[Grml] sound appears to be muted

John G. Heim jheim at math.wisc.edu
Tue Dec 20 16:04:33 CET 2011

]Sorry, Ulrich, you're goint to get 2 copies of this. Sent the first one to 
private email. Sending this one to the list...
From: "Ul at ml.grml.org>
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 5:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Grml] sound appears to be muted

> Sorry jenkins keeps just the last 10 builded ISOs.
> The latest version is
> http://jenkins.grml.org/job/grml-full-amd64/799/artifact/2011-12-19_23-04-44/grml_isos/autobuild_2011-12-19_23-04-44.iso
> which should beep on the isolinux prompt and play 3 sounds in grub.

Well, I didn't get the beep at the isolinux prompt but sound is working. I
was able to type in the commands to load the speakup_soft module and
espeakup and got speech. I just waited for the tone, pressed q, and then
typed in 'modprobe speakup_soft; espeakup' Very exciting!

I would like to try it with a USB headset on a machine w/o a sound card. If
that works, you could rescue a server without using a hardware speech
synthesizer. I don't know where I'm going to find a machine like that
though. We have lots of 64 bit servers w/o sound cards but they're all in
production. I can't just boot one of them into grml for testing purposes.
But I'd also hate to find out I can't do that when its already an emergency.

It's not that important to me because I have a hardware speech synth. In the
USA, your employer is required to buy you a speech synth if you need it. But
that kind of thing is a lot easier to say than it is to do. Nobody wants to
go to their boss and say, "Hey thanks for taking a chance on me even though
I'm blind. By the way, you need to shell out $500 for this hardware speech
synthesizer." So a lot of blind people don't have hardware speech synths.
Plus those synths only work on machines with serial ports.

Anyway, personally, I think you guys have done outstanding work.  I honestly
think that you may have saved some jobs.

BTW, I'm not sure what you mean by 3 sounds in grub. Is that the tone you
get when grml is finished booting? That's 4 tones so I think you must be
referring to something else.

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