[Grml] Problem with speakup on grml 2009.10

Michael Whapples mwhapples at aim.com
Wed Dec 23 04:18:06 CET 2009

Hello again,
I am not sure whether it should be ignore my previous message or not. I 
just tried booting from the CD again (to check the keyboard thing on my 
desktop) and well, it seems to all work fine. Being puzzled why this 
should have differed and also to check that its not the late hour 
playing tricks with me, I then rebooted again and it worked fine again. 
When I say it all worked, I mean everything I reported in the previous 
message worked as it should.

Michael Whapples
On 23/12/09 02:49, Michael Whapples wrote:
> Hello,
> I have just written the grml 2009.10 CD but I notice that for some 
> reason when I try and boot it with options for speakup with software 
> speech output (either the swspeak option or speakup.synth=soft option) 
> it isn't recognised. The strange thing is it seems to be that when I 
> give an option to enable software speech output with other options 
> then grml doesn't seem to recognise the other options either.
> Here is what I have done to try and check what happens and also to try 
> and confirm it isn't me:
> * When this first happened I thought may be it was me doing something 
> wrong (as I get no output at the boot screen) so I tried again but 
> still the same result.
> * I have written it to another CD (at a slower speed as well) incase 
> something has gone wrong with the CD or went wrong while writing it, 
> still things don't work.
> * When I give the other options on their own they work fine (the other 
> options are either brltty or blind)
> * I tried running swspeak once the booting finished and this started 
> software speech output.
> * I rebooted again specifying swspeak and blind at the boot prompt 
> (still nothing, expected from previous attempts) I then checked 
> /proc/cmdline and dmesg to try and find out what it says I gave at the 
> command line, none of the options I gave were there.
> I am now stuck as to why this is happening.
> Also I notice (this is on my laptop) the keyboard layout by default is 
> not anything like I have known in the past (I believe US keyboard 
> layout is normally the default but this has things like shift+0 as =, 
> what on the UK keyboard is / as -, the UK keyboard ? is ?, shift+7 
> gives /, and a number of symbols I don't even recognise appear on 
> other keys).
> Michael Whapples

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