[Vrstream] new member with quite a few questions

rajmund brajmund2000 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 13:25:48 EDT 2015


Hello,
I believe, its a XCSD, but not sure what format.  Stream 
recognised it, though.

    Sent from the BrailleNote



 ----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Rutherford" <tom.n8euj at gmail.com
To: "'rajmund'" <brajmund2000 at gmail.com>,"'Adrien Collins'" 
<adriencollins22160 at gmail.com>,<vrstream at vrstreamusers.org
Date sent: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:21:52 -0400
Subject: RE: [Vrstream] new member with quite a few questions

I'm not a Braillenote user, but I can tell you that transferring 
data
between the Stream and a PC can be done using the long cable.  
There's a
certain sequence that you have to use to have the Stream 
recognized as an
external drive, but the problem is that transferring files that 
way is
abysmally slow.  Also, if the SD card is formatted as exFAT, the 
Stream will
not recognize it.  However, the Stream will format a 64GB card to 
FAT32, but
then, you'll lose everything on it.  When you put the card in, it 
will say,
"No media", but when you go through the menu to the "Format SD 
Card" entry,
the Stream will format it to FAT32.  Hope this helps.

-- 73 DE Tom, N8EUJ, Burton, MI
"She said it was either her or the ham radio.  Over."



-----Original Message-----
From: rajmund [mailto:brajmund2000 at gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2015 4:09 PM
To: Adrien Collins; brajmund2000 at gmail.com; tom.n8euj at gmail.com;
vrstream at vrstreamusers.org
Subject: RE: [Vrstream] new member with quite a few questions

Hello,
The braillenote from humanware doesn't recognise my sd card,
though.  And, I only have the user guide at this point, at
therefore, it is a bug.  I have also asked someone (who is not on
the list) uses a US firmware, much younger than mine, but the
same result.  But, a question.  Braillenote users, can the stream
act like a hard disk with the braillenote?

    Sent from the BrailleNote



 ----- Original Message -----
From: "Adrien Collins" <adriencollins22160 at gmail.com
To: "'rajmund'" <brajmund2000 at gmail.com>,"'Tom Rutherford'"
<tom.n8euj at gmail.com>,<vrstream at vrstreamusers.org
Date sent: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:05:19 +0200
Subject: RE: [Vrstream] new member with quite a few questions

Hi Rajmond

The pitch for the user guide and the pitch on the stream
itself are separate, if you change the pitch to listen to a
book, it does not affect the pitch for the user guide, they
are completely separate, this is not a bug but an
intentional thing in the design of the stream.  You don't
need to clean the sd card off to up-date the stream,
download the file, copy it to the sd card, put the sd card
back into the stream, plug the stream into the mains
electricity and power the stream back on, it will up-date.
If you get stuck, give us a shout.

Regards

Adrien


-----Original Message-----
From: Vrstream [mailto:vrstream-bounces at vrstreamusers.org]
On Behalf Of rajmund
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2015 8:31 PM
To: Tom Rutherford; vrstream at vrstreamusers.org
Subject: Re: [Vrstream] new member with quite a few
questions

Hello Tom,
I do have Samantha, but instead of Tom, we have Daniel.
Once I
get my braille sense back, I will be able to take the data
off
the sd card, and update the stream, and all that.  I
believe, its
running 3.0.6, if that existed.  So far, though, I had no
problems with the speakers.  I have one thing, that is
bugging
me, however.  I exit the user guide,
try Daniel, return to Samantha, and reopen the guide.  Even
though the unit says that I'm on pitch 7, she sounds nothing
like
pitch 7.  So, I then have to lower it, and get it back up.
However, the rate is not effected.  Is that fixed in the new

firmware?
    Sent from the BrailleNote



 ----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Rutherford" <tom.n8euj at gmail.com
To: "'rajmund'"
<brajmund2000 at gmail.com>,<vrstream at vrstreamusers.org
Date sent: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:18:03 -0400
Subject: RE: [Vrstream]  new member with quite a few
questions

Hi, Rajmund.

