Re: Braille display and jaws problem

Ari Damoulakis

Hi Takis and Kimber
Thanks for replies. Yes, hi from South Africa, although you're right,
Greece is the country of origin of my family.
That's the ridiculous thing about the braille display problem, every
company blames everyone else, but what's annoying is that these
displays worked fine with an older version of jaws as well. I just
feel that you have Freedom, you have Microsoft, and you have the
braille display manufacturer, and they seem to be all pulling in
different directions and it then makes it very hard to work out where
the fault lies. Could it be a Windows update that has done something,
could it be JAWS? I'm obviously definitely putting the problem down to
jaws because of NVDA working, but, now that FS owns Window-eyes, I
don't remember if WE was this temperamental with braille displays, but
can't they somehow just redesign something?
When you connect your iPhone to a braille display, there is none of
this nonsense about Com Ports and needing to know the numbers and so
on, could FS not somehow try get the ports from the operating system
themselves? And how on earth can it not detect the display when
connected to USB, every USB device should just be easy?

On 12/11/18, Παναγιωτης Αντωνοπουλος <> wrote:
Hi Ari/all,
Well, I have had an ordeal when I bought my new Lenovo, excellent otherwise.
I had latest jaws at the time, and an Active Braille from the German company
Handytech. Despite my computer tech's struggling, it would not connect with
either Bluetooth, or usb. It made several trips between Ioannina, my place
of work, and Athens, some 300 miles, and when we thought things were fixed,
it was the same, once it reached my end. Eventually, both display and
computer were sent to handytech, again with no success, although the Germans
were insisting it was Jaws' fault. To cut a long story, my computer tech,
eventually discovered that the fault lay with Narrator, and one of its
drivers, and it was really a Microsoft fault, which affects some, but not
all, displays. Once narrator was removed, I have had not more that problem.
Hope this helps,
Greetings from Greece (perhaps your family's country of origin?),

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Ari
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2018 8:59 PM
Subject: Braille display and jaws problem

Hi everyone
I hope someone can give me some answers or additional tips on what to
try, since I tried asking on the Facebook group, but no luck yet.
I have used a Seika 40 (Perkins in the US) and U2 in the past
successfully with jaws, but for some reason I can't get the newest
version of jaws to communicate with them at all. In fact I can't get
the newest version of JAWS to communicate with any braille display.
When I say communicate, I mean that I am connecting the displays
properly to the PC. I have tried Bluetooth and USB. The displays are
displaying braille and are working with NVDA.
I add them in JAWS. When I try their Bluetooth ports, I am inputting
the com numbers the computer is giving me. When I try the USB, the
drivers are installed correctly, I write USB.
Nothing is happening when I restart JAWS or the PC and JAWS.
I am not getting an error message, but no braille is being displayed
I have unpaired them from the PC and paried them again. I have tried
their supposed input and output ports just to make really sure. I have
tried the USB, nothing.
I really have no idea what else to try?
Is it just me or does anyone else believe that the whole interface of
configuring JAWS and a braille display lacks the ease of the iPhone,
or even NVDA? And when you write to support of iether the screenreader
or the braille display manufacturer, the one manufacturer thinks it
could be the other product and the support departments shift the
problem to each other like tennis.
Freedom Scientific should totally redesign the whole braille display
module or interface of jaws, or something should be done to find some
sort of solution to the whole three-way problem of hardware, software
and operating system triangulate in some sort of easier solution.
Thanks very much

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