Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 Koala positive feetback related toaccessibility and speech responsiveness

Bill Cox waywardgeek at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 15:21:13 GMT 2009

Hi, Storm.  Once again, you totally rock!  I did in fact forget to change
pulse to alsa in speechd.conf (D'oh!).  I'll edit the Orca/Karmic wiki page
and add this step.  Now key echo is working well, and I'm having currently
no problems in Karmic with Orca using voxin with speech-dispatcher/alsa.
I'm basically a happy camper at the moment.

I'm still having trouble getting the volume control to show up in the gnome
panel.  I delete .pulse and .pulse-cookie, but some process keeps recreating
them!  Do you also know the solution to this?

Thanks, Bill.

On Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM, Storm Dragon <stormdragon2976 at gmail.com>wrote:

>  Hi,
> I was having the same problems with pulseaudio. The pauses every few wordes
> were quite interesting. Removing pulse solved sound problems for more than
> just orca though. I am still using speech-dispatcher with no problems. Did
> you remember to run spd-conf and set it to use alsa instead of pulse?  I am
> using 64 bit Karmik.
> --
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>   On Mon, 2009-11-02 at 08:57 -0500, Bill Cox wrote:
> I'm very glad to hear about positive experiences so far with Karmic.
> I installed the x64 version yesterday on my laptop (Dell Inspiron
> 9400).  Orca did work out-of-the-box, which is nice.  If blind users
> absolutely must do a few things on linux, Karmic can do the job.
> However, I found there to be a delay due to pulseaudio of about 1/2
> second, making key and word echo useless.  The delay is so bad, I
> don't see how I could use Karmic with Orca full-time.  I installed
> voxin as well (far nicer than espeak, IMO), and had two additional
> problems, besides the delay.  When using speech-dispatcher, speech
> would pause every few seconds for about half a second, which is
> seriously annoying.  When using Gnome Speech Services, instead of
> pausing, it simply stops speaking, so it is very tedious to listen to
> an entire document.  I suspect both problems are related to the delay
> in pulseaudio.
> With the virtual machine install, I was able to get Orca working well
> by uninstalling pulseaudio, as described here:
>     http://live.gnome.org/Orca/UbuntuKarmic
> However, when installed on my laptop, removing pulseaudio caused
> speech-dispatcher to hang, with 100% CPU utilization.  So, for now, I
> have no suitable Karmic-based Orca solution.  Are other people seeing
> the delay problem?  Is it only with the x64 version?  Are you using
> Karmic/Orca as your main machine, or just playing around a bit?
> Thanks,
> Bill
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