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I have enabled dictation in the preferences, but it fails to start.

When I tap fn fn, the Icon with three dots appears, and quickly disappears. I don't see a microphone.

My system is connected to the Internet with an ADSL router, through an Ethernet LAN. I have temporarily disabled the router firewall, but it does not seem to help.

My system is in French (but I think "Dictation" should work since it is indeed called '"Dictée")

How can I have logs?

What can I investigate?

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I had the same problem and it drove me crazy! This helped me:

  1. Go to ~/Library/Preferences ( ++G )
  2. Locate and move it to the Trash
  3. Open Dictation & Speech preference panel, disable dictation
  4. Reboot
  5. Re-enable Dictation & Speech.


PS This hint has the nicest side-effect: In Mail, all accounts used to be offline after sleep (Small triangle icons next to account), and would only come back on after quitting and restarting Now, all is well again. Ts!

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+1 for your answer, but I can't confirm I can't formally accept it, because I did no specific actions, and Dication is working today. – rds Dec 22 '12 at 12:25
Good to hear it works now! Can’t confirm you can’t accept? Yes please :) And merry Holidays to You. – myhd Dec 22 '12 at 13:29

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