Skype sound / audio problems on Ubuntu 8.10, with Thinkpad T42p

by oneafrikan on November 18, 2008

So recently I upgraded to Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, which I’ve found to be a real improvement (but that’s another story), and then I installed the newer version of Skype which supports video.

Chat works fine, but I ran into a few problems with voice initially, so left it awhile, but today needed video, so decided to sort it out once and for all.

This is the forum post that helped me, although it wasn’t the exact solution so much as fiddling with things through trial and error that helped:
Sound Problems with Ubuntu 8.04 – Skype Community.

So my solution was:

  1. fiddle with the Ubuntu sound recorder, using the volume control utility open to get the sound mixing right – use an mp3 format to get output right in the sound recorder – to make sure you can record something.
  2. once you have that working, go to Options > Sound devices in Skype, to select the correct sound device to use. I had to trial and error each of the sound devices for Sound In to get it to work (was not the default driver – look for Intel 82801 DB-ICH4 (hw:182801 DBICH4,0) ); set Sound Out and Ringing as pulse which worked fine.
  3. click “apply”
  4. try a call and see what happens; if not, rinse and repeat

et voila, it worked for me….

Hope that helps ;-)

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