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Aurora 3.0 for Windows

This version of Aurora for Windows is no longer supported. Please upgrade to version 3.05.

Known Problems

Problem: Aurora does not support Microsoft Speech API 5.x
Solution: Unfortunately, Microsoft has abandoned backwards compatibility with their SAPI 5.x release and Aurora does not yet support SAPI 5.x. If you have Windows XP or already have SAPI 5.x, you can also install SAPI 4.0a (included on the Aurora CD) on the same computer to gain Microsoft speech support for Aurora.

Problem: Aurora Prediction and Echo do not work with ICQ 2000 beta, problems in some areas with previous versions.
Fix: ICQ uses a Windows "reserved" feature in such a way that it confuses Aurora.
1) Install the latest version of Aurora 3 (16M).
2) Once 3.05.0007 is installed, you need to edit the [Aurora] section of the AURORA.INI file in your AWIN3 directory using Notepad as follows:

[Aurora]
ReservedBit=3

ReservedBit can be between 0 and 3. 1 does not work with Microsoft Works. 2 is the default, but does not work with ICQ.
3) Restart Windows to make sure the update to AURORA.INI has been comitted.
4) Start Aurora Prediction, About should show version 3.0.5.0007

Problem: You have Dec Access 32 but it doesn't display in the list of speech synthesizers.
Answer: Please read this answer on our Speech Synthesizers FAQ.

Problem: You get error messages about missing .DLL's or other odd Windows error messages when you start an Aurora program in Windows 95, 98 or NT.
Fix: The most likely cause of this problem is the Microsoft Speech API. To determine if this is in fact the problem:

1) Open My Computer
2) Open your C: drive (assuming you installed Aurora on C:)
3) Open the AWIN3 folder
4) Find the file MSSAPI.AV3
5) Click on the icon once
6) Hold the Alt key and click on the word MSSAPI.AV3, the word will become highlighted with a blinking cursor
7) Press the right arrow key
8) Press the backspace key
9) Press the X key, this will rename the file MSSAPI.AVX
10) Click on the icon again
11) Close all open folders and restart Windows
12) Start an Aurora program and see if you still have the same error messages

If the error messages have gone away, there is a problem with Microsoft SAPI on your computer. You can try installing the SPCHAPI.EXE and MSTTSL.EXE programs to install Microsoft Speech API 4.0a and the Microsoft speech synthesizers respectively. These files are contained in the MSSAPI folder of the Aurora 3.0 for Windows CD. Afterwards, go through the above instructions again to rename MSSAPI.AVX back to MSSAPI.AV3 to reenable Aurora's support for MS SAPI. Restart Windows. Start an Aurora program. If you don't get any error messages, go into Voice Options. Select a voice starting in [SAPI], we usually recommend Sam. Click on the Test button to see if it talks. If it works, great. If it doesn't work or you are still getting strange error messages, you likely are not going to be able to use the Microsoft Speech API voices. If it isn't going to work, select the Aurora Realvoice in Voice Options, and go through the instructions above again to disable Aurora's support for the Microsoft Speech API.

Problem: Abbreviation expansions and automatic corrections sometimes don't work.
Fix: Oops! Install the latest version of Aurora 3 (16M).

Problem: During installation, you selected a custom installation and chose to install in a directory other than C:\AWIN3 but Aurora still puts some files in C:\AWIN3.
Workaround: This only happens if you have an Aurora Registration number that supports the client/server network installation. To make sure that all files end up where you want, choose Custom/Network Install, click on the Destination Path button and enter where you want Aurora to install then click on OK. Now click on the Network Workstation radio button, then click on the Network Path button and enter again where you want Aurora to install and click OK. Now click on the Standalone Workstation radio button. Make sure that both Network Path and Destination Path are set to the directory you want Aurora installed to. If they are, then proceed with installation normally.

Problem: In Windows 98 ONLY Aurora forgets voice driver settings after you restart Windows.
Workaround: Windows 98 doesn't close programs properly when it shuts down. To make sure your settings are saved to disk, go into Voice Options in any Aurora program and check "Show Aurora Voice Server" which will make a voice server window appear on your desktop. Any time you change voice settings, make sure you close all Aurora programs including the Aurora Voice Server before you shut down. This will make sure that the settings are saved to disk.
Fix: Install the latest version of Aurora 3 (16M).

Problem: Aurora Voice Server crashes when you try to go into the Voice Options dialog.
Fix: You most likely have an older version of SAPI installed on your computer. Download SAPI 4.0a here (847K) or install it from the MSSAPI directory on the Aurora 3.0 for Windows CD.

