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    Acer Aspire One 532h Microphone Not Working

    I just got the sweet new Acer Aspire One 532h with the new Atom N450.

    The netbook runs beautifully with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic, except I can't seem to get the microphone to work.

    I ran sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic, after googling that this fixed the problem on some other Acers, but that did not work.

    I also tried compiling alsa-driver-1.0.20 according to the instructions here:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne

    Nothing has worked so far, any ideas how I can fix it?

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    Re: Acer Aspire One 532h Microphone Not Working

    I am thinking of getting this machine as my first netbook. Have you found a solution to your mic problem? Any other problems you've encountered?

    Also how's the keyboard?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Acer Aspire One 532h Microphone Not Working

    Everything worked after automatic updates except for the multitouch and internal mic. Hotkeys, wifi, all that stuff worked.

    I have found a semi-fix for the mic, it can record some sound, but it's very low quality with a lot of background electronic noise, I followed the guide here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1341325

    I haven't found a way to make it work completely yet.

    As for the multitouch, I tried following this guide, but still had no luck in making it work:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupp.../Netbooks#Asus Eee PC 1005HA

    The side scroll bar still works.

    The computer is pretty great, very thin (.99 inches) and good build quality.
    The keyboard is big enough, but the keys are very flat, so it takes getting used to because you don't feel the edges of the keys so much.

    Overall, I like the laptop a lot, but I'm thinking of switching to the Asus 1001P for the same price because I prefer matte screens to glossy, and it has a bit longer battery life and probably better Ubuntu support. Only problem is that it's not out yet.

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    Re: Acer Aspire One 532h Microphone Not Working

    Got the microphone working.

    In terminal:

    sudo apt-get install pavucontrol

    pavucontrol


    Then:


    • Click the "input devices" tab. Click the lock icon to unlock channels. Set the front right channel to silence.

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    Re: Acer Aspire One 532h Microphone Not Working

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathieup75 View Post
    Got the microphone working.

    In terminal:

    sudo apt-get install pavucontrol

    pavucontrol


    Then:


    • Click the "input devices" tab. Click the lock icon to unlock channels. Set the front right channel to silence.
    I have an ACER Aspire One AOA 110 ZG5 with UBUNTU 10.04 and this fixed my microphone problem with SKYPE. Works great now...thanks to Mathieup75.

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    Re: Acer Aspire One 532h Microphone Not Working

    I too have similar problems. The tip of installing "pavucontrol" did help. Although I think this is more of a temporary fix for now. If you use the new Google Phone link within Gmail, it will reset the pavucontrol settings, so I dont recommend that.

    However, all works fine in Skype! Here is the trick. First follow the instructions above with the pavucontrol settings. Then go into Skype. Find the Skype menu and click "options" and then click "sound devices" and uncheck the box marked "allow skype to adjust volume levels". Close and then try a call. Skype works great for me, glad someone came up with a fix for this as I'll be traveling in Europe and this will come in handy so I dont have to use my cellphone roaming, which is expensive!

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    Talking Re: Acer Aspire One 532h Microphone Not Working

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathieup75 View Post
    Got the microphone working.

    In terminal:

    sudo apt-get install pavucontrol

    pavucontrol


    Then:


    • Click the "input devices" tab. Click the lock icon to unlock channels. Set the front right channel to silence.
    Thanks mate. I was looking for this for more than 2 years.

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    Re: Acer Aspire One 532h Microphone Not Working

    Quote Originally Posted by wijit View Post
    Thanks mate. I was looking for this for more than 2 years.
    Whaaat? You, my friend, are as patient as a saint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathieup75 View Post
    Got the microphone working.

    In terminal:

    sudo apt-get install pavucontrol

    pavucontrol


    Then:


    • Click the "input devices" tab. Click the lock icon to unlock channels. Set the front right channel to silence.
    Hey Mathieup75, thanks a lot... the mic was the last ting I need to correct work on ubuntu to stay it in!!!!

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    Re: Acer Aspire One 532h Microphone Not Working

    Quote Originally Posted by lagamemnon View Post

    overall, i like the laptop a lot, but i'm thinking of switching to the asus 1001p for the same price because i prefer matte screens to glossy, and it has a bit longer battery life and probably better ubuntu support. Only problem is that it's not out yet.


    That's so funny, I just gave my Asus 1001P to my father inlaw so I can get this Acer. When comparing the two, the Asus mat screen is not as bright, the keyboard is much louder and the hard drives clicking is also loud. However, the 1001P battery life is great.

    Also, I wrote a thread on getting the multiple devices to work. It was more of a problem with the Asus than the Acer.


    http://art.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1479058

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