fighting with getting the mic to work for skype

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Wed Oct 27 17:19:49 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-10-27 at 10:18 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> once upon a time, this worked ago and i'm not sure what i've messed
> up.  i'm trying to get skype working on my gateway NV79 laptop running
> (approx) ubuntu 10.10 and everything works except for the external
> mic that i've plugged in.  i can connect with someone else and hear
> them fine over the onboard speakers but they can't hear me at all.
>   from memory, i've tried the onboard mic but could never get that to
> work so i bought a cheap headset and plugged in just the mic and i
> swear that used to work but now anymore.  what can i try?  might i be
> missing a required module?  alsactl?  thoughts, anyone?

Using an external mike and external speakers usually causes feedback, so
I would suggest a good USB headset, first. Irregardless, crank up
pavucontrol, ~~while in skype~~, to insure that it is using the correct
input/output ports. Skype worked out of the box using a USB headset for
me. The newer version of Skype uses pulse just dandy. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.
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