Well, if it's got Daniel, it's the UK version of the
firmware.  I
forget now
what the female voice is, but it isn't Samantha.  But,
anyway,
I'm glad you
found a pitch and speed that you're okay with.  It's too bad
you
don't have
a PC.  You need to get with someone who has a PC so that you
can
do a couple
of things.  The first thing you want to do is make sure
you're
running the
last version of firmware written for the old Stream, which
is
version 3.5.4.
You can get it on humanware.com in their support section if
it's
not already
up to date.  But, other than the crummy little speaker, the
original Stream
is a solid piece of equipment.  You'll love the way music
sounds
on it if
you have a decent set of headphones or powered speakers.  As
for
only
getting English out of the thing, maybe it's only the North
American
Samantha and Tom version that has the Mandarin Chinese
serial
number at the
end when you hit 0 three times quickly without an SD card.

-- 73 DE Tom, N8EUJ, Burton, MI
"She said it was either her or the ham radio.  Over."



-----Original Message-----
From: rajmund [mailto:brajmund2000 at gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 3:31 PM
To: Tom Rutherford; brajmund2000 at gmail.com;
vrstream at vrstreamusers.org
Subject: RE: [Vrstream] new member with quite a few
questions

Hello Tom,
Hmm, this one said interesting things, but only in English.
I
think its running English firmware, which uses Daniel
(sounds
terrible) and Samantha, who isn't that bad, at pitch 7, and
rate
10.  Yes, I like high pitches.  Thanks for the sd tip, but
currently, I don't have anything that would read my 64 gb sd
card
to save the things off it, and I don't have a pc, either.  I
have
found the user guide, but this is all new to me.
    Sent from the BrailleNote



 ----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Rutherford" <tom.n8euj at gmail.com
To: "'rajmund'"
<brajmund2000 at gmail.com>,<vrstream at vrstreamusers.org
Date sent: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:10:47 -0400
Subject: RE: [Vrstream]  new member with quite a few
questions

Hi, Rajmund.  In addition to what Jim told you, if you're
talking
about the
voice that says, "Welcome to Victor Reader" when you power
it up,
he's not a
synthesizer.  He's Blair Stainton, a Canadian actor.  But,
you
have either
Samantha or Tom for your other voice.  They're Vocalizer
voices,
and they
don't sound all that good.  The 2nd-gen.  Stream uses
Acapella
voices Heather
and Ryan if you have the North American English firmware.
But,
if you have
the North American English firmware for the 1st-gen.
Stream,
it's Samantha
and Tom.  But, I don't think you can speed any of the voices
up
except when
they're reading text to you.

There is a built-in User Guide on the Stream, either
version.
Press and
hold the "1" key until you hear "User Guide", then release
it.
Once it
comes up, you can navigate through it using the "6" key to
navigate forward
and the "4" key to navigate backward.  You can set various
levels
of
navigation by using the "2" and "8" keys.

BTW, before you start trying to put content on an SD card,
put a
fresh SD
card in the Stream and it will create the folders
automatically
for you.
Then, you can put DAISY books in $VRDTB, MP3 books in
$VROtherBooks, music
in $VRMusic, etc.

I hope this helps.  I have one of the original Streams, and
I
still love it.
I can't see buying a new one while this one still works.  I
did
buy a
Stratus, though, because I liked the bigger speaker and the
built-in optical
disc reader.  (They call it a CD reader, but it will also
read
audio DVDs.
I haven't tried a Blu-Ray disc in it yet, but I kind of
doubt it
would read
one of those.)  BTW, if you hit the "0" key three times fast
with
no SD card
in it, it will tell you all kinds of interesting things
about
your Stream,
including the serial number in Mandarin Chinese.  I am not
kidding.

-- 73 DE Tom, N8EUJ, Burton, MI
"She said it was either her or the ham radio.  Over."



-----Original Message-----
From: Vrstream [mailto:vrstream-bounces at vrstreamusers.org]
On
Behalf Of
rajmund
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:21 AM
To: vrstream at vrstreamusers.org
Subject: [Vrstream] new member with quite a few questions

Hello all,
Yes, I have never posted here, but I have just got my hand
on a
stream.  question 1.  How do I find out what type it is? No,
it
hasn't got wifi.  And it still uses vocaliser voices, but
that's
as far as I got.
Question 2.  How do I speed up the main synthesizer, the guy
who
reads the menu items? Just to give you an idea where I'm
wanting
to go, I got the humanware braillenote to rate 16.  Is there
a
smilar setting with them synths? question 3.  How do I open
the
bookshelf, and things like that? Do I need to put content
into it
on an sd card before I can do that?
Many thanks for any answers
Rajmund

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