Microphone Problem

Richard S. Crawford richard at underpope.com
Wed May 18 22:35:54 UTC 2011

On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM, Waleed Hamra <kubuntu-users at whamra.com>wrote:

> 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.

I admit that I'm baffled as to why PulseAudio continues to be shipped with
Kubuntu. It's never caused me anything but grief, and I always have to
remove it before I can get sound working on my system.


Richard S. Crawford (richard at underpope.com)
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