software speech with GRML.

Glenn Ervin GlennErvin at
Mon Feb 26 23:41:53 EST 2007

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Smith" <bdsmith at>
To: <speakup at>
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 7:21 PM
Subject: software speech with GRML.

Ok, it seems that many of these software speech problems we're seeing
here ar arising from hardware incompatibility problems.  From the
funny instances of the death of the speech subsystem in AMD dual core
processors, to laptops that won't come up talking, it appears that
hardware is changing faster than the speech programs we rely on.
* Hello Doug,
I took my GRML CD to work, and tested it on my Del today, and it works 
So tonight, when I got home, I tried it in my Averatec 2300 again, and it 
still did not work.
I did:
grml swspeak
aumix -w 100
Then I did:
and still nothing.
I wish someone would make a PcExpress PCMCIA soundcard that has a speech 
chip in it.
Maybe this kind of soundcard would be the answer, but I don't know how 
expensive this new type of PCMCIA card is.
. . .
There are several possibilities for a solution to the non-talking
laptops we have read about on here tonight.

First of all, the person who wrote that there was nothing to be heard,
even though swspeak was apparently running, you might want to run
soundtest so that you can see if your sound system is even running.

Someone said that you use a usb synthesizer to boot GRML and it works.
If you aræ familiar enough with the GRML system, poke around with
something like asoundconf and try to mess around with the user's
library settings for ALSA.  It would have been great if OSS had
remained the standard for sound.  It worked so much better on some
laptop sound hardware.
Now, to whoever wrote about the sighted assistance.  If there are any
failure messages, I need them.  I need to know what's going on when
your speech fails to come up.

We'll keep working on it.

I use grml (

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