Orca does not speak

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at panix.com
Sat Aug 6 01:56:51 UTC 2016

Very probably a pulseaudio problem.  Another list I read had a person 
downgrade pulseaudio and all associated utilities and that's how he got 
orca working again.  That was on the sonargnulinux e-mail list too.

On Fri, 5 Aug 2016, Glenn / Lenny wrote:

> Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2016 21:33:51
> From: Glenn / Lenny <gervin at cableone.net>
> To: ubuntu-accessibility at lists.ubuntu.com
> Subject: Orca does not speak
> Hi,
> I am using Ubuntu 16.04 64 on an Intel NUC PPYH with 8GB of RAM.
> I have run Ubuntu on this 15.1064 bit  already, so this should work.
> I ran Orca on start up, and set up the voice like I usually do, but on okaying it, Orca shuts down, it says:
> screenreader off
> So I log out, and get the bongo sound, and bring up Orca in the log in window, and Orca stays on.
> This is a live version on an SD card with a persistent file.
> I have noticed, that when I log out, before the bongo sound, Orca says:
> screenreader off
> Then Orca comes on again for the log in window, and stays on.
> When I log back in, there is no speech.
> But that would indicate that Orca is working, but silent.
> Is there a way I can make Orca louder?
> If I do:
> control + alt + T
> and then type:
> sudo speaker-test -c 2
> I get the speaker test
> and I end it with control + C
> So I know that my system is not muted and the volume is okay when I log in.
> I wonder if there is a problem with eSpeak?
> One difference I did between the speech settings in the log in window, and when I was in the desktop, was that I selected U.S. English in the synth list, instead of the standard English, which I left alone for the log-in window.
> Could this be a problem for eSpeak?
> If I need to change that back, can someone send me the number of tabs to get to the voice selection list?
> Or is there a command to setting Orca to its defaults?
> I sent this problem to the Orca list, but have heard nothing there.
> Thanks for any help.

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