no microphone

Paul Kaplan pkaplan1 at
Sat Feb 2 14:27:16 UTC 2008

Finally found the correct setting.  Not so obvious.
Thanks for starting me thinking!
On Saturday 02 February 2008 7:22:04 am Karl Auer wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-02-02 at 06:07 -0500, Paul Kaplan wrote:
> > Running kubuntu 7.10 on a Thinkpad T42 and I can't use the microphone for
> > skype calls...either the built in microphone or the one on my webcam.
> >
> > I've checked the mixer to make sure that it isn't muted, but, no luck.
> Can you use the mike with other apps? If yes, I can't help you :-)
> Otherwise, read on:
> First check that the mike works at all. One way is to make sure the mike
> is unmuted: volume control -> playback -> uncheck the mute icon below
> the microphone slider. This will cause mike input to go to the speaker.
> Then make sure mike input is turned up: volume control -> recording ->
> push the two sliders right up. At this point, you should be hearing mike
> input coming out your speakers. You may hear it as soon as you unmute
> the mike. If you do, you can mute the mike again, because it is pretty
> rare that you actually want foldback :-)
> Another test: Fire up "sound recorder", make sure capture or microphone
> is selected as the input, hit "record", snap your fingers a few times,
> press stop, save the result (as anything, it doesn't matter) then hit
> "play". Make sure the volume is way up. If you don't hear your fingers
> snapping, you have a mike/sound problem.
> If you have two mikes, make sure the correct one is enabled!
> On my T42, everything just worked, both with the inbuilt mike and with
> an external mike. Haven't actually tried a camera with mike though.
> Regards, K.

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