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    Unhappy Skype audio distorted

    Hello,

    I have just upgraded (clean install) from Ubuntu 10.10, where Skype was working fine, to Ubuntu 11.04.

    I have installed Skype 2.2 from the Natty partner repository, but the audio is terrible, very crackly and distorted. All other audio is fine.

    Does anyone know how to fix this? I tried messing with the alsa-mixer but nothing changed.

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    Re: Skype audio distorted

    I've found that opening pulse audio mixer and adjusting mic input volume solves the problem, temporarily. But next boot may result in similar. This is a real pain.

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    Re: Skype audio distorted

    Adjusting the microphone makes no difference on my system. Anyone else?

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    Re: Skype audio distorted

    I just discovered that opening PulseAudio Volume control, then changing the System sounds slider on the playback tab to 0, then playing a skype sound, then moving it back to where it was and playing another skype test sound temporarily fixes the problem.

    I agree though, it is most annoying...

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    Re: Skype audio distorted

    Last edited by dante6913; May 3rd, 2011 at 04:59 PM.

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    Re: Skype audio distorted

    Could you check the link please?

    I get...

    Page not found
    Sorry, the page you were looking for in the blog News & Tips about does not exist.

    Thanks

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    Re: Skype audio distorted

    I found it http://www.nbuntu.cz.cc/2011/04/dist...-skype-22.html.

    However I now get no sound at all in Skype.

    The article does suggest this will fix Skype for those who got the problem since the upgrade to 2.2. I was using Skype 2.2 fine on Ubuntu 10.10. This problem has started since the upgrade (clean) to Natty.

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    Re: Skype audio distorted

    Update:

    It looks like a problem with my sound card, as I switched cards, and it works perfectly now!

    The card which doesn't work is a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS.

    I guess I could stick with the on-board sound for now...

    Does anyone have a create labs sound card that works with Skype 2.2 on Ubuntu 11.04?

    Are there better drivers I can get from anywhere?

    Cheers

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    Re: Skype audio distorted

    I have skype working with a fresh installation of ubuntu 11.04 following the link guide.
    update, when i restarted ubuntu i lost the sound so it doesn't work
    Last edited by dante6913; May 3rd, 2011 at 09:42 PM.

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    Re: Skype audio distorted

    You didn't try the fix in the post above did you? That stopped my sound from working.

    Have you checked your pulse audio settings all look OK, and maybe disallowed skype from adjusting the system sound?

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