Skype over bluetooth? (yes, I have googled!)

H.S. hs.samix at
Wed Oct 15 21:47:42 UTC 2008

Dotan Cohen wrote:
> 2008/10/15 James Tappin <sjt at>:
>> DC> In fact, I can play wav files with aplay over the bluetooth headset.
>> DC> However, I cannot record sound with arecord.
>> The corresponding action for input devices is "arecord -l".
> hardy2 at hardy2-laptop:~$ arecord -l
> **** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
> card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: STAC92xx Analog [STAC92xx Analog]
>   Subdevices: 1/1
>   Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
> card 1: Headset [BT Headset], device 0: Bluetooth SCO PCM [BT SCO PCM]
>   Subdevices: 1/1
>   Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
> hardy2 at hardy2-laptop:~$
> However, no sound is recorded with "arecord -D bluetooth -f s16_LE

Are you positive that the bluetooth mic volume is turned up or is not muted?

To see its controls, either use a gui you normally use, or in a terminal do:
$> alsamixer -D <device>

where <device> is your bluetooth device.

You should get ncurses based volume controls (vertical bars). Use
left/right arrow keys to shift between controls and up/down keys to
change their level. "M" toggles mute state. man alsamixer for more details.

Once you can get that recording working, only then you should try making
skype work (most likely then skype will work without any problems).


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