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Looking for a better TTS voice

I'm looking for something better than Microsoft Sam. I've downloaded several programs, including those on the official Microsoft website, that should have installed Microsoft Mike and Microsoft Mary. None of them have had any effect. What am I missing?

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I found a program called ReadPlease 2003 which fit my needs nicely. Unlike most freeware/shareware programs, it runs independent of the MS voices that are installed.

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Go to Garmin's Web Updater webpage and download and install the program. Follow the directions to update the firmware and voices. TTS types are "Text To Speech" and will read and speak street names, like "Turn right to Elm Street, etc. Those that lack TTS are standard voices - they will only say "Turn right in 100 feet" in the same place on the road.

Go though the device menu settings and make sure that you have a voice selected "Jack US English" or "Jill US English" are the typical TTS voices chosen for US English speaking drivers.

Good luck!

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All of a sudden my Garmin Nuvi 850 won't say street names, just turn left or right

It may have switched voices. Some of the voices are basic and do not say the street names.
  • Press TOOLS (The spanner icon in the bottom right corner of the screen which shows WHERE TO and VIEW MAP)
  • Press LANGUAGE
  • Press VOICE and select an English speaking voice that ends with the letters TTS (TTS stands for text to speech)
If you don't have one on your satnav you can download them. Download and install, to your computer, the latest version of WEBUPDATER from
Connect your satnav to your computer and run the WEBUPDATER program
It will search for updates and you should install any it finds. Afterwards it will find optional updates including voices. Tick the ones you want and download them to your satnav. When you have disconnected your satnav from your computer you'll need to select a voice as described in the first paragraph above

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I cant seem to get turn by turn street anouncement on my garmin 1310 is there something i need to do on my menu. many thanks

Press TOOLS ( the spanner symbol on the screen that shows WHERE TO and VIEW MAP)
Press SETTINGS (The spanner symbol)
Press LANGUAGE (The lips icon)
Press VOICE. Select a voice from an English speaking country that ends in TTS. The TTS letters stand for "Text to Speech" and indicates that this voice will name the streets. Some of the voices are more basic and are unable to.

If you don't have a TTS voice on the satnav you can download them. Install WEBUPDATER on your computer from
When it's installed connect your satnav to your computer with the mini USB lead and run the WEBUPDATER program. The program will look for updates to your satnav software. Install the updates and when it's finished it will look for optional updates includingn Voices. Select only English speaking voices with tts added to the end of the names and download them.

When the download is complete and you've disconnected your satnav from the computer you'll need to select a tts voice as described in the first paragraph above.

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To get tts (text to speech) you have to use a computer generated voice. TomTom does not offer many tts voices, but you can download tts voices thru TomTom Home.

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Changing Microsoft default voice

Use the Speech Engine Configurations tab of the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in for Microsoft Speech Server (MSS) 2004 to change the default voice used by applications for text-to-speech (TTS) processing, or to specify an application-specific TTS voice.
This is the voice that callers hear when an application must synthesize speech output rather than use prerecorded prompts. For more information, see the section on the prompt engine in the topic Producing Speech Output.
To modify the default voice
  1. Open the MMC Administration console. (For instructions,
    To open the MMC Administration console for MSS
    1. Click Start.
    2. Select All Programs, Microsoft Speech Server 2004, and then click MSS Management Console.
      Note If you do not have Administrator rights on the computer you are using to open MMC, you will be prompted to enter a valid Administrator ID and password)

  2. In the console tree, expand the applicable group.
  3. In the details pane, double-click the computer running SES to open the SES properties page.
  4. Click the Speech Engine Configurations tab.
  5. Under Engine Configurations:, select DefaultVoice.
  6. In the Engine Name drop-down list, select the voice to use for all applications by default.

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Garmin StreetPilot c340 settings

In order to get the unit to speak out street names, you have to have selected a voice that has a (TTS) next to it. This stands for Text-to-Speech. Press the button that looks like a wrench at the bottom of the main screen. Then press the button that looks like a pair of lips. You should see a menu with language and voice choices. Make sure you see the (TTS) next to the one you choose. The unit should then speak the name of the streets for you.

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Garmin 760 dont speek street names ?

In the voice setup, you have to choose a voice that has TTS (text to speech) option. The other voices, while they might sound better, can't read street names. Once I selected a voice that has TTS it started working.

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Garmin Nuvi 260 - how to activate text to speech

Question: How do I change the Voice Language setting on my nuvi 2xx?
--> Answer: All of the Garmin® automotive GPS units that speak street names are also loaded with basic voice prompts (example: Turn Right in 500 feet) as well as Text-to-Speech (TTS) voices that speak street names. If one of the basic types of voice prompts has been selected, the voice prompts will not speak street names. In order to change this setting on the nüvi® 2xx series, follow these steps:
  1. In the Main Menu, touch Tools (Wrench icon).
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Press the Down arrow in the bottom right corner.
  4. Select Language.
  5. The first line on this screen is the Voice language. Touch the Current Voice option for the GPS device listed to change the Voice.
  6. Select a Voice that is labeled TTS. These will speak street names. Options without the TTS label will say the distance until the next turn, but will not include the street name.
  7. Select OK. The Voice has now been changed.
The device should now speak street names. This is tghe solution that I found on the Garmin site. It worked for my device. Hope this is helpful. solution = solution1description.innerHTML; Last modified on: 04/14/2008
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