Re: How to get Dec-TALK Express to work with JAWS Version 14 and later versions

Tim Ford

Hi All,

What are the benefits of using a Dec-TALK Express over the modern options? I have one sitting in a drawer, needing a repair to its power cord socket, so if there is a good reason, I would get that fixed!

I go back to the 1980s, and my share of synthetic speech boards or stand-alone devices, all of which were really bad by today's standards. I thought I had the perfect device when I got a Dectalk. I then got the then-new Audapter, created by Noel Runyun, and it was truly wonderful, fast, responsive, stable.

Fast forward to when JAWS for Windows came out with that excellent built-in Eloquence voice. For a while, the limited processing power and speed of those earlier computers caused me to continue use of the Audapter; it is a stand-alone device like the Dec-Talk, so it helped a lot to take the load off the computer. But at some point, computers and Eloquence became, in my humble opinion, much better than the Dec-Talk or the Audapter. After using just Eloquence with JAWS for several years, I dug out the Audapter, and was shocked by how it was surpassed by the modern technology.

So again, what is the advantage today in using the Dec-Talk?

Tim Ford

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Dave Durber
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:46 AM
Subject: Re: How to get Dec-TALK Express to work with JAWS Version 14 and later versions

Hello Shai:

When I added the DEC-TALK Express in Windows 32 BIT, I accepted the only com port, which was com1, and accepted the default settings: 9600, n, 8, 1. I restarted JAWS 14. I looked in the list of synthesizers and did not find it listed there. I then restarted the computer, but, when I checked the list of synthesizers, there is no DEC-TALK Express.


Dave Durber

----- Original Message -----
From: "Shai" <shaiwol@...>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2017 1:14 PM
Subject: Re: How to get Dec-TALK Express to work with JAWS Version 14 and later versions

Hello Dave,
Are you sure that you are using the correct com port for the DecTalk?
Have you attempted to restart JAWS? What occurs when you attempt to
find it in the voice adjustment dialog? I am using the latest version
of JAWS with a DecTalk Express on a Windows10 64bit. I am using it
with a serial to USB cable. I find that this set up works well, but
that once in a while on a web page JAWS will crash and I will need to
restart it.

On 9/21/17, Dave Durber <d.durber@...> wrote:
Hello everyone:

I Have installed Windows 7 Professional 32 BIT on a PC.

I have a DEC-TALK Express external synthesizer which I would like to
use with JAWS Version 14., with a view to using it with the latest
version of JAWS in Windows 10 32 BIT, if the latest Version of JAWS
will support this synthesizer.

I connected the DEC-TALK Express to the on-board serial port. I used
the Synthesizer and Braill Manager in JAWS 14, to add the DEC-Talk
Express Synthesizer. However, when I accessed the Synthesizer
Submenue, under Utilities in JAWS 14, the DEC-TALK Express is not listed.

What do I have to do in order for JAWS 14 to send the speech output
to the DEC-TALK Express and to have the said synthesizer to appear in
the list of added synthesizers?

Thank you in anticipation for any and all suggestions.


Dave Durber

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