speakup on fedora?

Roy Nickelson roylee at visuallink.com
Tue May 18 03:49:04 UTC 2004

you need to press alt + control +f2 use the alt and control on the left of the spacebar. 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: hank 
  To: Linux for blind general discussion 
  Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 11:44 PM
  Subject: speakup on fedora?

  how do I get speak up speaking when fedora boots?
  it isn't speaking at all
  and the directions don't work on setting that up
  Creating an INITRD

  Follow these steps to create an initial ram disk image for your installation. This is how we make Speakup speak while your computer boots now that Speakup
  is modular. Of course, if we were smarter people, we would have modified the installation scripts to do this for you automatically based on the Speakup
  synthesizer keyword you provided back when you first started the installation.. But, ... well let's not go there!
  List of 5 items
  1. Switch to the second console by holding down the Alt key and pressing theF2 key. When you release these you'll find that you're at a # prompt.
  2. Change to the directory that contains your new installation by typing:
  cd /mnt/sysimage
  3. Now, restrict your view to your installation by typing the following command. Notice that your prompt changes when you do this.
  chroot .
  4. Next, change directory one more time by typing:
  cd /lib/modules
  5. Now, make a new initrd with Speakup by issuing the following command. Where wis command has {TAB} you should press the TAB key. Don't actually type {TAB}!
  And, where we have {synth.keyword}, replace this text with the correct sSpeakup word for your speech synthesizer.
  /sbin/mkinitrd -v -f /boot/initrd-{tab} --with=speakup_{synth.keyword} {TAB}
  list end

  Here's an example of how this command looks for the Accent SA speech synthesizer and the 2.4.22-2c.nptlspk2 Speakup Modified Fedora Linux kernel:
  List of 1 items
  . /sbin/mkinitrd -v -f /boot/initrd-2.4.22-2c.nptlspk2.img --with=speakup_acntsa 2.4.22-2c.nptlspk2
  list end

  Use your Speakup screen review commands to read up the screen when this command completes. If you see references to your speech synthesizer, you've correctly
  completed this critical step in your installation process.

  Notice, also, how we used the TAB key to fill out that long and complicated Linux kernel designation for us. Not only do we save some typing by using TAB.
  We also avoid critical errors. Remember this trick. You can use it almost everywhere in Linux when issuing commands and when specifying files. It's a very
  handy feature that you'll never outgrow.

  Killing First Boot To Insure Speakup Speaks

  There is one more very critical step to perform before you boot your installation. Be sure you are still in the restricted view obtained by the first three
  steps of the previous command when you issue this last, very critical command:
  List of 1 items
  . /sbin/chkconfig --level 2345 firstboot off
  list end

  If you fail to do this step you will find that Speakup suddenly stops speaking just when it seems you've finished booting your new installation of Linux.
  That's because of the graphical (and inaccessible) FirstBoot program Red Hat provides to help users define some important configuration settings, such
  as creating users and identifying how this computer connects to the Internet. Unfortunately, FirstBoot launches before any consoles launch, so there is
  absolutely nothing you can do as a blind user once FirstBoot is running either to work with FirstBoot or to get out of it.

  I couldn't even get that portion to work
  is there a easier way to fix this?
  I all ready bootted the system
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