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fred3rd
April 10th, 2011, 12:31 PM
Quite a while ago, I bought a PowerBook 5300c from a fellow member. It had os 7.6 installed. It had a feature that would speak the text you typed. The Os was corrupt so I replaced it. After spending in excess of $50.00 on 2 corrupt copies of 7.5.3, I purchased a PowerBook 5300 (B&W) for less than &20.00, and made a copy of 7.5.2 off of it. The question is what system or Os contains text to speech or is it separate program? :confused:

Sorry about the typo....(Mack instead of Mac)

glitch
April 10th, 2011, 12:52 PM
After spending in excess of $50.00 on 2 corrupt copies of 7.5.3, I purchased a PowerBook 5300 (B&W) for less than &20.00, and made a copy of 7.5.2 off of it. The question is what system or Os contains text to speech or is it separate program? :confused:

I know this is exactly what you're going to want to hear after attempting to do the "right" thing and purchase SSW 7.5.3, but...Apple released it to the public for free some time ago:

http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/System/Older_System/System_7.5_Version_7.5.3/

If you can't write the disk images out to physical media yourself, you shouldn't have trouble finding a forum member who will (since you're in PA I'd be willing as long as I've got a Mac with a floppy drivet set up and running).

fred3rd
April 10th, 2011, 02:24 PM
That's the situation right now, I don't have anything to make the disk on @ the time.

Will that give me text to speech also?

NeXT
April 10th, 2011, 02:35 PM
I never checked to see if speech recognition was included in 7.5 but I believe it's in 7.6 and up.
If you want to try 7.6 again, you have probably seent hat it's not cheap and unlike 7.5.3, not free.

fred3rd
April 10th, 2011, 02:57 PM
That's ok, if I can get a complete working copy of system 7.5.3, I'll be one happy SOB.

RWallmow
April 12th, 2011, 06:29 AM
Any PC with a 1.44 floppy (internal or USB) should be able to make 1.44mb Mac disk images, on the PC side "rawrite" (DD in linux) is capable of imaging any uncompressed disk image, now mind you the PC wont read or understand the disk, but it doesnt care, its blindly writting a bit-for-bit image that the Mac should be able boot from and use.

That said, if you dont have access to a computer with a floppy drive, many members here would be willing to write the images to disk for you, myself included (provided you pay shipping).

fred3rd
April 12th, 2011, 07:10 AM
Thanks I'll try that again, I might get lucky this time. I'm using a legacy cd of disk images now, as apposed to the direct downloads at Mac.

fred3rd
May 4th, 2011, 07:21 AM
I finally got System 7.5.3 on my PowerBook. Long story but I made it happen. Also an answer to an earlier question I had, text to speach is in "simple text" in 7.5.3. I'm still learning to,"Think Different",and having a ball.

olePigeon
May 4th, 2011, 01:51 PM
You should grab a copy of this: http://www.wildbits.com/gravite/

It's one of the funniest addons for vintage Mac.

Also, the first thing you're going to need is a copy of Stuffit.

Here's a great resource website for abandonware Mac apps: http://www.macintoshgarden.org/

fred3rd
May 5th, 2011, 07:54 AM
I'm still having issues with stuffit. I can't find a version small enough to fit a 1.44mb floppy.

olePigeon
May 11th, 2011, 08:40 AM
http://s3.amazonaws.com/macgarden/stuffitexpander402.sit

Only 116 KBs. That should get you going. It's sort of a Catch 22. You need Stuffit to expand Stuffit. If you don't have access to a second computer, I'll see about setting up a download for you direct to the App.

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May 23rd, 2011, 12:44 AM
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