calling all dectalk users

Karen Lewellen klewellen at
Thu May 14 17:37:47 EDT 2020

My goodness how complicated.
I wonder how Linux users discover all these steps, if not on this list?
Out of curiosity, the install would not find a dectalk connected via USB 
why exactly?

On Thu, 14 May 2020, Gregory Nowak wrote:

> You can also start with a dectalk by default in debian and most if not
> all derivatives. At, follow the get debian
> link. Probably the smallest image with speakup is the netinst iso
> image. Grab that, and burn it to a CD, or write it out to a USB drive
> using dd. More info on this process is in debian's documentation
> section.
> Then boot your PC from either CD, or your uSB disk, depending on which
> you created above. Once you hear a beep from your PC speaker, press
> tab, space, and type speakup.synth=dectlk and press enter.
> This assumes your dectalk is connected to your first serial port. You
> should then hear your dectalk asking you to select a language for the
> installation.
> Since you probably don't plan to install debian, (though you are
> welcome to of course) press alt+right arrow, followed by enter.
> You should now be at a command prompt, and able to echo commands to
> /sys/accessibility/speakup/synth_direct, and see what your dectalk
> sounds like. Hope that helps.
> Greg
> On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 10:24:37AM -0400, Karen Lewellen wrote:
>> Well, I have a dectalk, but cannot install Linux or speakup  because the
>>  Dectalk is not a default voice option.
>> Just sharing in case you hear from no one else.
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