Help needed with Dragon Naturally Speaking for handicapped user

brian brian at
Sat Aug 16 17:38:34 CEST 2014

On 08/16/2014 05:23 AM, brian wrote:

Duh. 4 mil jack mike into the sound card, not PS/2. I must learn not
write e-mails at 5:30am...

> Hi all,
> Has anyone out there managed to set up Dragon Naturally Speaking to
> run under WINE? I'm using Debian 7.6 multihome, with XFCE from the
> Wheezy repos, which means v4.8.
> My wife has developed a problem with her hands, and can't type more
> than a few sentences without severe pain. I've got Dragon (V10, which
> was supposed to be the most compatible) installed, but configuring it
> is a problem because you have to almost yell down the microphone to
> get the sound to register when training it. I can get it to work but
> my wife is (much!) quieter-spoken than I am, and it just will not work
> for her.
> I've checked the mixer settings, I have the microphone gain boosted to
> maximum. We're using a USB microphone, but I could go back to an old
> PS/2 one if USB could be the problem. Her PC is a bog-standard
> eMachines/Wal-Mart job, so nothing fancy, sound is off the
> motherboard, no added cards. There should be enough CPU power there,
> though, 2.3 GHz dual core with 3GB of RAM.
> Any ideas very gratefully received, I just don't know what else to try.
> Thanks,
> Brian.
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