GRML with SpeakUp

Glenn glennervin at
Fri Jun 17 19:27:29 EDT 2016

Okay, this time it worked with the second enter, but it is like a choppy and 
very slow sound, quite unintelligible.
It is really quite bad, and I am used to espeak and even setting the speed 
around 70, so you may know that there is something wrong here and it's not 
I have the GRML 96 version, and it is running on an Intel NUC, with 8 GB of 
I burned it to an SD card.
The speech is so bad, that I cannot make any modifications unless it is a 
basic CLI command.
Thanks for any more info.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gregory Nowak" <greg at>
To: <speakup at>
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016 5:59 PM
Subject: Re: GRML with SpeakUp

Since the method on starting software speech in grml has changed, and
since I have no clue what old post you're following, I'll describe the
process from the start.

1. Boot from your grml media.

2. You should hear a single beep, this is the boot menu, press enter.

3. After some time depending on the media you're booting from, you
   should hear a series of beeps, which you described as
   annoying. This is a configuration menu, just press enter to leave

4. You should now be at a root prompt. Here you can type:

modprobe speakup_soft

If all went well, you should now get speech. Sometimes I don't get
speech when doing this. If that happens, pressing the enter key starts
things talking for me. Good luck.


On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 05:41:37PM -0500, Glenn wrote:
> Hi,
> I found an old post to this list which I kept, on starting SpeakUp in 
> I have tried it with both sudo and without.
> I ran
> modprobe speakup_soft
> then I ran
> espeakup
> And I get no speech.
> There are some rather loud and obnoxious beeps when it starts, but I 
> followed another suggestion to try:
> alsamixer
> and up arrow a bunch of times, and that did not help either.
> I did:
> speaker-test -c 2
> and I do get sound out of the speakers.
> Any other ideas?
> Thanks much.
> Glenn
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