Okay, I just did a clean install of OS 9.1 onto Connie (PM8600 with 500MHz upgrade, 512MB RAM). I am running the base extension set with speech recognition turned on (all related items in the package). This is as vanilla as it can be.
SR fails to start and suggests I reinstall or restart (tried both). Text-to-Speech seems to work okay.
What can I do to make it work? (Yes, in a previous software config many moons ago, SR worked on this hardware but I cannot recreate that environment - hence the clean install...)