Re: Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Brian K. Lingard


From your description, appears your PC a year ago had an extremely overworked CPU or a large shortage of RAM.


SSD might help with the situation you describe; however, I suspect another 4 or 8 GB of RAM will work wonders. You may wish to change to the 64-bit version of MS Office if you have a 64-bit PC.


You may wish to run the Belarc Advisor on your PC, to ascertain its CPU, memory, disk etc. This program is free for personal use, provides a true treasure-trove of information about your PC.


Download from: HTTPS://WWW.BELARC.COM

Brian K. Lingard


From: [] On Behalf of Dave Grossoehme
Sent: January 18, 2019 5:00 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications


Good Afternoon:  I was working with a computer that did not have a SSD in it a year ago.  My experience was I had to wait between letters when write a message in an email message.  When reading anything my wait time between words was as much as 5 to 10 seconds between words.  In that years’ time you have seen a lot difference.  I am using nvda in my computer.  My sighted son could even see one to seconds between words when reading anything, no matter how much memory the program took up.  You can go

Onto the web and find refurbished computers.  I can tell you that a lot of the market has gone to SSD.

Insider Dave

1/11/2019 7:05 AM, Gene wrote:

That is a general statement and is not correct if you run a synthesizer that is not computer intensive.  I do not know how much more work it is to run an intensive synthesizer but because of slower response time while working with one, many blind people run a very responsive synthesizer such as Eloquence for actual working with the computer.  They use one of the newer more intensive synthesizers for listening to things where they will be just listening such as reading a book. 


A screen-reader when used with a synthesizer like Eloquence is not intensive.  I do not know whether an SSD increases responsiveness of the newer kind of synthesizer but my point is that you need not buy a much more expensive machine to use a screen-reader as I have described.  If you do, and if you benefit from doing so when you use a more intensive synthesizer for everything, you then have to consider the extra money you spent on the computer as part of the cost of the synthesizer and it may be unreasonable.  I am also not saying that getting a really fast computer would make newer synthesizers more responsive, I do not know.  I am talking about cost/benefit.



Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 5:19 AM

Subject: Re: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications


Dear Noah & List:

Running a screenreader adds a fair bit of work to a PC as you have a software synthesizer. You could offload the work of speaking by using a hardware synthesizer such as a Doubletalk or Triple talk. Your laptop needs SSD not a mechanical hard disk with 8, 16 or 32 GB RAM. 32 GB is best if you plan to do video and/or audio editing & recording. The PC at your school may have as little as one GB RAM and a slow CPU. Giving the laptop adequate RAM ids, more important that high-performance CPU. Look for a laptop with a fast, but not necessarily Intel I8 speed. An Intel I5 or six CPU should work fine. You consume CPU cycles a lot if you do sound or video editing, recalculate mammoth spreadsheets and run many programs concurrently.
Web browsing is light work for a PC.
Download the Belarc Advisor from HTTPS:// Run it on the problem computers at school. Lists the CPU chip, installed RAM, software licenses, everything worth knowing about the PC. Also gives information on the SSD or Hard Disk. Program is free for personal use.
Brian K. Lingard

From: [] On Behalf of Noah Carver via Groups.Io
Sent: January 10, 2019 6:53 PM
Subject: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Hi All,
I will need to get a laptop for school; however, the school machines cannot run NVDA plus Chrome and Word all at the same time without lagging.
What I need is a powerful machine that can handle email, office, and web Browsing, ETC. without wimping out on me while I am trying to do work. Do you have any recommendations for specs or any particular laptops that you might recommend?



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