Speakup and VMWare

Gregory Nowak greg at romuald.net.eu.org
Sat Feb 17 14:21:42 EST 2007

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Have you tried /dev/synth instead?

Also, could you please consider writing up a howto of some sort
describing what you did to get to where you are at now running winxp
under VMPlayer? I for one would be interested in seeing what the
procedure is like, and I probably am not the only one.


On Sat, Feb 17, 2007 at 05:58:31PM +0000, Monty Lilburn wrote:
> Hello All,
> I am running Windows XP via VMPlayer on top of a Debian distro with 
> Speakup compiled into a 2.6.18 kernel.  (straight in, not as modules)  I 
> am using Speakup with a Dectalk Express attached to /dev/ttyS0.
> What I would like to do is get the Window-Eyes running on the Windows XP 
> working with the dectalk express.
> Since Speakup completely takes over and locks /dev/ttyS0,
> I successfully managed to set up a virtual serial port on the virtual 
> machine that pointed to /proc/speakup/synth_direct  on the host machine 
> (Debian running Speakup)  I thought for a moment that by doing this I 
> could then get Window-Eyes to use the Dectalk Express.  Unfortunately this 
> didn't really work.  Setting Window-Eyes to use any serial hardware synth 
> other than the Dectalk Express  does result in speech mixed with synth 
> codes being spoken by the Dectalk.  When I  set Windo-Eyes to use the 
> Dectalk Express, no speech at all happens.  I'm guessing this may have to 
> do with flow-control or some setting that I would need to play with to get 
> working.
> The other reason this method won't work now that I think about it is 
> because the synth_direct device is defaulted to only be writable which 
> implies to me that it isn't readable and there for things like indexing 
> won't work.
> Does anyone know of a better way to achieve my objective of being able to 
> fully access the serial port  attached to the Dectalk express?  Is there a 
> speakup device or work around that will allow this to happen?
> Thanks in advance,
>    Monty
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