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I have this bizarre problem. whenever I open sound preferences from indicator-sound in natty the orca speech-dispatcher runs in a terminal in a loop mode. I cannot close the terminal neither can I kill the process. I don't know what gnome-orca does except for it being a visual assistant application. Has anyone else faced this problem ??

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What did you do in order to try to kill the process? – belacqua Apr 19 '11 at 22:07
sudo kill -9 orca-pid .. I disabled visual assistant from startup application and its gone but I don't think thats the solution – sagarchalise Apr 20 '11 at 2:29
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Go to System Settings then Assistive Technologies, and turn either turn it off completely, or change out orca in the Applications settings.

It may also work to just remove orca with sudo apt-get remove gnome-orca . This assumes you don't need Orca.

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I bumped into this wondering about this problem, and I solved it a different way at about the same time. This seems to happen if you disable Visual Assistance in Startup Preferences. I turned it back on and the problem went away.

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I've had this happen to me, the way I got around it was to uninstall gnome-orca from the Synaptic Package Manager as I saw no reason for myself to have it. After I'd uninstalled it, I didn't encounter anymore problems.

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Same problem. 11.04 beta. Tried apt-get remove gnome-mag with no luck. The simple hackish answer is

sudo mv /usr/bin/orca ~/orca

which will stop the program from opening, leaving the executable in your home directory, should you need to mv it back.

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I am running Ubuntu 13.04.

Faced this issue. Sound was coming, even after removing orca.

Resolved by:

Go to sound settings. Click on Applications tab and switch-off speech dispatcher.

I hope it will help.

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