[access-uk] Re: Cables for the old keynote SA?
- From: orhan deniz <orhan.deniz63@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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- Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 18:32:52 -0000
ibby, i have used a brailenote as a keynote SA with jaws, and for that unit, i used a normal 9 pin serial adapter. one end has to be male to plug in to your BrailleNote, and the other end depends on the PC itself.
i know you're not using a braillenote for this, but i thaught this may be helpfull to you an other listers. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ibby Karbhari" <ibbyk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2008 1:20 PM Subject: [access-uk] Re: Cables for the old keynote SA?
Hi Doris, Many thanks will try it out. Kindest Regards, Ibby Karbhari • Phone: 020 7193 8755 • Mobile: 07017 41 41 41• If you have Skype installed on your Pc You can also talk with me on Skypeby clicking on my username IbbyKar E-Mail: ibbyk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Web Site Visit: http://www.moving-mountains.com -----Original Message-----From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf OfChris & Doris Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2008 12:07 PM To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [access-uk] Re: Cables for the old keynote SA? For all I know this is a regular serial cable. I think we are using a standard 9-pin serial cable on mine if I am not mistaken. however, using the wrong kind of serial cable will not harm the unit but just not work. Find the text of the Keynote SA Manual below. hth Doris Keynote SA Manual: KEYNOTE GOLD SA SPEECH SYNTHESIZER THE KEYNOTE GOLD S A SYNTHESIZER. CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. Description 3. Power Supply 4. Computer Connection 5. The Touch Tablet 6. Aicom Emulation 7. Specifications COPYRIGHT NOTICE All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express written permission of Pulse Data International Limited. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this manual is correct at the time of issue. Neither Pulse Data International Limited nor its agents assume responsibility for errors or omissions in this information. No liability is assumed for damages resulting from the use of this information. Copyright (c) 1994 by Pulse Data International Limited, Christchurch, New Zealand. Text-to-Speech Copyright (c) 1990,1991,1992,1993,1994 by Berkeley Speech Technologies, Berkeley, California, USA. THE KEYNOTE GOLD S A SYNTHESIZER. 1. INTRODUCTION. This chapter describes the Keynote GOLD S A Speech Synthesizer and its connection to your computer. The Keynote GOLD S A is a small, portable, stand alone speech synthesizer. It provides high quality speech from an integral speaker, and includes a headphone jack for personal listening. The Keynote GOLD S A can be used with Pulse Data International software, such as MasterTouch, a screen access program; KeySoft, a talking personal information program; and SoundProof, a reading reinforcement package. It may also be used with the IBM Screen Reader. 2. DESCRIPTION. To familiarize yourself with the S A, place it on a flat surface. The shorter side with three connectors should be away from you. This is the back. The top face has one set of loudspeaker slots towards its rear, while the bottom has two sets of slots. You should take note of the following 6 features. The On Off Switch is the only control on the right hand side, about half way along. This is a rocker switch. Press the side towards you to turn on, and the S A will say "Keynote Gold". Press the side away from you to turn off. The Volume control is on the front, towards the left. Use your thumb to move the control to the right for increased volume, or to the left for less. The Headphone Socket is also on the front, towards the right. Your headphones should be equipped with a 3.5 millimeter stereo jack plug. If you plug into this socket, the loudspeaker will be cut out, allowing you to listen to the headphones without disturbing other people. The Power Connector is on the rear face, to your right. The A.C adapter should be plugged in here. Since the S A contains its own battery, the A.C adapter need not always be used. Battery charging is covered in Section 1.3. The Computer Connector is on the rear face, at the center. This is a nine pin, female, miniature D socket. The interface cable should be connected between this connector and the serial port on the computer. The Tablet Connector is on the rear face, to your left. If you are using a Master Touch tablet, it would be plugged in here. 3. POWER SUPPLY. The S A can be operated from A.C power, or from its own internal rechargeable battery. If the unit is not often moved, it may be used on A.C power continuously. Locate the small round connector on the A.C adapter, and insert it into the power connector at the right rear of the S A. Plug the adapter into a wall socket and switch on. The S A should say, "A.C adapter On", at this point or when it is turned on, to indicate that the A.C adapter is connected and powered. If the A.C adapter is not correctly connected, or the A.C is switched off, you will hear, "A.C adapter Off", when you turn on the synthesizer. The S A may also be used with the A.C adapter switched off or disconnected. If the battery is fully charged, then an operating time between 6 and 12 hours may be expected. As the S A saves power automatically when it is silent, battery life will depend on how much time is spent speaking. The battery may be charged by the A.C adapter while the S A is switched on or off. You should allow 14 hours for a full charge, although charging for longer will cause no harm. If you are relying on the battery for portable operation, you should cycle the battery occasionally to maintain its capacity. About once a month, turn the A.C adapter off and leave the S A switched on until it announces, "Charge battery". At this stage the battery will be fully discharged. Now connect the A.C adapter and charge for at least 14 hours. If the S A has not been used for some time, the battery may be completely flat. This can temporarily prevent operation, even with the A.C adapter connected. If the unit does not say, "Keynote Gold", when it is turned on, then switch it off and allow the battery to charge from the A.C adapter for a few minutes, and then try again. 4. COMPUTER CONNECTION. An interface cable is provided with your Keynote Gold S A. Select the connector which has pins, and plug it into the connector at the center rear of the S A. This connector is not symmetrical, so if it does not engage, try it the other way up. Fasten the connector securely with the two locking screws. The other end of the cable goes to your computer's serial port, which may have a 9 or a 25 pin connector. In either case you will be supplied with the appropriate cable. If your computer has two serial ports, you may connect the synthesizer to either one. Switch on the S A, and you are ready to install and run your speech software. 