[bct] Re: Directing Screen Reader To Play Through A Particular Sound Card

  • From: "Darrell Shandrow" <nu7i@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 06:28:07 -0700

Hi Mika,

Here's how to get JAWS to be redirected to a specific sound card:

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mika Pyyhkala 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 6:10 AM
  Subject: [bct] Directing Screen Reader To Play Through A Particular Sound Card


  Is there any way to direct the speech of screen readers to a particular sound 

  I am running a Dell Latitude D600 Windows Xp Pro sp2 laptop.  It has an on 
board SigmaTel sound card, and I have a Griffen Technologies USB Imic 
connected.  The Imic is both a microphone and has headphone jacks and seems to 
act as an external   Sound Card.

  This all came about as I am testing various ways to record Skype calls.

  I have come up with a work around to direct Jaws audio to the Imic, and to 
have the rest of audio go through the on board sound card, but wonder if there 
is an easier way to do this.

  Right now:
  1.  I reboot the computer with the USB IMic plugged in;
  2.  The system boots up and Jaws speaks through the USB Imic sound card.  
Jaws starts as a service; and
  3.  Now if I select in control Panel>Sounds the SigmaTel (on board sound 
card) I will get my Jaws audio through the Imic headset, and the rest of 
Windows audio through the on board sound card.
  4.  I believe that if I shut down Jaws and restart it it will play through 
the on board sound card.
  This can be handy say if recording a Skype call you won't hear Jaws on the 

  Right now to record Skype I am using Sound Tap from:

  But is there a more straightforward way of directing a screen reader as to 
which sound card you want it to use?


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