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Workstation Power-Up Speech Synthesized Error Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114857D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Robinson, JT: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing easy-to-understand information about errors occurring during personal computer or workstation power-up at a point before the display is useable.

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Workstation Power-Up Speech Synthesized Error Messages

      Disclosed is a method for providing easy-to-understand
information about errors occurring during personal computer or
workstation power-up at a point before the display is useable.

      Currently, during the power-up sequence of many personal
computers and workstations, the power-up code (stored in ROM)
generates a series of beeps.  If certain errors occur before the
display is useable (for example, missing or bad display adapter), the
type of error may be indicated by the pattern of beeps.  However,
this is a poor method of indicating errors to end-users, since it is
not immediately clear what a given pattern of beeps means.
Furthermore,
the pattern of beeps indicating an error may vary, even on a given
model
of workstation, if for example a processor upgrade is installed.

      An improved method for indicating errors of this type is to use
a speech synthesizer chip (connected to the already existing speaker
and interfaced, for example, by memory-mapping to the system CPU) for
generating intelligible messages (for example, "internal CPU error
detected", "display adapter not installed", etc.).  Since speech
synthesizer chips typically require a small number of bits per
phoneme,
very little additional power-up sequence ROM space would be required.