GWKB1121 : Improve software speech performance in Windows Vista and Windows 7Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Steve Clower
Date Added: 11/11/2010
Last Modified: 11/11/2010
Symptom: Under Windows Vista or Windows 7, software speech synthesizers such as DECtalk Access 32 and Eloquence are slow to respond.
Cause: Windows Vista and Windows 7 include various audio enhancement features which reduce the computer's overall audio responsiveness.
- Press Control-Escape or the Windows key to open the Start menu.
- If a search box appears, type "Control Panel," and press Enter. Otherwise, arrow to "Settings," press Enter, and press C to open the Windows Control Panel.
- Navigate to "Sound," and press Enter.
- Arrow to the active sound card. This is typically listed as either "Speakers" or "Headphones."
- Tab to the "Properties" button, and press Enter.
- Press Control-Tab until the "Enhancements" page of the sound card's properties window is reached.
- Tab to the "disable all enhancements" checkbox, and press the spacebar to check it.
- Tab to the "Apply" button, and press Enter.
- Press Alt-F4 to close the properties window.
- Press Alt-F4 to close the sound applet.
The audio enhancements are now disabled, and text-to-speech responsiveness will be back to an acceptable level.