Accessible Live CD's?

acollins at acollins at
Tue Mar 11 06:16:34 EDT 2014

Hi.  Look at /proc/ioports and /proc/irqs.  if the ports have the
addresses 0x2f8 and 0x3f8, and irqs 3 and 4, they are probably isa
serial ports and speakup should work with tehem.  If they have other
addresses and irqs, they are probably pci ports, and speakup won't see

Gene Collins

>How do I tell which type of serial ports I have? The computer in question 
>was built in the summer of 2001. It has a dead RTC battery, and the 
>default clock time at powerup is midnight on January 1, 2000.
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>From: acollins at
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>Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 04:00:55 -0500
>Subject: Re: Accessible Live CD's?
>> Hi Jayson.  That depends on whether your machine has isa serial ports,
>> or pci serial ports.  If you have isa ports, you're in luck!  If not,
>> you're screwed.  The serial drivers for speakup are in desperate need of
>> rewriting, but noone with the expertise has come along to take up the
>> job.  Sorry about that, it's just the way things are.
>> Gene Collins
>> >Hi,
>> >
>> >Slightly off-thread, as I'm still looking for a good distro to install. 
>> >Are the days of hardware synths on serial ports over? My extra computer 
>> >has two serial ports, and I have a perfectly good DECtalk Express. I 
>> >don't need a GUI, I'm used to the Linux command line.
>> >Thanks,
>> >Jayson
>> >
>> >On 3/10/2014 11:28 PM, Kyle wrote:
>> >> You can try the TalkingArch live CD at
>> >>
>> >> It usually comes up at a decent volume, and will allow you to choose
>> >> which sound card or headset you want at boot time via a voice recording
>> >> and a beep. You can install packages on-the-fly, just like in most 
>> >> systems, so you can install the ftp package for one-time use as soon as
>> >> you get a prompt. You would install it like
>> >>
>> >> pacman -Sy <package>
>> >>
>> >> in this case. There is also the #talkingarch IRC channel on Freenode if
>> >> you need help in realtime. Hope this helps.
>> >> ~Kyle
>> >>
>> >
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