Installer Dialog Starts promptly, and encounters no problem until installation begins.
What does not
The install process hits several "unhandled exception" errors, preventing me from testing any functionality. (see extra comments)
What was not tested
All program features outside of the installer.
Windows version was changed to Windows7, and WineTricks was used to install .NET4.0 before the installer was run, as in the previous test. The first attempt to install failed. The ISSetupPrerequisites folder on the disk shows that MSXML4.0 SP2 is also needed. A fresh wineprefix was created to prevent issues, MSXML/.NET preloaded, and the original process repeated. Second attempt failed with no change to errors recieved. The errors all start with this line: "Unhandled exception: page fault on read access to 0x00000007 in 64-bit code"
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 21 2016||1.9.12||Yes||No||Garbage||an anonymous user|
|Show||Fedora 23 x86_64||Jan 25 2016||1.9.1||Yes||Yes||Bronze||NSLW|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 07 2015||1.7.44||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 08 2015||1.7.38||Yes||Yes||Gold||Wayno|
|Show||Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 20 2013||1.7.4||Yes||Yes||Silver||Susan Cragin|
For all installations, it's a good idea to set the Windows version to Windows 8.
Set winetricks fontfix.
For 64-bit users:
Currently NatSpeak installs flawlessly in wine-1.7.4 and runs in any wine version up to wine-1.7.7. It installs flawlessly in 1.7.7 but then does not run. ??
As of wine 3.6(staging), and possibly earlier, NatSpeak 12.5 installs and runs under a 64-bit wineprefix.
I installed it on 28-Apr-2018 and the only special concession I made to the wineprefix was to uninstall mono. Installing dotnet 40 with winetricks also works. Both optiions tell the program that an inadequate version of net is installed, and prompt the program to install its own.
After the installation, it says you have to reboot. I kill wineserver at the terminal and then start the installation process over. It does, bypassing the net installation.
All in all, NatSpeak works wonderfully now, and version 12.5 is very accurate and the latest low-end (and cheap) version to work well.