speakup & fDisk

Glenn Ervin glennervin at cableone.net
Wed Dec 4 20:57:12 EST 2002

I have 2 concerns going on here.
I have reached the point where I have to select a tool for disk
partitioning, and I felt that fDisk was the best choice, since I did not
complete the fDisk in DOS , on the drive I am preparing to devote entirely
to Linux.
And I am fairly comfortable with disk partitioning, as I have done it
successfully several times with the other OS.
But before I get to the problem with fDisk, I have some problem with speakup
which I know should not be there.
I noticed that as I move around the screen with tabs, I always get 2 or 3
items read to me.
I have figured out that the last item is usually the item selected, but this
is quite difficult, especially when I need to be careful to not format my
/dev/hda1 drive.
The 8 key on the number pad either says nothing or the incorrect item.  And
I have tried using the numpad enter key to shift the focus, and it does not
But when I ran the incorrect boot disk, not the one from my ISO, I did not
get this double speaking problem, but I cannot use the wrong boot disk, as I
eventually get an error with the wrong disk.
* So I guess my question is: How do I get fDisk to know I want to format
/dev/hdb?, as /dev/hda1 seems to be the only option.
And is there a way to effect the verbosity of speakup so it does not give me
this double talk?

"Live long and prosper",
O. Glenn Ervin (Lenny)
Northeast Nebraska
glennervin at cableone.net
The above address can also be found on MSM.
or my work e-mail:
gErvin at ncbvi.state.ne.us

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