sound with skype

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at gmail.com
Sat Jan 28 16:14:17 UTC 2012


On 28 Jan 2012, at 16:01, Nigel Ridley wrote:

> On 01/28/2012 04:07 PM, O. Sinclair wrote:
>> On 28/01/12 15:45, Nigel Ridley wrote:
>>> On 12/19/2011 03:12 AM, Mark Greenwood wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> OK there are two possibilities that spring to mind, let's try the easy
>>>> one first
>>>> 
>>>> First, start Skype and make sure the option 'Allow Skype to
>>>> automatically adjust my mixer levels' is NOT checked. This is very
>>>> important.
>>>> 
>>>> Now, sometimes pulseaudio chooses the wrong input as the default input
>>>> 
>>>> Open a terminal and type ''alsamixer'
>>>> Hit F4 to see the recording inputs
>>>> One of them will be chosen as the current capture input - it'll have
>>>> the word 'CAPTURE' in red underneath it.
>>>> In the mixer you use the left and right arrow keys to select a
>>>> control, up and down to change the levels, and space to select which
>>>> one is the current capture input.
>>>> Try changing the inputs and messing around with the levels and see if
>>>> you can get Skype or Audacity to record anything.
>>>> 
>>>> If that fails, then you may need to go into Kmix, open the mixer, from
>>>> the menu choose 'Settings->Audio Setup' and then the 'Audio Hardware
>>>> Setup' Tab.
>>>> This couldn't be more confusing if they tried but you have to:
>>>> Choose the correct sound card (probably 'Internal Audio')
>>>> Choose a profile (Analogue Stereo Duplex)
>>>> Choose Sound Device: Recording-Internal Audio Analogue Stereo
>>>> Then you may be able to select different inputs from 'Connector' -
>>>> things like 'Internal Microphone' or 'Analogue Microphone'
>>>> You'll get a level meter when you do this. If you can see it moving
>>>> then try 'Apply'ing those settings and try Skype again
>>>> 
>>>> Mark
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> On 18 Dec 2011, at 18:51, Errol Sapir wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> Hi Mark
>>>>> Here is the lspci -k result. Hope it helps you to understand what is
>>>>> going o.
>>>>> Errol
>>>>> 00:00.0 Memory controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 Memory Controller
>>>>> (rev a3)
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology GA-K8N Ultra-9 Mainboard
>>>>> 00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 ISA Bridge (rev a3)
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology GA-K8N Ultra-9 Mainboard
>>>>> 00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation CK804 SMBus (rev a2)
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology GA-K8N Ultra-9 Mainboard
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: nForce2_smbus
>>>>> Kernel modules: i2c-nforce2
>>>>> 00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 USB Controller (rev a2)
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology GA-K8N Ultra-9 Mainboard
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
>>>>> 00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 USB Controller (rev a3)
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology GA-K8N Ultra-9 Mainboard
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
>>>>> 00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 IDE (rev f2)
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology GA-K8N Ultra-9 Mainboard
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: pata_amd
>>>>> Kernel modules: pata_amd
>>>>> 00:07.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 Serial ATA Controller
>>>>> (rev f3)
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology GA-K8N Ultra-9 Mainboard
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: sata_nv
>>>>> Kernel modules: sata_nv
>>>>> 00:08.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 Serial ATA Controller
>>>>> (rev f3)
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology GA-K8N Ultra-9 Mainboard
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: sata_nv
>>>>> Kernel modules: sata_nv
>>>>> 00:09.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCI Bridge (rev a2)
>>>>> 00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: pcieport
>>>>> Kernel modules: shpchp
>>>>> 00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: pcieport
>>>>> Kernel modules: shpchp
>>>>> 00:0d.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: pcieport
>>>>> Kernel modules: shpchp
>>>>> 00:0e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: pcieport
>>>>> Kernel modules: shpchp
>>>>> 00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8
>>>>> [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
>>>>> 00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8
>>>>> [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
>>>>> 00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8
