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Hammer Attila hammera at
Tue Jun 3 06:58:36 BST 2008

Dear List!

Justin, I have same problem my hardy, I solved this problem these steps:
My sound card is a Creative Audigy2 sound card.
1. Turn off softvare mixing function with sound preferences:
gconftool-2 -s -t bool /desktop/gnome/sound/enable_esd false
2. Setting up musicaudiosink with alsasink:
gconftool-2 -s -t string 
/desktop/gnome/system/gstreamer/0.10/musicaudiosink alsasink
3. Following this instruction with Orca homepage:
Quoted section:
"Hotly debated issue, It is not Orca's fault that it is set up like 
this, so the fix should be done elsewhere, but if you don't care about 
the politics and
simply want it to work then:

sudo apt-get install alsa-oss

now change directory:

cd /usr/lib/bonobo/servers/

now edit using your favorite editor: If you are using Espeak then modify:


and if you are using Festival:


replace "festival" for "espeak" if you wish to modify the festival 
synthesizer. On the third line of the file you will see (remember to use 
dashes instead
of underscores):

                 type="exe" location="/usr/bin/espeak-synthesis-driver"

replace this with:

                 type="exe" location="/usr/bin/aoss 

Note that if the alsa-oss package is not installed then you will have a 
broken system and wont have any speech output, so make sure it is 

save the file, and restart Orca, now you can use mplayer and suchlike to 
output sound alongside Orca."

After this modifications, my Orca speech for example with eight hour 
work, not lose speech.

Hope this helps,


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