Another newbie

Gregory Nowak gnowak1 at
Sat Nov 24 18:44:01 EST 2001

All that will happen will be that you'll have no speech.

On Sat, Nov 24, 2001 at 06:10:29PM -0500, Jack Daniels wrote:
> Thanks Janina, I have saved the info, but think I will read up more on
> Linux patching and kernal compiling, and hope learn enough to feel
> confident to compile my first kernal, and  add Speakup so it can be
> selected and booted from the hard disk.  I was looking for a quick and easy
> way to get Speakup talking, and then read more later.
> I guess I will need to put in the effort up front, and learn about this
> topic and work it out. It was suggested that I first try compiling a kernal
> to make sure everything works correctly, then try it with Speakup after
> that.   
> BTW, what happens if Speakup doesn't find a synthesizer connected when it
> tries to load?  I may not have the DEC Express connected each and every time.
> Thanks for your reply.
> Jack
> At 11:01 AM 11/24/01 -0500, you wrote:
> >On Sat, 24 Nov 2001, Jack Daniels wrote:
> >
> >> >> I have a very small PC installed with
> >> >> Redhat 7.1, kernal 2.4.2-12 running on a P133 with no CDROM.
> >> >> What I want to be able to do is to insert a floppy with Speakup and any
> >> >> necessary boot files and have Linux  come up talking.  Is this possible?
> >
> >It seems to me you could get this working with the standard installation 
> >floppy that one would create using boot.img. There are such on the speakup 
> >website and they already have speakup built into them. You need two files 
> >from the speakup site to test this: the appropriate boot.img and 
> >rawrite.exe.
> >
> >1.)	rawrite.exe is a DOS executable for creating floppy disks from 
> >image files like boot.img. Shutdown your Windows to MS-DOS before using 
> >rawrite for best, most reliable results;
> >
> >2.) Get boot.img via anonymous ftp from:
> >
> >
> >Regretably, the rawrite.exe isn't there, and perhaps that's an oversight. 
> >Bill, are you listening? If you decide to try my suggestion, perhaps 
> >someone can point you to a download location closer to home, but you can 
> >certainly get it from It'll be in a dos_utils directory. There 
> >should be no problem using 7.2 disks on your 7.1 system, by the way;
> >
> >3.)	You need to be careful about your speech synthesizer while using 
> >rawrite. Generally, it's a good idea to kill speech while rawrite is 
> >creating your floppy. So, as you hit enter on the last rawrite prompt, 
> >which is the third prompt it gives you, be ready to kill your speech 
> >immediately;
> >
> >54.)	If nothing went wrong in the rawrite floppy you'll have a bootable 
> >floppy that you can try on your linux system. As you boot, monitor the 
> >floppy disk for activity. If your system beeps as it begins to load the 
> >OS, that will help. There will be a brief amount of floppy disk activity 
> >at this point and then the disk stops. You're at a boot> prompt which 
> >doesn't talk (though it could, see below); At this point type:
> >
> >	linux -s speakup_synth=dectlk speakup_ser=1
> >
> >I believe that even with the mismatch in installation versions this should 
> >still come up talking. If it does, you can certainly look around natively, 
> >and you can begin to contemplate getting a native kernel with speakup onto 
> >your system. But, that's a topic for another day.
> >
> >Certainly, there will be a good number of things that won't work because 
> >of the kernel mismatches. But, you should have enough to get started with.
> >
> >PS: The boot> prompt can be made to speak to any serial device with an 
> >appropriate lin in the sysconfig file on the floppy:
> >
> >serial=1,9600N8
> >	
> >would be the appropriate lin in this instance, and you could certainly 
> >insert this line using a DOS text editor. It goes just above the first 
> >"label" statement.
> >
> >
> >
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