sound with skype

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at
Thu Dec 15 06:11:27 UTC 2011

On 15/12/11 06:15, Errol Sapir wrote:
> Thanks Mark. I opened the kmix and am now starting to play with various
> combinations of hardware and setting possibilities. Meanwhile to no
> avail. The sound can be heard but no microphone. Will continue to
> experiment and report but my feeling is that the whole configuration is
> wrong. Maybe "pulseaudio server (local)" which is the only option I have
> in skype for sound isn't correct. I don't know.
> Errol
> On 12/14/2011 11:07 AM, Mark Greenwood wrote:
>> The icon bounces because KMix is already running - it's the icon in
>> the panel. If you click that icon you'll get a volume control. At the
>> bottom should be a button you can click to open the mixer. From there
>> you should be able to select which input to use for recording.
>> Mark
>> On 14 Dec 2011, at 00:31, Errol Sapir wrote:
>>> mmmm. Getting no recording on audacity.
>>> When I try to open kmix the icon bounces for a few seconds and then
>>> closes. I cannot open kmix. Tried re-installing & rebooting but no
>>> change. Looks like my problem is there.
>>> I can control the speaker volume from the icon on the panel, but no kmix.
>>> Now what?
>>> Errol
>>> On 12/13/2011 08:11 PM, Mark Greenwood wrote:
>>>> On 13 Dec 2011, at 14:58, Errol Sapir wrote:
>>>>> Mark I don't know if it's just skype. The only program I need a
>>>>> microphone for is Skype. To answer your hardware question. I have a
>>>>> Gigabit GA K8NF motherboard with everything OB except the monitor
>>>>> card which is a NVidia.I have a AMD 3500 CPU and 2 giga ram. Hope
>>>>> that info is useful.
>>>> The most useful information would be to try recording with something
>>>> else, like audacity. This will tell you if it's a Skype problem or
>>>> if you just need to select an appropriate input in KMix.
>>>> Mark
>>>>> Errol
>>>>> On 12/13/2011 02:47 PM, Mark Greenwood wrote:
>>>>>> Is it just Skype? Can you record into another application (e.g.
>>>>>> audacity)?. If not then you probably need to mess with the mixer
>>>>>> (alsamixer) or KMix to select the correct audio input. Depending
>>>>>> on your sound card there might be some alsa module options that
>>>>>> need to be set. What computer is it?
>>>>>> Mark
>>>>>> On 13 Dec 2011, at 12:15, Errol Sapir wrote:
>>>>>>> I have had a microphone/sound problem with Kubuntu while trying
>>>>>>> to use Skype since version Nattty. I thought that by upgrading to
>>>>>>> Oneiric the problem would be solved but that wasn't what
>>>>>>> happened. I cannot use the microphone in Skype. The loudspeakers
>>>>>>> work, i.e. I hear but cannot speak to anyone, not even does the
>>>>>>> test microphone work. On the same computer my dual-booted Windows
>>>>>>> 7 works flawlessly.
>>>>>>> I have (in the past) removed pulse-sound, tried working without
>>>>>>> it, added it again and tried many workarounds to no avail. Any
>>>>>>> solution will be appreciated.
>>>>>>> TIA
>>>>>>> Errol
>>>>>>> --

Have you checked in System Settings - Multimedia - Phonon to make sure 
your hardware is "enabled" the correct chosen, especially (needless to 
say) for the microphone input?

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