Debian Squeeze / Sid ( Unstable ), Skype and pulseaudio fix microphone and sound issues

Thursday, 10th September 2009

After I’ve recently upgraded to the latest current Debian Unstable release I stumbled upon many problems, many of which are discussed and fixes provided on the prevoius posts. One of the many terrible things I had to fix MANUALLY (I’m starting to hate that word), are the issues with sound and microphone in Skype. I’m using Skype, because skype_static- gives me worries, crashing every now and then. To fix my problems with sound and microphone while Googling I found this nice Aryn’s Blog post .
Here is what worked for me to fix the issues.
Execute1. apt-get install libsdl1.2debian libsdl1.2debian-alsa libsdl1.2debian-pulseaudio2. apt-get install libsdl1.2debian-pulseaudio3. apt-get install paprefs pavucontrol padevchooserNext 4. open gnome-alsamixer and make sure your “Mic” is not muted (in some cases it might be some capture field muted ain’t sure?)5. Start pavucontrol and make sure in the Input Devices the mute button is not selected6. Go to the gnome panel System -> Preferences -> Sound and make sure in the Input menu Microphone is not muted7. start aumix and Make sure your Microphone is “Mic” and “Igain” is not set to low volume8. Execute: alsactl store to make sure that alsa settings are not lost on system restart9. In your home directory edit ~/.asoundrcAnd add— SNIP —pcm.card0 { type hw card 0}ctl.card0 { type hw card 0} —–10. Edit /etc/libao.conf and make sure it contains default_driver=pulse11. Edit ~/.profile and add: export SDL_AUDIODRIVER=pulse to it12. Open Skype go to “Sound Devices” and set sound in, sound out and ringing options to:HDA Intel (hw:intel,0)
If you’re lucky with God’s help and grace your skype’s sound output and input via mic should be working just fine :)END—–

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