Problem: Aurora gives the error message "Aurora will not be able to talk because no 32-bit Aurora Voice Driver speech synthesizer driver files (*.AV3) were found" at startup.
Fix: Some Microsoft operating systems, specifically Windows NT 4 Server with fixpack 6 (possibly others) have a bug in their directory support.
1) Install the latest version of Aurora 3 (16M).
2) Once this is installed, you need to edit your AURORA.INI file using Notepad or some other ASCII editor to change the [Voice] section to add the line:

NTDirectoryBug=1

You will need to do this for each AURORA.INI file if you are using the multiuser features of Aurora.

Problem: You receive the error message "VSERV32 caused an invalid page fault in module MSSAPI.AV3 at 0157:00623085." from the Aurora Voice Server.
Fix: Install the latest version of Aurora 3 (16M).

Problem: SAPI synthesizers cause the Aurora Voice Server to crash when you choose a different synthesizer.
Fix: Download SAPI 4.0a here (847K) or install it from the MSSAPI directory on the Aurora 3.0 for Windows CD.

Problem: Sometimes Aurora Prediction (32 bit version) doesn't work right when the CAPSLOCK key is on in Windows 95 and above. For example, it changes "HE3" to "heLLO" rather than "HELLO."
Fix: Install the latest version of Aurora 3 (16M).

Problem: On Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 1, install is sometimes unable to put the Aurora Prediction icon into the Startup group so that Aurora Prediction will be started when Windows starts.
Fix:You can either put a Shortcut to Aurora Prediction in the Startup folder yourself or upgrade to Windows NT Service Pack 3 and reinstall Aurora.

Problem: On Windows 3.1 if you maximize the Prediction window, sometimes when you choose the restore button at the top right corner of the prediction window, Aurora Prediction stops with a stack fault.
Workaround:If the window is actually maximized (the restore button with the two arrows pointing up and down is visible) click on the system menu at the left side of the prediction window and click on restore. If restore is grayed, take the mouse and resize the window using the sizing borders at the edge of the prediction window. If the program still crashes, quit Aurora Prediction, open the file \AWIN3\AURORA.INI with an ASCII editor like Notepad and remove the following lines:

PredictX=nnn
PredictY=nnn
PredictWidth=nnn
PredictHeight=nnn
Minimized=nnn

Where nnn are different numbers. This will cause Aurora Prediction to start in its default location next time.
Fix: Coming.

Problem: The Aurora Realvoice complains that it is not registered or that its registration has expired. It seems to do this every other time it speaks.
Problem:Aurora Echo speaks once, then never again.
Fix: Install the latest version of Aurora 3 (16M).

Problem: Westwood's Command & Conquer Red Alert, Counterstrike and Aftermath cause Windows or part of Windows to crash.
Explanation: The Windows versions of these programs are incompatible with Aurora Prediction. If you are going to play these games, make sure you quit Aurora Prediction first. The same problem is exhibited if these titles are started by Windows Autoplay if Aurora Prediction is running.
Fix: Coming.

Problem:Dec Access 32 makes staticky sounds when it talks.
Fix: Download SAPI 4.0a here (847K) or install it from the MSSAPI directory on the Aurora 3.0 for Windows CD. If that doesn't fix the problem, you need a faster computer.

Problem: Voice Server 16-bit Version Hangs Briefly if No Voice Selected
Workaround: If you have no speech synthesizer selected and are running the 16-bit version of the Voice Server, Voice Server will appear to hang for a few seconds after you click on the OK button for the "Aurora will not be able to talk because there is no voice driver selected under Voice Options..." error message. Wait for the timeout error to appear, then choose a speech synthesizer to get rid of this error message.

Problem: The 16-bit Aurora Realvoice doesn't work in Windows 98.
Fix: Coming.
Workaround: Use the 32-bit Voice Server and Aurora Realvoice.

Problem: Using the 32-bit Aurora Voice Server in Windows 95 and 98 with the 16-bit Aurora applications causes the Voice Server to crash.
Fix: Coming.
Workaround: Use the 32-bit applications.

Problem: When you type a homonym Aurora doesn't make a sound or the Aurora Spellchecker doesn't make a sound when a word is misspelled.
Fix: Aurora uses Windows standard sounds for these alerts. In Windows 3.1 go to Program Manager, Main, Control Panel, Sounds and make sure there are .WAV files selected for Asterisk and Exclamation. In Windows 95 and above go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, Sounds and make sure there are .WAV files selected for Asterisk and Exclamation.

