Hi William. All my sound card channels were still muted when I started
Alsamixer. In case it's relevant, the LSPCI utility describes my sound
card as follows:
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High
Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
Alsamixer reports that my soundcard is of type HDA Intel and that the
audio chip itself is a Realtek ALC883. If you need any clarification or
further details, please let me know. I would very much appreciate any
further suggestions or advice you may have.
On 09/10/09 22:22, William Hubbs wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 09:55:01PM +0100, John Robinson wrote:
>> Hi William and many thanks for your message. I tried exactly what you
>> suggested, booting into the live DVD and typing 'gentoo
>> speakup.synth=dectlk nox' at the boot prompt. My Dectalk USB started
>> speaking as it should, but after all Alsa modules were loaded, it
>> announced that no Alsa configuration was present and that I'd have to
>> unmute my card. Sorry I couldn't record the exact message. I then
>> launched Alsamixer, unmuting all channels and turning them up to full
>> volume. After pressing 'Escape' to save the settings, I played an MP3
>> file with Mplayer to ensure that my card was unmuted. This file played
>> successfully. I next typed 'espeak "Hello,this is a test."' as you
>> suggested. There was no error, but I heard no speech at all. Finally,
>> I repeated the same procedure, but output the result to a Wave file. I
>> played this successfully in Mplayer.
>> In conclusion, Espeak appears to be able to creat Wave files on my
>> system, but does not appear to be able to speak through Alsa, even when
>> all my sound card's channels are unmuted. I would very much appreciate
>> any advice you may have as to how to resolve this.
> Ok John, we found this issue, and we are working on building another
> image that will allow espeak to speak through alsa.
> The other thing I am concerned about though is your sound card. When
> you started alsamixer was everything still muted?