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  • mofodojo Level 1 (0 points)

    HUH?

  • deggie Level 9 (52,662 points)

    I'm sorry, I failed to notice the southern california location.

     

    PLUG IN YOUR HEADSET (that has a microphone in it) FROM YOUR IPHONE 4S INTO THE MICROPHONE PORT ON YOUR COMPUTER, SWITCH TO THAT INPUT, HOLD THE MICROPHONE IN FRONT OF YOUR MOUTH AND SEE IF THAT IMPROVES THE QUALITY.

     

    It is just to test to see if background noise is the problem.

  • loyking Level 1 (5 points)

    Eagledup: check parental controls.

     

    Mofodojo : yours sound like an environmental noise problem. Whereas the iPhone comes with noise-cancelling microphones, most Macs (MacBooks and iMacs) don't AFAIK. What deggie is suggesting is for you to plug in your earbuds/microphone that comes supplied with your iPhone. This sometimes helps to isolate environmental noise so that your Mac can interpret your voice better.

     

    As for those of us who have dictation server connections issues requiring VPN connections to solve, no news so far from AppleCare as I am afraid. Might try to call them again.

  • loyking Level 1 (5 points)

    btw, shouting into the microphone (in all caps) probably won't help dictation work any better ;)

  • mofodojo Level 1 (0 points)

    loyking, never know, shouting may work better in Texas. Anyway, I'll give it try but, all efforts have been in a very quiet room. Having to use a headset vs the built-in mic. seems...half baked  (trying to be nice here). Try it once I get home, nothing to lose at this point..

  • deggie Level 9 (52,662 points)

    As someone else pointed out the 4s has noise reduction built into its chipset that your machine lacks, it could be a vibration you can barely hear that is interfering. But it is a test to try to take one piece out of the formula.

     

    P.S. I graduated from Pacoima Junior High (this was before it became Richie Valens Middle School) and San Fernando High School.

  • RAKANE Level 1 (0 points)

    While watching Charlie Rose interview a New York Times reporter a couple of nights ago, the reporter said that dictation is not happening on Apple's servers. The reporter said that the dictation translation is being 'farmed out' to another company.  He made this comment while discussing takeover targets that he thought Apple should buy.

     

    I am not a computer geek but have a lot of telecom experience. To me this problem looks like network congestion and unwanted delays triggering failures in data stream continuity.

  • chudq Level 1 (0 points)

    This solution (adding DSN IPs) works fine for me. Thank you!

     

    By the way, if you enabled sticky keys from Accessibily (in System Preferrence), dictation will not work. At least I could not find a way to keep both skicky keys and dictation co-exist.

  • abdulla119 Level 1 (0 points)

    hello .

     

    can you explain to me what you do exactly . because i do everythink put still not working .

     

     

    thanks

  • chudq Level 1 (0 points)

    I "wrote" a blog by using Dictation. Here is the detail how you set up DNS: http://davidchumac.blogspot.ca/2012/08/my-experience-with-mountain-lion.html

     

    Since I have strong accent, Dictation does not work well for me. Sorry for so many wrong words and incorrect sentences in my blog. I think you may get what I mean.

  • abdulla119 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi again

     

    i put dns saim what you do put still not working , i have i mac 27 ich - in im dubai .

  • chudq Level 1 (0 points)

    I mentioned in my blog that if you have sticker keys enabled, the Dictation would not work. Check your System Preference->Accessibility. There you should make sure the check box for Skicky Keys is cleared.

  • abdulla119 Level 1 (0 points)

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    it clear ...

  • mofodojo Level 1 (0 points)

    Found the solution for me, it is the lowest of low tech. After finding the location of the built-in mic. on my 27" iMac, (top of the monitor, facing the ceiling), I tried standing & speaking down toward the mic.--HALLELUJAH!, works perfectly. Obviously not THE solution, but now I know I need a decent external mic. Interesting in that for facetime calls, the built-in mic. works fine, folks can hear me well. Apparently current software cannot understand human speech as well as a person. Obvious question; why aim the mic. upward instead of toward the user? Oh well, off to buy a unidirectional, noise cancelling, cheap microphone!

  • ahmad h m a Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you this work for me also