[DECtalk], Re: firmware version

  • From: "Jayson Smith" <ratguy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2004 23:09:06 -0400

That might be a bit tough.  You can't just type the command into something
like notepad then have Jaws read it back, as the command won't be recognized
by the synth.  So here are a few suggestions.
If you have access to a Dos box within Windows, or a Dos machine, plug the
Dectalk into the serial port and type the following
echo [:version speak] > com1
replace com1 with the name of the serial port.  Also, you should not have a
screen reader running with the Dectalk being tested as that won't work!
Also, if you have speech other than the Dectalk being tested, set up a
Windows or, for that matter, Dos screen reader to use that speech.  E.G.
Eloquence in Jaws.  Then run something like Hyper Terminal, point it to the
serial port where the Dectalk is, make sure the parameters are set for 9600
baud, 8 data bits, no parity and 1 stop bit.  Then send the [:version speak]
command and hit Enter.  Dectalk should speak the version.
Or like I said earlier, use the same thing E.G. Hyper Terminal, then power
on the Dectalk with it plugged in and the terminal listening to the proper
port.  The Dectalk Express sends a message over the serial port even before
you hear the startup beep, and part of this message is the version number
and date of the firmware.
Hope this helps!
Jayson.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bear in SFO" <BearSFO@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2004 11:00 PM
Subject: [DECtalk], Re: firmware version


>
> How can I send the command to the Dectalk?
> when I type in the [] command computer didn't like that :)
> Thanks...!
>
> At 11:52 PM 7/16/2004 -0400, you wrote:
> >As far as I know, all the software for the cards are loaded when your
> >computer boots up.  So the version of the Dectalk software your card is
> >running is that version installed on your computer.  This should be
spoken
> >when the synth is loaded in autoexec.bat or wherever.  E.G. "Dectalk PC
> >version 4.2b is running" or something.
> >Also, unless you have a specific need for it, I would not recommend
> >upgrading to the 4.6 versions from Force.  They don't sound as good as
the
> >older Digital versions.  I think version 5 from Phonix is supposed to
sound
> >much more like the Digital versions.  On the other hand, if you have an
> >express with 4.6 firmware, it can safely be downgraded to an older
Digital
> >version.
> >Jayson.
> >
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Bear in SFO" <BearSFO@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> >To: <dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >Sent: Friday, July 16, 2004 11:46 PM
> >Subject: [DECtalk], Re: firmware version
> >
> >
> > >
> > > Thanks Jason - I assume the card doesn't have firmware on the card
itself?
> > >
> > > At 11:38 PM 7/16/2004 -0400, you wrote:
> > > >I assume you're talking about the Dectalk Express.
> > > >There are a few ways to find out what firmware you're running.
First,
> >send
> > > >the following command to the unit
> > > >[:version speak]
> > > >It will then speak the version number and date of the firmware.
> > > >Alternatively, if you have a computer that has speech other than the
unit
> > > >being tested and a free serial port, and you have a terminal program
> >running
> > > >on that computer, point it to a serial port and plug the Dectalk into
> >that
> > > >port.  Then turn it on.  The Dectalk Express sends a message over the
> >serial
> > > >port at startup and part of this message is the firmware version and
> >date.
> > > >Hope this helps.
> > > >Jayson.
> > > >
> > > >----- Original Message -----
> > > >From: "Bear in SFO" <BearSFO@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> > > >To: <dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > > >Sent: Friday, July 16, 2004 11:32 PM
> > > >Subject: [DECtalk], firmware version
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Does anyone know how I can tell what firmware version I have in my
> > > >Dectalk?
> > > > >
> > > > >
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