>>>>> [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
>>>>> 00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8
>>>>> [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: k8temp
>>>>> Kernel modules: k8temp
>>>>> 01:06.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8169
>>>>> Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)
>>>>> Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8169/8110 Family PCI
>>>>> Gigabit Ethernet NIC
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: r8169
>>>>> Kernel modules: r8169
>>>>> 01:07.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq 5880B [AudioPCI] (rev 02)
>>>>> Subsystem: Ensoniq Sound Blaster 16PCI 4.1ch
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: ENS1371
>>>>> Kernel modules: snd-ens1371
>>>>> 01:0a.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB82AA2 IEEE-1394b
>>>>> Link Layer Controller (rev 01)
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology GA-K8N Ultra-9 Mainboard
>>>>> Kernel modules: firewire-ohci
>>>>> 05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV380 0x3e50
>>>>> [Radeon X600]
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device 2100
>>>>> Kernel driver in use: radeon
>>>>> Kernel modules: radeon, radeonfb
>>>>> 05:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV380 [Radeon X600]
>>>>> (Secondary)
>>>>> Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device 2101
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> On 12/18/2011 12:09 PM, Mark Greenwood wrote:
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> There are still possibilities… it could be the kernel driver for
>>>>>> your sound card might need some tweaking, can you send the output of
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> lspci -k
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> and we'll see if there's anything we can find out.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> These things can be very frustrating and confusing when they don't
>>>>>> work, especially when pulseaudio is introduced into the mess. But if
>>>>>> we work from the bottom up we should be able to track down the problem.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Mark
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> On 18 Dec 2011, at 04:15, Errol Sapir wrote:
>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Thanks to all who have tried to help me with my problem. The reason
>>>>>>> I haven't replied sooner is that I was experimenting with all
>>>>>>> possible ways to get the microphone to work.The bottom line is that
>>>>>>> it still isn't working. It must have something to do with my
>>>>>>> configuration (or lack of). I'll list what I have tried, as I said
>>>>>>> without success, and not necessarily did I try things in the order
>>>>>>> written.
>>>>>>> I checked out my kmix configurations. There is mike 1 and mike 2 -
>>>>>>> none worked.
>>>>>>> I even changed my OB sound card to a creative ensoniq pci one.
>>>>>>> I uninstalled pulseaudio and the played around with various
>>>>>>> configurations.
>>>>>>> With all of the above I tried using the mike with skype and audacity.
>>>>>>> I guess it can't be the mike itself because it works in Windows.
>>>>>>> So I remain confused and frustrated.
>>>>>>> Errol
>>>>>> 
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>>>> 
>>> 
>>> After reading this thread I got encouraged and installed skype on my
>>> children's natty box.
>>> I can get sound from skype but no recording. We have a usb logitech
>>> webcam with built in mic; a usb headset and a regular 3.5 (?) jack plug
>>> headset. None of them work with skype but do work with audacity.
>>> I have tried all the settings I can find, those included in this thread
>>> and others but can't get the recording working with skype.
>>> 
>> 
>> My standard recommendation is to install Veromix widget to control Pulseaudio - it is WAY better
>> than KMix. In my opinion. To get KDE to activate built-in mic instead of line-in can be strangely
>> difficult.
>> 
>> But check System Settings - Multimedia - Phonon and the different tabs there to make sure it is
>> activated
>> 
>> 
> 
> I tried installing the Veromix widget but it failed to download (problem with connection to opendektop.org) so I manually downloaded it but it failed to install (is it really only 6.3kb?) But now when I try again from the 'Add new widgets' the 'install' button now says 'installing' and is grayed out. How do I get it to forget that I have already tried (and failed) to install it?
> 

Try, from a terminal,

plasmapkg -r veromix

If that fails you could try to just delete it - it'll be in ~/.kde/share/apps/plasma or something along those lines (I'm not on a Kubuntu box to check)

Mark


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