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Subject: Re: can't get my archos talking
From: Glenn Ervin at Home (GlennErvin_at_cableone.net)
Here are the instructions written by Aman:
To activate the talking menus on the Archos, you first need to
download the daily build of rockbox. This is not the stable version 2.2, but
a later build, and is available at
Make sure to download the build for your unit, whether Player,
Recorder, FM Recorder, or Recorder V2. Then install it as you would any
other version of rockbox. Extract the .zip file to the root directory of
your archos. You should now have a .rockbox directory in the root directory
of your unit. Make sure that you have a file called archos.mod file
(player), or ajbrec.ajz (recorders), in the root of your archos. This file
is the actual firmware file. The .rockbox directory contains plug-ins and
configuration information. Now download the language.voice file (note, when
I say to manipulate the language.voice file, I mean the specific voice for a
language. That is, the voice file for English is called english.voice, the
German voice is called deutsch.voice, etc.) from
The voice file is one of the .zip files in that directory.
Crystal.zip is the English AT&T voice Crystal speaking the prompts, Mary.zip
is the English Microsoft Mary voice speaking, and deutsch.zip is a German
voice. Voices for French and other English voices are available from
The Crystal voice is natural but sometimes mispronounces things, the
Mary voice is robotic but has good pronunciation.
Make a langs directory (if such a directory doesn't exist already),
inside the .rockbox directory on your archos and put the language.voice file
into that. That is, the path to the language voice file should be
Assuming your archos is assigned drive letter J. Now disconnect your
archos as usual, turn it on, and hit menu. You should have talking menus.
Now, you'll need to get your directories and file numbers spoken or
There are three ways to get the directories talking. You can have
them announced by number (folder 1, folder 2, etc), have them spelled
audibly, (M U S I C), or have them announced through recorded clips. To have
them announced by number or spelled, simply change the setting in menu
/>general settings/> voice. There's an option called "voice directories".
You can set it to off, numbers, spell, on enter, or while hovering. The last
two options relate to voice clips, but the first three don't need voice
If you want your directory names spoken as words, rather than
spelled or given numbers, you need to know that rockbox doesn't have any TTS
capabilities. It wants to see a file called
in the folder. That _dirname file contains the name of the folder in
MP3 format. One of the rockbox programmers has released a script to create
these _dirname.talk files automatically see
to get that script and
to get the lame executable which it requires. Install lame, copy
lame.exe and the mp3clipgen.vbs script you get from the first link above to
the same directory, then run the mp3clipgen.vbs script. You will be asked to
enter the folder where all your music is stored. Enter the path to your
jukebox (make sure it's connected). That is, if your jukebox is drive letter
and hit enter. The script should, in a few minutes, give you a
Disconnect the jukebox and reboot it as usual. You'll need to set
the voice directories option alluded to above to while hovering or on enter,
depending on whether you want your directories spoken when you enter them
with play or right arrow, or as you hover over them.
To get names or numbers spelled or spoken for your files, you need
only set the "voice files" option in the voice submenu of the general
settings submenu off the main menu to either spell or numbers. Your files,
as you go through them with the arrows, will either have their names spelled
or numbers spoken for them.
Behalf Of paale
Sent: May 25, 2004 9:53 AM
maybe its a stupid question, but i dont know how to get my jukebox talking.
what do i have to do with the .voice file?
i´m sure you can help me!
----- Original Message -----
From: "ezankel01" <ezankel01_at_earthlink.net>
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 9:15 PM
Subject: can't get my archos talking
Hey everyone. I'd like to thank you for such great firmware, but I have
forgotton how to get my box speaking. I installed the daily build from the
19th, and turned all the speaking functions on, but it won't talk. I tried
to go to the page that gave directions, but it has been removed or changed
and I can't get to it. How do I get it talking again?
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