5. THE TOUCH TABLET. If you want to use the touch tablet, switch off the S A before plugging in. Locate the telephone-style connector on the end of the tablet cable. This has a small catch on its lower side, which clicks into the connector at the left rear of the S A. To disconnect the tablet you must first lift the catch. 6. AICOM EMULATION. You may use your Keynote Gold synthesizer with a speech program which does not support it. This is done by installing a special driver on your computer. The speech program can then be set up for an Aicom synthesizer, but you will have the benefit of Keynote Gold speech. The driver is provided on a floppy disk, together with an installation program. This program copies the driver onto your hard disk. It will also add a line to the config.sys file, so that the driver is loaded whenever the computer is started or re-booted. 6.1. INSTALLATION. To install the driver, locate the floppy disk which is provided with your Keynote Gold synthesizer, and insert it into the "A" or "B" drive of your computer. At the DOS prompt, type: a:install or b:install and press ENTER. This will copy the driver into the \keynote directory of your hard disk. It will also add the line: device=c:\keynote\golddev.sys to the config.sys file. If the install program detects DOS version 6 or later, it will add a preceding line: [common] To load the driver you should now reboot your computer. First remove the floppy disk, then press CONTROL, ALT and DELETE. That means: press and hold CONTROL, then press and hold ALT, and finally press DELETE. Release all keys. Allow about 10 seconds for the computer to reboot. If the driver has been loaded, you will hear: "Goldcard driver successfully installed." You may now install and run speech software, which should be set up for an Aicom Accent PC synthesizer. The installation program provides certain options. These can be selected by the addition of a parameter after the "install" command. Multiple parameters should be separated by a Space, and may be placed in any order. 6.2. CHOICE OF DRIVE AND DIRECTORY. You may install the driver into a directory other than c:\keynote. To do this, add the required path name. For example, to install into a directory called "new", on the D drive, type: a:install /path=d:\new ENTER. Do not put spaces in the path parameter. The installation program will create the directory if it doesn't exist, and will install the driver there. 6.3. BAUD RATE OPTIONS. If your computer has two serial ports, you may connect an S A synthesizer to either. The installation program will automatically choose the correct COM port for the synthesizer. This check could affect a printer or modem attached to the other port during installation. If this is a problem, specify the speech port directly by typing: a:install /com=1 ENTER, or a:install /com=2 ENTER, for port 1 or 2 respectively. The automatic test will then not run. This parameter may also be used if your computer has more than one synthesizer, and you wish to select a Stand Alone. The device driver automatically senses the baud rate used by a Keynote Gold Stand Alone synthesizer. Certain screen readers continually reset the baud rate to 9600, which can be a problem with earlier Stand Alones operating at 38400 baud. To overcome this, use the format: a:install /fbaud ENTER Do not use this parameter with the Arkenstone Open Book. 6.4. ERROR MESSAGES. If an error occurs during installation of the device driver, the install program will use the synthesizer to speak an error message if possible. If this is not possible, a screen message will state: "Please check the installation of your speech synthesizer and retry the installation program." This may happen, for example, if the synthesizer is not plugged into the computer. When the install program can access the synthesizer, an error message will be spoken if the driver installation cannot be completed. If a message indicates a problem with the /path parameter, the command should be checked and re-entered. If you hear a spoken error message concerning a lack of free memory, or a problem with config.sys, you should contact your Keynote Gold distributor for assistance. 7. S A SPECIFICATIONS. The case measures: 8 inches long, by 4 inches wide, by 1.2 inches thick; or 200 by 110 by 30 millimeters. Weight: 1.5 pounds, or 700 grams. Controls: On-off switch and volume control. Connectors: A.C adapter, computer interface, headphones,tablet. Interface: Serial, RS232C, 9 pin female miniature D connector. At the S A, pin 2 = transmit data, pin 3 = receive data, pin 5 = common. Use a "straight through" cable to a standard 9 pin computer serial port. Audio power: 500 milliwatt. Charger: 9 volt dc, regulated, 300 milliamp or more. Charger connector: Circular, 5.5 millimeter outer, 2.5 millimeter hollow inner. Center positive. IN CASE OF RADIO INTERFERENCE This equipment generates and uses radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly, in strict accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, may cause interference to radio and television reception. Any unauthorized modification to this equipment could result in the revocation of your authority to operate the equipment. It has been type tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B computing device in accordance with the specifications in Subpart J of Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are designed to provide reasonable protection against such interference in a residential installation. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio and television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: -Reorient the receiving antenna -Relocate the computer with respect to the receiver -Move the computer away from the receiver -Plug the computer into a different outlet so that the computer and receiver are on different branch circuits. If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions. The user may find the following booklet prepared by the Federal Communications Commission helpful: "How to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV Interference Problems" This booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington,20402, Stock No. 004-000-00345-4. If this equipment is supplied with a shielded cable it must be used in order to meet FCC Class B emission limits. At 09:58 AM 2/24/2008 +0000, you wrote:Hi Folks, Please can anyone tell me what kind of serial lead is required for the Keynote SA synthesizer. I know that it is a 9 pin male for the synthesizer end. However, what I need to know is the serial cable a nul modem cable or not. All help appreciated. 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