GRML difficulties

Glenn Ervin GlennErvin at
Sun Feb 25 14:22:13 EST 2007

Hello Doug and All,
I booted to GRML, and all went well, except that it seems that GRML could 
not detect my sound card on my laptop.
I had some sighted assistance come in, and I found that SwSpeak was running, 
and when I ran aumix -w 100, it did not make any difference.
I ran plain aumix and the settings came up, and again, with sighted 
assistance, I still could not hear anything, which gave me the confirmation 
that GRML must not have detected my sound card.
Is there a distro that will run from a CD, which is more forgiving of 
various soundcards?
BTW, I have a laptop which is an Averatec 2300 using a Realtek High 
Definition Audio sound card.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Smith" <bdsmith at>
To: <speakup at>
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2007 6:16 PM
Subject: Re: Speakup Digest, Vol 41, Issue 47

Ok, I will try to address two or three questions at one time.  I
accidentally set this subscription up the wrong way so that I get the
digest form of all the mails from the list, so I will have to change
it in a few minutes.

Now, the question about the software speech.  GRML comes with eflite
and flite.  It works with speakup, and here's how you do it.

You might need some sighted assistance, the first time, but I don't
think you will if you can hear the drive spin.

first step: put the disk in and start the machine.  The drive will
spin for a short time, then stop.
Second step: When the drive finishes its first short spin, you need to
grml swspeak
You need to be sure that you spell it right, or you will end up having
to reboot in order to try over.
third step: Listen for the sound to come up.  It will not be loud,
because GRML only brings up the mixer setting for the alsa pcm device
to 75%.  You will year the words:
finished activating software speakup, just run swspeak when booting
You will know that you are successfully into the speech interface when
this happens.  fourth step: When the boot sequence is almost finished,
you will hear the words:

finished booting

Now, enter swspeak and wait a while to see if you can hear the system
come up talking.  You will need to do this:
fifth step: enter this:

aumix -w 100

This will bring the sound all the way up.

Now, if all went well, you should be ready to do something with it.

More information about the Speakup mailing list