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    Skype - webcam mic not working

    Hi

    I've got a webcam with a built in microphone. The mic works fine if i record on Audacity but in Skype the mic doesn't work, although video on Skype is fine.

    I've got the USB mic selected in the sound settings - see screenshot1.

    In Skype > Options > Sound Devices, there is only the Pulse Audio server to select - see screenshot2.

    Interestingly , I've got a netbook also with Xubuntu 11.10 and its integrated webcam & mic works fine in Skype.

    Any help as always is much appreciated.

    Thanks
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    Last edited by motorcity909; May 6th, 2012 at 07:32 PM.
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    Re: Skype - webcam mic not wrking

    Further info if it will help - when I run lshub, it shows the webcam as a Microdia MSI Starcam Racer

    Same (unanswered) probelm here too - http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1898589

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    Re: Skype - webcam mic not wrking

    Try this:
    First install Pulseaudio volume control pavucontrol then launch it.
    In the Input Devices tab select the USB camera as your primary device and mute the left channel.

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    Re: Skype - webcam mic not wrking

    WOuldnt it be better to finally integrate working fix then to make new users think about some pavucontrol

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    Re: Skype - webcam mic not wrking

    Hi

    I've installed pavucontrol and using the skype test call it successfully recorded my voice and played it back. Webcam mic is only mono so no left channel to mute.

    Now waiting to do a proper test call with my son (if he can tear himself away from Minecraft for two minutes....)

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    Re: Skype - webcam mic not wrking

    Hi again

    All good! Skype call to my son's Win7 laptop - working video & sound.

    It's also fixed Google Hangouts which had the same issue - no sound from mic.

    So, thanks to LewisTM for the solution - and agreement with Kangaroo that this kind of things should just be there from the off.

    Cheers all
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    I just installed Precise Pangolin. I Previously had Oneiric Ocelot. On both systems I had no success with the built-in mic on my Logitech webcam using skype. Once again, video fine and I can hear the other person's end. I noticed that Pangolin came with pavucontrol already (I had to install it on Ocelot before). I can see input using Audacity monitor, so it's getting through somewhere! I tried on Ocelot using Mixer and un-linking channels, lowering volume on one, etc. Can you suggest anything else I might try? I don't see how I can "select the USB camera as your primary device" so maybe we could start there? I was hoping with the new release that everything would "just work" but then I wouln't soon have learned anything, would I willl have?

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    Re: Skype - webcam mic not wrking

    I have a similar webcam with a similar problem. I'm not near that computer right now so from memory, try this:

    1) Exit Skype
    2) Connect your webcam
    3) Go to pavucontrol/Input Devices
    4) You should see the Webcam as one of the devices
    Chances are you won't and this is the problem. So next:
    5) execute
    Code:
    pulseaudio --kill
    pulseaudio --start
    6) Look again the the Input Devices. Pulseaudio should have picked up the camera.
    7) Start skype and try again.
    EDIT
    8: While recording, you might have to go to pavucontrol/Recording and pick the Quickcam as the input for Skype.
    Last edited by LewisTM; May 16th, 2012 at 02:00 AM.
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