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Windows 7: Speech Recognition

03 Jan 2010   #1

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Speech Recognition

Hi guys,

I am trying to set-up the speech recognition on Windows 7 but I keep getting an error message saying that I must first change my screen resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher. However I am using a netbook so I cannot do this. This is stupid. Can I really not do this just because I'm using a netbook?

Thanks. Sorry if this is in the wrong section.

Chris

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03 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chrisking73 View Post
Hi guys,

I am trying to set-up the speech recognition on Windows 7 but I keep getting an error message saying that I must first change my screen resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher. However I am using a netbook so I cannot do this. This is stupid. Can I really not do this just because I'm using a netbook?

Thanks. Sorry if this is in the wrong section.

Chris
It needs a screen resolution of 1024 or higher...

Let me check myself...

It appears that the TUTORIAL needs to be in 1024 or higher...but don't let that stop you

Go to Control Panel\Ease of Access\Speech Recognition and then click "Train the computer to understand me better". Do as much training as you like. While you are on that page...print out the reference card which is what the tutorial covers (along with some tricks...)

You may have to pull up a Speech Recognition wiki to catch up on the tutorial
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03 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Oh I see thanks alot. Don't youthink thats stupid though? They can't make a tutorial for people with netbooks. Typical Microsoft.
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03 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chrisking73 View Post
Oh I see thanks alot. Don't youthink thats stupid though? They can't make a tutorial for people with netbooks. Typical Microsoft.
You probably have an ASUS Eee PC correct? The default resolution for netbooks is at 1024*800 now...while older netbooks (ones meant to run XP) have a resolution at 800...

It is all about covering the majority...
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03 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Oh I see. I have a HP Mini 2133. I thinkit was deisgned to run Linux Sesus if that makes any sense to you. Do you know how to use the speech recognition? Because I've done abit of training but when I use it it either says 'sleeping' or 'off'. Very confusing!
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03 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

I think the problem is that it is so delayed. I say something then 10 seconds later it types it and then it just goes off. My CPU usage isconstantly above 70% do you think that is why?
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03 Jan 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I have probably 5,000 hours of experience with speech recognition applications (Dragon Preferred 7, 8, and 9).

I'm not sure, but I may have read that Microsoft and Dragon cooperated on the Win 7 speech recognition app??

A few clues based on my experience:

Don't get your hopes up too high.

Don't get caught up in the advice to tell you to upgrade your microphone, etc.

Live with the fact that you will have a certain irreducible percentage of errors.

Lower your expectations even further to the extent you are NOT using a powerful PC, such as a Core 2 Duo, Quad, i5, or i7. Speech programs need a lot of power to know whether you mean to, too, or two and whether you said dog, bog, or cog. They rely on context to do that and it takes a lot of analysis.

If you are going to write a document no longer than this post, don't bother with it. You won't save any time.

If you were to read a random 10,000 words out of a novel, it would help you get that onto the printed page much faster than simply typing it out. Overall, I'd say you could cut your total time by maybe 40%, after all hand corrections and proofreading.

You can expect probably 20 errors on a double-spaced 8 by 11 inch of random text. A little more or less, depending on your enunciation and equipment.

With a powerful machine, you can speak at fairly close to normal speed, but you have to enunciate like a newscaster--otherwise your error rate will skyrocket.

On this powerful machine, words will appear damn near as fast as you speak.

Don't obsess over "training" the application. It helps only to a point. If it isn't working tolerably well on your equipment after 10 hours of practice with a $10 headset, it probably won't every be worth your while.
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03 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I have probably 5,000 hours of experience with speech recognition applications (Dragon Preferred 7, 8, and 9).

I'm not sure, but I may have read that Microsoft and Dragon cooperated on the Win 7 speech recognition app??

A few clues based on my experience:

Don't get your hopes up too high.

Don't get caught up in the advice to tell you to upgrade your microphone, etc.

Live with the fact that you will have a certain irreducible percentage of errors.

Lower your expectations even further to the extent you are NOT using a powerful PC, such as a Core 2 Duo, Quad, i5, or i7. Speech programs need a lot of power to know whether you mean to, too, or two and whether you said dog, bog, or cog. They rely on context to do that and it takes a lot of analysis.

If you are going to write a document no longer than this post, don't bother with it. You won't save any time.

If you were to read a random 10,000 words out of a novel, it would help you get that onto the printed page much faster than simply typing it out. Overall, I'd say you could cut your total time by maybe 40%, after all hand corrections and proofreading.

You can expect probably 20 errors on a double-spaced 8 by 11 inch of random text. A little more or less, depending on your enunciation and equipment.

With a powerful machine, you can speak at fairly close to normal speed, but you have to enunciate like a newscaster--otherwise your error rate will skyrocket.

On this powerful machine, words will appear damn near as fast as you speak.

Don't obsess over "training" the application. It helps only to a point. If it isn't working tolerably well on your equipment after 10 hours of practice with a $10 headset, it probably won't every be worth your while.
Thanks. I wasn't playing on typing too much I just thought it would be cool to show mates etc by opening IE just by saying it.

Everytime I open the speech recognition programme and it starts listening my CPU usage goes to 100% and it is very laggy so I guess that my 1.6ghz processor can't handle it?

Thanks for your advice though maybe when I upgrade my computer to a fast one voice recognition will be even better.

Basically you need a high spec machine to use it then?
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03 Jan 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I have not used the Win 7 version of SR, but I would assume there have been no genius breakthroughs compared to other programs.

Yes--if you don't have a high spec machine, you will get frustrated and think it is useless.

Even if you have a high spec machine, it is useless for many purposes--the typical email, the typical 200 word document, etc.

RAM can help to a degree, but there is no substitute for cubic inches--to use an automotive analogy.

You might fiddle with it as a hobby so you know what is going on when you upgrade.

Even on a high spec machine, you don't want to be doing anything else with it if you are using the speech recognition app. Think of the billions of things you could say or mean and you will begin to get an understanding of why SR requires so much power. It's all about context. If the program is going to always print something like this, it would be useless:


Eye through the bawl sew hard that I vary nearly broke may arm.

Six errors. Everything there is a word and only one of the errors (may) is printed wrong because of pronunciation issues. The rest is context.
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03 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Very true I think I'll wait for technology to advance!
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