Older Computers and New Speech Engines
martinfc at rogers.com
Thu Dec 11 14:36:03 UTC 2008
Have you had someone verify for you that Orka is indeed being loaded after
the successful boot up?
Do you have a USB sound device kicking around? Maybe it could detect that.
> Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 08:21:48 -0600
> From: Martin McCormick <martin at dc.cis.okstate.edu>
> To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com>
> ReplyTo: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com>
> Subject: Older Computers and New Speech Engines
> Over the last several days, I have tried the ubuntu Live
> CD, the alternate ubuntu CD, ubuntu-server 32-bit version and a totally
> different distribution called grml.
> All were tested on a Dell laptop that is about 6 years
> old but ran Windows XP before. It is pretty powerful in that it is a
> 1-gig processor with 256 megs of RAM and the sound card
> does definitely work.
> So far, the only distributionthat ever worked with
> speech was the last oralux image. An old GRML which is
> speakup-based showed promise until I actually started to install it at
> which time that spelling bug due to kernel contingencies took over which
> ruled that out as far as I am concerned.
> The oralux distribution talks well until you connect a
> serial port to something and then it's that spelling thing
> again, probably due to the interrupts that occur as each serial
> character arrives. Again, not acceptable. It is also
> After listening to the very useful ubuntu demo on
> blindcooltech, I tried the minimum start with speech which is to wait
> until the disk slows down, Hit F5, 3, Enter, Enter.
> There is sound which, according to the demo, occurs when
> you log in and a longer chord which reminds me kind of of a Mac booting
> up that you hear when orca starts. After that, utter
> The latest GRML is also mute. The cheatcodes.txt file in
> the grml directory on that CD tells you to type
> grml swspeak=speechd
> Again, dead silence after the booting completes.
> Is it just me or do these newer engines not run on Dell
> computers from around 2000? Actually, as I think of it, one of those
> desktops is a Gateway.
> I have tried 1 laptop and a couple of desktops that
> already run Debian Linux and sound and do so quite well.
> I figure if I get one of these to talk properly, I can
> get away from the old DOS, external synth and kermit method.
> That works even on old 8086 systems, but some of that stuff
> could vote and by beer now.
> I am not afraid to build kernels and hack (positively),
> but it's kind of hard to do that with no way in to a system one is
> working on.
> Any ideas? Yes, I know I could buy all new computers.
> These I have access to are what we might call middle-aged, not ready for
> the recycling center yet.
> Martin McCormick
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