Speakup Digest, Vol 173, Issue 9

Zachary Kline zkline at speedpost.net
Sun Feb 18 23:57:44 EST 2018


Are you connecting your Dectalk Express to a physical serial port from the motherboard, or are you trying to use some kind of USB to serial adaptor or other gadget? If the latter, you will most definitely need a kernel upgrade. Are you able to send txt to the synthesizer by echoing it to /dev/ttyS0? 

> On Feb 19, 2018, at 1:57 AM, Rudy Vener <salt at panix.com> wrote:
> Chime,     Paul, Zack
> Thanks for your help.
> I did try the speakup_dectlk module with the same result.
> I'll investigate paul's instruction page.
> Chime, my Dectalk     doesn't have a switch. It is only RS-232 via  its serial cable.
> Zack, if I have to, I'll investigate a kernal upgrade. But
> I  hope   it won't come to that. I've never done one before.
> Thanks again.
> Rudy
> On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 12:00:02PM -0500, speakup-request at linux-speakup.org wrote:
>> From: Chime Hart <chime at hubert-humphrey.com>
>> Subject: Re: cannot load speakup_decext   module
>> Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII; format=flowed
>> Well Rudy: Yes it seems we are both useing the same DecTalk, but for now you 
>> must flip the switch to rs232 mode. In Ubuntu text mode it came up talking, but 
>> we had trouble in Debian9. Sorry I know little about these drivers. For many 
>> years since I got this unit in 2004 or so, the pitch, rate, and volume drop 
>> suddenly while I am arrowing around while reviewing the screen. I must then go 
>> through the controll-pannel and ajust these 3 setting up-and-down by 1 click, 
>> they are normal again, but its really easy sometimes twice in 30seconds to have 
>> these values drop. But when I examine what each value is set to, they are 
>> correct, even though changes have happened. Anyway, hope that helps some
>> Chime
>> ------------------------------
>> Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:42:33 -0500
>> From: Paul Loba <pltechmail at gmail.com>
>> Subject: Re: cannot load speakup_decext module
>> 	<CAKrfcO17YpzcY7Y_W9eHu8Q+NsuZJ6Svt77g2fNBdAceBqxhLw at mail.gmail.com>
>> Hi,
>> This link helped me to setup successfully my Apollo II synth:
>> https://raw.githubusercontent.com/bytefire/speakup-decext/master/decext-instructions.txt
>> Best,
>> Pawel
>> From: Zachary Kline <zkline at speedpost.net>
>> Subject: Re: cannot load speakup_decext   module
>> Rudy,
>> As I said, you need the speakup_dectlk module. The Dectalk Express is an exclusively serial device. The internal board you???re thinking of was called the Dectalk PC, and uses an entirely unrelated Speakup driver.
>> You might also want to look into upgrading your kernel, as there was apparently some problem with serial polling which was resolved in the later builds.
>> Best,
>> Zack.
>> ***************************************
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