What does not
I attempted to get Text-to-Speech working, and have managed to get it to the point where Ventrilo can see the libraries and you can select the voice and such, but still no speech output.
To install the libraries, you need to install SpeechSDK51.exe from Microsoft's Website (just search for Speech SDK). After that is installed, you need to find sapi.dll and spttseng.dll (I downloaded both of version 5.1.4111.00). Put sapi.dll in ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Common Files/Microsoft Shared/Speech/ and put spttseng.dll in ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Common Files/SpeechEngines/Microsoft/TTS/1033/. Now Ventrilo will not complain about missing .dlls and also won't complain that the TTS libraries aren't installed; however, TTS still won't work. :-\
What was not tested
Note: to get Ventrilo working, you will need to acquire a copy of msgsm32.acm and place it in the ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system directory; then, you must modify the ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system.ini file: under where it says "drivers32," put "MSACM.msgsm610=msgsm32.acm" without the quotes.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Fedora 14 x86_64||Apr 15 2012||1.4-rc5||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||Fedora 15 x86||Sep 23 2011||1.3.24||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Dec 29 2010||1.3.10||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jan 04 2011||1.3.9||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Dieuwe de Boer|
|Show||Fedora 13 x86_64||Sep 21 2010||1.3.1||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
(OLD HOWTO - YOU SHOULD JUST BE ABLE TO INSTALL)
You must place a copy of msgsm32.acm in ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system for Ventrilo to work. This file can either be obtained from an existing Windows installation (C:\WINDOWS\System32), or it can be downloaded from Filefront (recommended) or Driverguide(free registration required).
Edit ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system.ini and add the following under the drivers32 section: MSACM.msgsm610=msgsm32.acm
Set winecfg audio settings to use ALSA, choose emulation for the acceleration, and tick the driver emulation box.ï¿½
Start Ventrilo.exe from where it was installed, create your user profile and enter setup. Disable all DirectInput and enable all DirectSound options. You may test your configuration in the test area and adjust any mixer settings as needed.
If you desire TTS, download and install ï¿½SpeechSDK51.exe.
If you are having problems with multiple soundcards, you may find this WoW forums thread helpful.
Make sure your microphone is working elsewhere on your system before troubleshooting Ventrilo specific issues. You should be able to use alsamixer to enable/boost/test your mic if it doesn't work already. Audacity may also be helpful for advanced mic troubleshooting.
Pulseaudio is installed by default on recent versions of Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Fedora Core. It is known to conflict with Wine (among other applications) on a hardware-dependant basis. Some people have reported success with using padsp and setting winecfg to use OSS, but this is not a guaranteed solution.
You may have to remove Pulseaudio via your package manager to get working sound. You may also have to remove a Pulseaudio-related file in /etc/X11/Xsession.d, set winecfg (and possibly other applications) to use ALSA, and possibly remove an asoundrc or asound.conf file in your home directory or in /etc.