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Thread: No voice sound with skype and ubuntu 12.04

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    No voice sound with skype and ubuntu 12.04

    Skype was working ok until an apt-get update two days ago. After the update, folks that I'm calling (either on another computer, or on a land line) have been able to hear me, but I've been unable to hear them. My audio system works well for every other application, and I can hear the skype sound effects (like the generated ringing when calling, and the "bloop" when the call ends), but I can't hear any voices, including that on the "Skype Test Call".

    I fired up WindowsXp running under vmware on the same system (ubuntu 12.04.2), and skype running on winxp works properly. This is using the same hardware, but a slightly different path to the audio driver via the vmware drivers.

    Any ideas on how to debug this will be greatly appreciated ...

    Code:
    > skype --version
    Skype 4.2.0.11
    Copyright (c) 2004-2013, Skype
    
    > cat /etc/lsb-release 
    
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS"
    
    > uname -r
    3.2.0-52-generic

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    Re: No voice sound with skype and ubuntu 12.04

    I tried the following, in order to remove and re-install skype ...

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove skype
    sudo apt-get autoremove
    sudo apt-get install skype
    ... but no change (sound transmission from my system ok, to my system is broken). The options mentioned controlling volume with "PulseAudio volume control", so I did this ...

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install pavucontrol
    ... after which there was no sound at all from skype or any of my other applications. So I ran ...

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove pavucontrol
    but all sound (mike and speakers) is still dead.
    Building better Magic Elevators, since 1952

  3. #3
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    Re: No voice sound with skype and ubuntu 12.04

    Sound was still working ok with the other accounts. In SystemTools/SystemSettings/Sound, I found that my default output had changed from "Built-in Audio Analog Stereo" to "RS880 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 4200 series] Digital Stereo (HDMI)". I think the latter is on my Hauppauge video card.

    Switch it back to analog output, now it's ok.
    Building better Magic Elevators, since 1952

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