Webcam - sound

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Tue Mar 13 13:14:12 UTC 2012

On 13/03/12 19:32, Neil Winchurst wrote:
> On 12/03/12 22:02, Basil Chupin wrote:
>> Thanks for this.
>> But the only hassle with the last para re Mint n the laptop: as I
>> already mentioned in my earlier suggestions to you re getting the mic
>> working is that pulse sits *ON* *TOP* of alsa - without alsa there is no
>> pulseaudio. Once you get alsa working then you can use pulseaudio and
>> its pavucontrol to control the audio.
>> BC
> Well, I am not very knowledgeable about how sound works in Linux. My
> laptop made no mention of pulseaudio. When I was setting up the webcam
> for Skype I went to the audio section under options and found a list of
> possible inputs, stating that it was using Alsa. I chose the webcam from
> the list and it just worked.
> On my desktop, when trying to set up Skype sound, I found no such list
> so I had to use the methods shown in the video as mentioned earlier. So
> I found the sound set up for my laptop quickly and simply. For my
> desktop it took three days of research to get there.
> So, is it possible to use Alsa alone, without pulseaudio?

One of the first things I try and do is get rid of pulseaudio and just 
use alsa. So, the answer is YES.

However, for some reason only known to some, it suddenly became 
impossible to delete pulseaudio on some distros :-( . In this/these 
cases I simply ignore pulseaudio and just go with alsa.

> Thanks for the info,

You're welcome.


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