He already gave mt to
>> understand that debian will not care where the  install data is
>> coming from.
>> Your confirmation that it will just skip the network  install option
>> confirms this too. I will have to set up one manually later.
>> I agree a thousand percent with just using  my dectalk express.
>> How can this be done without  sighted assistants?
>> I recall from the install manual that one uses the graphical
>> installer, but again if debian  does not know until later in the
>> install process where the dectalk is, what is done up to that point?
>> Thanks again for your wisdom,
>> Karen
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