Setting Dectalk USB to Factory Defaults

Kenny Hitt kenny at
Sat Feb 12 19:30:59 EST 2005

Hi.  If you started Gnopernicus from the 
"desktop advanced settings accessibility"
menu, I suspect your problem is because Gnopernicus tried to initialize
a braille display on the serial port.  It will do this even if you are
already running Gnopernicus with braille disabled.  I've tried to file
a bug about this, but haven't managed to find a way to file a bug report
on the site.
I've also tried to file a report using bug-buddy with no luck.

Try changing the default synth to "none, turning of and back on the
DECtalk, and then returing to the DECtalk as the default synth.

To change default synths, you echo a string to /proc/speakup/synth_name.
For example, the following will switch thedefault synth to "none" and
back to the DECtalk.

echo none >/proc/speakup/synth_name
echo dectlk >/proc/speakup/synth_name

Hope this helps.

On Sat, Feb 12, 2005 at 01:58:38PM -0700, Beth Hatch wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have a very sick and ornery Dectalk USB which needs to be set back to its
> factory defaults.  About a month ago, I upgraded the unit to its latest
> firmware.  It has been functioning just fine until it stopped working while
> I was attempting  a Speakup Linux install on my Linux machine.  I don't know
> exactly what happened, but when a sighted colleague started Gnopernicus to
> help me fix a configuration problem, the Dectalk started throwing out all
> kinds of junk information and now it will no longer work with either my
> Windows or Linux machines.  To my knowledge, Gnopernicus doesn't even know
> how to talk with the Dectalk USB, but somehow I wonder if it's possible that
> it may look for something on the serial port thereby causing Dectalk to
> spazz out on me.....
>     I've tried upgrading the firmware again twice to no avail.  The Access
> Solutions web site and the dectalk USB documentation don't say anything
> about how to go back to factory defaults.
>     If anyone knows how to do this, I would greatly appreciate your
> assistance!!<smile>
> Thanks,
> Beth
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