Microphone Problem

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Wed May 18 07:37:24 UTC 2011

18/05/2011 06:18, O. Sinclair wrote:
> On 18/05/2011 03:53, Waleed Hamra wrote:
>> i'm having a very weird problem.
>> i have never thought of using my microphone before, but this week, i
>> decided to give it a try.
>> after some fiddling with alsamixer, i managed to see what controls i
>> need to control its volume, and what levels are acceptable between high
>> enough volume, and not too high to cause nasty feedback loops. so
>> basically, now when i speak into the microphone, i hear my sound coming
>> from the speakers. i thought all is fine... but alas... no
>> NONE of the programs i tried managed to detect the faintest of sounds.
>> i tried skype, i tried audacity, i tried arecorder, even ran virtualbox
>> and checked Windows' sound recorder, nothing, they all hear nothing,
>> yet... i am hearing myself during all the tests, on the speakers... this
>> is really really confusing.
>> anyone has any ideas?
> Try installing either pavucontrol or the veromix plasmoid and then play
> around with input channels. The Pulseaudio system is not yet well
> supported in KMix but depending on version is default in Kubuntu. I like
> veromix as it is "native kde" and can sit in the systray. I have
> basically replaced KMIx with Veromix.
Or... ditch pulseaudio. I had endless problems after the natty upgrade,
I removed pulseaudio, paid a visit to systemsettings "multimedia"
settings, and sound started to work again (with phonon gstreamer backend).

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