Speakup Digest, Vol 41, Issue 47
Albert E. Sten-Clanton
albert.e.sten_clanton at verizon.net
Mon Feb 26 11:19:36 EST 2007
I've tried repeatedly to use swspeak, but so far have failed. My speakers apparently are connected, and their volume high enough that I should hear them if they're getting anything. Under Fedora, Kudzu seems to find my sound card, though it, too, seems unable to give me software speech output when I try to run Emacspeak. How would I determine whether the grml CD also finds it? (Ordinarily, I boot that up with my tripletalk usb.)
Any other directions in which you can point me for possible answers? I once did have software speech (damned lousy though it was), since I used Debian 3.0, I think, for a few months. I therefore doubt it's a bad card, and figure I must be missing something.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Doug Smith" <bdsmith at oralux.org>
To: <speakup at braille.uwo.ca>
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2007 7:16 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.
> Well, question 1: the machines I tried the GRML disk on to see if they
> would boot. The first one, a machine on display at a local Circuit
> City store, was, indeed, an HP. It booted, then came the funny failure
> message about the 128 samples. Someone on here said he tried to boot
> ubuntu in an hp machine with an amd 64 X 2 dual core and it didn't
> even boot. Well, that should solve that question. The second
> machine, one on display at Sam's Club, might have been an HP, but I
> didn't look on the side of the casing to see if the raised letters hp
> were there, so I do not know. It might have been, but the message was
> the same.
> 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.
> Now, I haven't gotten that far in reading the digest yet, but there
> was something on there about connecting to the net using GRML. You
> can do it with w3m. It takes quite a bit of space to explain how to
> do it exactly, but I will be more than happy to work with you.
> Hope this helps.
> I use grml (http://grml.org/)
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