Microphone Problem

Waleed Hamra kubuntu-users at whamra.com
Wed May 18 22:27:11 UTC 2011

On 05/18/2011 10:37 AM, tv.debian at googlemail.com wrote:
> 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).

no pulseaudio here :) i ditched it long ago.

Waleed K. Hamra
Manager of Hamra Information Systems

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