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    USB microphone

    Hello people,

    I have a Dell Vostro 1700 and the sound card is not supported, so the microphone does not work and so Skype cannot be used on that machine. Take a look at this thread

    I'd love to know about a USB microphone that "just works".

    The person that will have to plug it in is a secretary, she won't be able to try around with the drivers.

    A mike like this would be good but anyone could do. The important thing is that it just works.

    Thanks for any hint
    Bye
    Cato

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    Re: USB microphone

    I've successfully gotten the logitech to work under linux before!

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/we...s/221&cl=us,en

    I actually got it working with Skype too, version 1.5. Version 2 of skype is even better in that it lets you choose your audio device settings.

    another option might be a USB soundblaster external sound card, but I'm not sure if those work under linux.. I would suspect that they do..

    Oh, I just noticed you were linking to the same page. It doesn't list linux compatibility, but if they are still using the AK5370 hardware, it worked reasonably well when I used it.
    Last edited by kessaris; June 30th, 2008 at 03:23 PM.

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    Re: USB microphone

    Quote Originally Posted by catonano View Post
    Hello people,

    I have a Dell Vostro 1700 and the sound card is not supported, so the microphone does not work and so Skype cannot be used on that machine. Take a look at this thread

    I'd love to know about a USB microphone that "just works".

    The person that will have to plug it in is a secretary, she won't be able to try around with the drivers.

    A mike like this would be good but anyone could do. The important thing is that it just works.

    Thanks for any hint
    Bye
    Cato
    Your internal mic can work using this guide http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php..._Does_Not_Work

    And there is whole wiki devoted to your laptop here
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/InstallingUb...DellVostro1700
    You came empty handed, that is how you shall leave. Whatever you claim as yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, will be someone else's tomorrow.

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    Re: USB microphone

    Quote Originally Posted by kessaris View Post
    I've successfully gotten the logitech to work under linux before!

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/we...s/221&cl=us,en

    I actually got it working with Skype too, version 1.5. Version 2 of skype is even better in that it lets you choose your audio device settings.

    another option might be a USB soundblaster external sound card, but I'm not sure if those work under linux.. I would suspect that they do..

    Oh, I just noticed you were linking to the same page. It doesn't list linux compatibility, but if they are still using the AK5370 hardware, it worked reasonably well when I used it.
    Thank you, that's helpful !

    In the meantime, I found this and there's a guy reportin it worked under Feisty Fawn (7.x).

    Now, I wonder, since it worked in Feisty, is it reasonable to assume that it's going to work under Hardy Heron too ?

    I already found that item on ebay and I was going to buy it...

    Thanks so much anyhow
    Bye
    Cato

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    Re: USB microphone

    Quote Originally Posted by ukripper View Post
    Your internal mic can work using this guide http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php..._Does_Not_Work

    And there is whole wiki devoted to your laptop here
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/InstallingUb...DellVostro1700
    Ukripper,

    thank you, but:


    this guide http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php..._Does_Not_Work refers to a .deb package that requires kernel 2.6.22.14 to be there and I suppose it was the Gutsy kernel. On m hardy Heron I see the 2.6.24.16 and 2.6.24.19 only. So The backports from Dell won't work because of a dependancy not satisfiable.

    Also, most of the issues in the wiki refer to Gutsy !

    Thanks for your help, though; I didn't know about the Dell support sites

    Bye
    Cato

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    Re: USB microphone

    I Post reply thinking this might be helpful.
    I have struggled with buil-in microphone on my Vosotro 1500 laptop,
    but, mic is now working fine with Ubuntu 8.04 (2.6.24-19-server).

    My /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base includes the follwing:
    options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m44

    dell-m42, dell-m43, dell-m44, ref can be tried.
    Find out appropriate device name from http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel/Docum...figuration.txt

    In alsamixer, increase volume for two *Capture*, turn off *Analog Loopback*, set *Digital Input Source* to Digital Mic 1, increase volume for two *Mux*.

    I tested mic using gnome-sound-recorder which is easily found in Application tab on gnome desktop. When recording, set *Record from input* to *Capture* or *Capture1*.

    Just in case, I installed alsa-driver, alsa-lib, and alsa-utils (1.0.17) from sources as advised in https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HdaIntelSoundHowto
    Have a look at section entitled *Update to the Latest Version of ALSA*
    Last edited by sunnyabc; August 6th, 2008 at 03:50 PM.

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