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Dragon Naturally Speaking and Sound card

Postby johnson636 on Thu Sep 30, 2004 1:26 am

Just a couple of days ago, I posted a problem I had with not being able to play Star Wars Battlefront. I came to discover that my video card was quite outdated; Here's the link to that post http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic. ... highlight=

My question now is, could the same problem hold true with me having problems with Dragon Naturally Speaking. For those that are not familiar with this app, it is a voice recognition program. Could my sound card be the problem with dragon not working as advertised. I know some might say that I have to train my computer. Well, at first I had version 6 and I trained my computer for 8 months with no luck. I lost that app after a reformat, so I now have the latest version 7 perfered. The same mistakes that V6 made, v7 also made. I'm not talking about mistakes like Ice Cream and I scream, I'm talking about Me saying cat and it types monkey. In the "getting started" part of the program, It gives a visual example of a man Talking and the computer typing what he says. He's talking at a moderate and regular speaking manner and the computer is right on point with no mistakes at all. Also Ive seen, on TLC, doctors using a voice recgnition program during their procedures speaking with masks on their faces and there computer isn't making mistakes. Could it be my system setup.

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Postby Justin42 on Thu Sep 30, 2004 11:04 pm

You may need a better sound card as well; onboard sound is notoriously bad and as the adage states "garbage in, garbage out" -- if Dragon is getting low quality (noisy, choppy, etc) sound in from your microphone/sound card, it's going to do a poor job.

That said, voice recognition software still has a very long ways to go. You have to be very precise, even at best. Keep in mind, you're using a $100 program with probably a $20 microphone, using an onboard sound card that probably cost less than $5 in parts. Any advanced medical system (or even a more professional system) is going to cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. You get what you pay for. It's using dedicated hardware designed specifically to do one job; you're using Microsoft windows on a general purpose PC.

I think you should be getting better results than you claim to be getting, though, so look into getting a new sound card and a nice headset/microphone. More RAM wouldn't hurt, either.
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Postby Ian on Fri Oct 01, 2004 12:54 am

Before getting a new soundcard, I'd try a different mic. In particular, I'd try one of the ones that go on your head that you can talk directly into.
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Postby hoxlund on Fri Oct 01, 2004 12:08 pm

you could try a usb microphone, and if the problem still occurs just return the microphone to the retail store that you bought it at
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