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Re: Request for help on braille and speech on virtual console


You need to enter the BRLTTY Preferences Menu and enable contracted braille.

Details vary, but if your display has a braille keyboard, use dots
1-2-3-4 with space bar to enter the Preferences Menu, then cursor
routing keys to make selections.


On Thu, Mar 24, 2022 at 6:06 PM D.J.J. Ring, Jr. <n1ea@arrl.net> wrote:
Hello Jim,

Welcome to Debian!

You're among friends!

Just a few questions to make sure we're all on the same place in figuring out what's going on with your Debian.

1) Did you install using the Live Debian or the Installer version of Debian?  As far as I know, the Installer version of Debian is the one that installs console accessibility.  Maybe someone on the list can correct me as I've always used that version because it installs using text mode and I know right away if I can hear the console speech.

I suggest that people especially those using old hardware that might still be non 64 bit hardware using the multi-arch with firmware iso that's located here: 

So many of us these days are using laptops with proprietary hardware for the Internet and video that isn't in the regular Debian iso.  This iso above will install on an old 32 bit computer or a modern 64 bit computer.

The latest version is here: https://cdimage.debian.org/images/unofficial/non-free/images-including-firmware/11.2.0+nonfree/multi-arch/iso-cd/firmware-11.2.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso

The sha256sum for that file is here: https://cdimage.debian.org/images/unofficial/non-free/images-including-firmware/11.2.0+nonfree/multi-arch/iso-cd/SHA256SUMS you can use that to verify that your download is accurate, if you don't want to or don't know how, don't worry about it, I think in 20 years I have only had one bad download so things on the Internet are very good.

Test the console speech with this command:

spd-say "hello" 

Do you hear anything?

If not, give this command so we can see what speech related files you have installed on your system:

As your regular user give this command:

apt search speech | grep installed > speechfiles.txt

Send us the speechfiles.txt which this command produced in your home folder.

Best wishes,

David Ring

On Tue, Mar 22, 2022 at 12:09 PM Jim Armantage <jarmantage@icloud.com> wrote:
I am blind and have just loaded debian 11 on one of my machines.
I am having trouble with speech and braille on a virtual console.
The braille is active. I am having trouble getting contracted braille running.
It seems to be stuck on computer braille.
Could you help me get contracted. braille up and running.
Also there is not speech on the virtual console.
I need help getting the speech running.
Sorry, but I am new to Debian.

Sent from my iPad

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