Problem: The Aurora 3.0 for Windows CD-ROM is blank, or the computer thinks it is a music CD.
Workaround: This version of Aurora for Windows is distributed on a CD-R rather than a CD-ROM. Some older or inexpensive CD-ROM drives and some DVD drives cannot read such disks. Some can be fixed with a driver update, contact your drive manufacturer for more information. The workaround for this problem is to find another computer with a CD-ROM drive and make diskettes from the CD-R following the instructions on page 5 of your Aurora for Windows 3.0 installation guide.

Problem: MAKEDISK A: doesn't work.
Workaround: Make sure your dos prompt is currently on your CD-ROM drive by typing the drive letter followed by a colon : and then pressing enter. Then make sure you are in the root directory by typing CD\ and pressing enter. Try MAKEDISK again. If you still cannot get MAKEDISK to work, get 11 blank, 1.44M, formatted disks. Use File Manager in Windows 3.1 or Explorer in Windows 95, 98 or NT 4.0 to copy INSTALL.EXE INSTALL.OVR and INSTALL.HLP plus AURORA3.000 to disk 1. Copy AURORA3.001 to disk 2, and so on up until disk 11.

Problem: You have problems using the Creative Labs TextAssist DecTalk program for speech output in Aurora.
Fix: Obtain TAWSWGUP.EXE from Creative Labs World Wide Web site http://www.creaf.com to upgrade your TextAssist program to version 1.3. Follow the instructions for installation. Quit all Aurora programs. Rename the file CTSFRAME.DLL in your AWIN3 directory to CTSFRAME.BAK. Restart your computer.

Problem: In Microsoft Excel 97 if you click on a cell and then type in text, the word prediction will ignore the first letter you type.
Explanation: This problem is due to Excel switching you to a different window after you type the first letter. Aurora keeps track of the suggestion list and the keys you have typed on a window by window basis so when Excel switches windows mid-word, Aurora has no way of telling that the two windows are related.
Workaround: Quit all Aurora programs. Edit the AURORA.INI file and remove any Watch lines that contain the word "EXCEL" for example:

Watch14=EXCEL6
Watch15=EXCEL7

Add the line below replacing the ## with a number greater than the number in any other Watch##= lines in your AURORA.INI file.

Watch##=EXCEL<

You can now save your changes to AURORA.INI and restart Prediction. Now to type numbers click in the cell and type the number, Aurora Prediction will not come on, and you won't have trouble with entering numbers selecting words from the prediction window. When you want to type text and have assistance from Aurora Prediction, click on the cell, then click on the formula entry window below the Excel toolbar and enter your text.

Problem: SoundBlaster AWE32 TextAssist DecTalk Doesn't Always Talk
Workaround: A bug in the SoundBlaster TextAssist program sometimes causes speech output to pause until the next speech output. This is especially apparent in Echo. The only workaround at this time is to say something more when the voice does not speak.

Problem: Aurora Prediction stays on all the time in Corel Draw 3.0.
Explanation: This is due to the way Corel Draw handles it's text windows. Aurora Prediction is not able to tell text from squares, circles and other graphics forms. If you prefer to use Corel Draw without help from Aurora Prediction, delete the "Watchn=CDraw" line from AURORA.INI where n is a number.

Problem: Aurora Echo is always one word behind Dragon Dictate.
Explanation: This is because Aurora Echo does not speak until it sees a space or punctuation at the end of a word. Dragon Dictate puts spaces at the start of a word, rather than the end, so it exhibits this problem. Please see the online help in Aurora Echo for the Speech Recognition Delay feature to rectify this problem.

Problem: The Aurora Realvoice won't talk when Dragon Dictate is in use.
Explanation: If you are using any software speech synthesizer with Dragon Dictate, you may find that it cannot speak. This is because your sound card's drivers are not "full duplex" and do not support WAVE output and speech input simultaneously. If you wish speech in this circumstance, you can ask your sound card manufacturer for full-duplex drivers, or you can add another sound card and appropriate drivers, or add an external speech synthesizer.

Hardware and Software Requirements

Minimum system requirements for Aurora 3.0 for Windows are Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0 (Service pack 3 or later recommended,) an 80386 CPU, 4M of RAM (16M recommended, 32 or 64 if you are buying a new computer) and 30-80M of disk space. The Aurora Realvoice requires a Windows supported sound card and 16M of RAM is recommended.

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