Another newbie

Jack Daniels Labitup at
Sun Nov 25 07:33:31 EST 2001

Thanks Greg.


At 05:44 PM 11/24/01 -0600, you wrote:
>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
>> 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
>> >
>> >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
>> >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.
>> >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
>> >still come up talking. If it does, you can certainly look around
>> >and you can begin to contemplate getting a native kernel with speakup
>> >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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