Speakup available? (wasRE: patched debian kernels)

Albert Sten-Clanton albert.e.sten_clanton at verizon.net
Sat Feb 15 16:16:11 EST 2014

Greg, thanks for the tip on access to the consoles.  You're right about the
second beedp, at least that I get one.


-----Original Message-----
From: Speakup [mailto:speakup-bounces at linux-speakup.org] On Behalf Of
Gregory Nowak
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 3:56 PM
To: speakup at linux-speakup.org
Subject: Re: Speakup available? (wasRE: patched debian kernels)

On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 11:45:42AM -0500, Albert Sten-Clanton wrote:
> Second, I tried this week to use both the Debian live CD (7.2, I 
> think) and the 32-64-bit install CD, 7.3 if I remember right.  As I 
> understand the installation guide, I should be able to get speakup, at 
> least on the latter, by typing the letter s at the boot prompt and 
> hitting ENTER.  It didn't work.  I tried arrowing to the right option, 
> but that also failed.  I tried lower and upper case.  I tried with 
> both the live CD and the net-installer one.

Yes, this is correct. With either 32-bit or 64-bit wheezy netinst iso, you
boot up, wait a few seconds, hit lower case s, enter, and you should get
software speech. I don't recall, but I do think you even get a beep through
your pc speaker when it's time to type s and enter, but I could be wrong

> If it's a case of muted sound, how would I fix that?  (The usual 
> amixer command that I use to raise the volume did nothing.) I've so 
> far found no help with this through Google searches, even though I 
> know there has been some correspondence about Weezy and Speakup.

I'm not sure if the netinst disk has amixer on it. When speech comes up on
that iso, you're in the first console, which is the installer. If you want
to try various commands to see if they do anything, hit alt+right-arrow to
go to the second console, and press enter to activate that console. Once you
do that, you'll be at a busybox shell prompt.


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