This is another post which deals with issues surrounding the use of
pulseaudio for text-to-speech
and access tech such as the
In the previous post I described how to switch
speech-dispatcher over to
ALSA and avoid the use
pulseaudio. Doing this will make the console accessible with
speakup even when you are
logged in to a graphical desktop.
But the default media controls in a Debian machine using the Mate desktop, at least at the
time of writing with Debian Jessie, are for
I have experienced issues with my Dell Latitude D630 where the headphone jack goes silent. I have
never established why. This can be very annoying and happens at the most inopportune moments,
usually in a room full of sighted folks who would very quickly try and lynch me if they had to
espeak through my PC speakers for more than five minutes.
This can be fixed by uninstalling a couple of packages and installing some alternatives.
The packages we are going to remove are:
The two packages we are going to install in their place are:
But, beware! The first time I did this I made the mistake of purging the first two before I
installed the new packages and it broke my installation. I then had to re-install
So we are going to let
apt-get make the decisions about what to install and what to remove.
Do the following:
$ sudo apt-get install mate-media-gstreamer $ sudo apt-get install mate-settings-daemon-gstreamer
You will hear some stuff about removing one and replacing it with the other.
After this your sound controls in
Mate should be much more usable and include the headphone jack
if you have one.