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RE: Making the access floppy work.

Ok all... I have fixed the particular problem with getting the speakup
kernel and dectalk to work.  You do need to include a boot parameter as

linux speakup_synth=dectlk

The dectlk refers to the dectalk express, so you use whatever synth name
applies to you (e.g. dtk for the double-talk).  This info is found on
the speakup pages but is also refered to in the speakup tutorial at:

I recommend that the developers responsible for the access boot floppies
provide some information on how they should be used and what advantages
they have for blind users.  i.e. a simple text file or a short howto
explaining how to get the speakup kernel to run etc. and whatever else
the access floppies do.  There is currently no references to speakup
boot parameters in any docs on these floppies.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mirabella, Mathew J 
Sent: Tuesday, 7 December 2004 8:53 AM
To: debian-accessibility list
Subject: RE: Making the access floppy work.

Ok this makes sense.  However, when I boot with the boot floppy... I get
no speech (even after inserting the root floppy when the system asks for
it).  I have the dectalk express connected to the serial port and have
it turned on.  I would like to know what I should do to get this to
work.  Either this is a special boot parameter or something else???

-----Original Message-----
From: Andor Demarteau [mailto:andor@nl.linux.org] 
Sent: Monday, 6 December 2004 6:45 PM
To: Mirabella, Mathew J
Cc: debian-accessibility list
Subject: Re: Making the access floppy work.

the floppies use a speakup-kernel, I'm not sure if you need a special
boot-var as is used for brltty.

No their are no cd-images as of yet with access-support.
I made one myself but only with brltty.

You need to build a custrom-kernel to get that support on a cd.

On Mon, 6 Dec 2004, Mirabella, Mathew J wrote:

 > Hi all.
 > I have built floppies from the images labelled as access (for the
 > and would like to use these to access the new sarge installation
 > with speech.  Do these floppies have speakup kernels?  I have a
 > expressed connected to the serial port, but I am unable to get this
 > work on booting from the boot floppy.  Is there a special boot
 > that needs to be used to invoke speakup?
 > These are 2.4 kernels, but I will want to build and use a 2.6 kernel.
 > To make this process easier, are there any "access" cd images
 > with kernel 2.6 as in versions of the net inst cd image?
 > Thanks for any help.
 > Mat.

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