Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2013 10:16 AM (in response to Hunaidi)
I had the same problem until I turned off my external music interface (DIGI 003). That was frezzing up system prefrences. So if any one has a music interface of any kind, try turn it off and see if that helps.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 12:02 PM (in response to Hunaidi)
I have found another solution. With more and more internet security companies coming out with security products for Mac OS there remains the possibility that your Mac "anti virus" could be blocking the connection to Apple's servers or have a protected keyboard feature. In my particular case Webroot Secure Anywhere was not allowing dictation to launch when activated (you would hear the beep but no purple mic came up). Unfortunatly I have not found a way to tell Webroot to ignore dictation...I simply advise disabling Webroot while needing to use dictation and then re-enabling when finished. Hope this helps!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2013 10:43 AM (in response to Agent489)
I just reported the problem to Webroot. The company is working on it as a result. A temporary workaround is to disable the Realtime Threat Shield setting "Monitor keyboard activity for keyloggers". Here is how to do that.
- Open Webroot (I'm using Webroot Secure Anywhere)
You should now see the name just to the right of the Apple.
- Select menu item Preferences.
- Click on Realtime Shield
- Uncheck "Monitor keyboard activity for keyloggers"
Hopefully Webroot will have a fix in a few days since they now know where to look for the offending code.
By the way I am now successfully using Dictate for this message. Thanks Agent 489.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2014 2:19 PM (in response to Hunaidi)
I'd like to say thank you to the Apple Programmers. I have had plenty of problems with Dictation. One was that if I hesitated in the middle of a sentence to think about how it should continue, and began again, Dictation omitted the space and capitalized the first letter. So unless I had the whole sentence in mind ahead of time, I had to do a lot of editing afterwards. Another problem was that dictation ignored the "caps off" command. Those problems seem to be fixed. Thanks, guys.
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