[DECtalk] Some questions about DECtalk Express

Aksel Leo Christoffersen aksel at blindsigtmail.dk
Mon Aug 13 08:45:59 EDT 2018

Thank you for the information. I've now found a compatible cable on a Danish webshop, so that problem is solved.

So, do anyone know the answer to my other question?

I was told on a forum, that there was a commandline program on the installation disc, that I could use to send text files to the DECtalk Express,
and sence I didn’t have the installation disc, I downloaded the dtxv42cd.exe, which I guess is the installation disc. So, do I have to install the drivers
on a Windows 9x, or DOS, virtual machine for the text program to work, or is it just a program, that I can open from my Windows 7 machine? I also tried to send it through NVDA, by using the Decctalk Express add-on for NVDA, but it didn't work quite well. It could process the commands for changing voices just fine, but when I enter some singing commands, it just reads it.

Best regards:
Aksel Christoffersen

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Fra: Dectalk [mailto:dectalk-bounces at bluegrasspals.com] På vegne af Tom Kopec
Sendt: 13. august 2018 14:01
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Emne: Re: [DECtalk] Some questions about DECtalk Express

Power jack takes a 2.1mm/5.5mm plug, center positive. The unit requires 
12V, at least 400mA, *regulated* ... These are pretty commonly 
available, they are often used for LED strip lights. Just make sure the 
polarity is correct.

If you hook up a power supply with reversed polarity or too-high 
voltage, an internal fuse in the DECtalk Express will blow.  The fuse is 
a surface-mount fuse near the power jack, digikey part F1165CT-ND , any 
electronic technician can test and/or replace it.
I think later builds changed this fuse to a self-resetting protector.

The unit will work fine on external power even with a dead battery.


On 8/11/2018 12:00 PM, dectalk-request at bluegrasspals.com wrote:
> First, when I received the unit, I tried to charge it with the original
> chager, but I didn't know, that people in America uses 120v, while we in
> Denmark uses 230v for electricity, so I think I might have burned the
> charger. Does anyone know, if I can get a new charger for it with 230v, or
> if I can get a new charger and an adapter from 120 to 230 v?

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