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Can Garmin Mobile PC use a better TTS voice?
mitch04
Hi. I just bought Garmin Mobile PC. Everything installs fine. I have my map here, but the TTS voice is really bad, very hard to understand. It's American English - Anna (speaks street names).

Now I'm an Aussie, so is it possible to download a TTS voice from Garmin? I also have a portable Garmin. I tried copying the VPM file from there and putting it in garminmobilepc into the voice folder. It's not letting me be able to choose it from the voice menu, its not there.

Any suggestions would be great

Thank you
Mitchell
tcassidy
Check Post #13 in this recent thread.

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/4028-best-laptop-gps-software

Terry
Ken in Regina
If you need TTS, you can only use the two Microsoft voices. Have you tried Mary to see if she is any easier to understand.

Part of your problem may be that those two voices are synthesized rather than human voices. They are hard even for me to understand. I'm Canadian so I can speak and understand most American dialects because we get a lot of their TV and movies up here.

I know it's blasphemy but you could try the British English voice and see if it's any more understandable. That's the one I use. The problem is that you won't get street names in the voice guidance if you don't select one of the Microsoft voices.

When you copied the vpm file from your Garmin handheld, did you make sure you gave it the filename of one of the existing Mobile PC voice files? If not, you will never see it. Mobile PC will only allow you to select one of the voice files it supplies with the installation or the Microsoft synthesized TTS voices.

...ken...
mitch04
Just tried that, renamed it exactly. I used the Deutsch__ and replaced it with my one from my handheld Garmin with English_Australian_Lee renamed it Deutsch__ which is 15mb and it just didn't respond, no voice at all happened.

Any other solutions? Thanks.

Where about is Anna located on my computer? It's not in the Garmin folder, where could it be?

I just found this text to speech in the control panel in, I see I can only choose Microsoft Anna in voice selection. So there must be a way to add more in the list.

Also why does it take 20 sec to start up? Then it freezes randomly for example you set destination and takes while for it to load up? I have a very fast computer.

Thank you
Mitch
tcassidy
Maybe it is calculating the route to your destination.

Terry
mitch04
Its not just that, its when I click view maps it takes a while for the map to show up, entering an address takes a while. Just a lot of lag going on.

Thank you for the respond.
Mitch
tcassidy
I don't see that even on my UMPC (Celeron 900) - can't get much slower than that. Maybe you have something else running on your computer which is using the CPU.

Terry
mitch04
Yeah, not not using really any CPU power. Thanks though, but I'm more worried about trying to get the TTS voice working properly.

Thank you,
Mitch
tcassidy
The only 2 I know of from Microsoft that work for street names are Mary and Anna. I think others have discussed variations in the past but don't recall any of them working.

Terry
mrbombastic
You can use any installed Windows TTS voice with Garmin Mobile PC, but you will have to edit the registry. GMPC only use MS Mary or Anna.
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