[DECtalk], Re: firmware version

  • From: Bear in SFO <BearSFO@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dectalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2004 20:15:05 -0700

Thanks Jason I will give that a try

Right now it is a DOS box with JAWS running on it and I have a hard time 
trying to move around and once I get JAWS unloaded then no more speech ever...

Maybe I should kill JAWS altogether and start over...

--David

At 11:09 PM 7/18/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>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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