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Old 07-04-2010, 07:06 PM
Brian Wootton
Default Lucid and Skype (Errol Sapir)

On 04/07/10 16:34, kubuntu-users-request@lists.ubuntu.com wrote:
> I've been using Kubuntu ever since making the complete change from
> Windows a number of years ago. I still have to use Windows at work for
> certain particular functions so I have a dual boot on my computer.
> My computer has an AMD 5300 CPU with 2 giga ram. The other component
> that needs to be mentioned before I outline my problem is the graphic
> and sound cards. Both are OB Nvidia. The graphic card is a GEforce 6600
> and has the NVidia 195.36.24 drivers running it. The sound card is the
> NVidia CK804.
> Ever since installing Lucid (about a month ago) I have been unable to
> use Skype. I installed Lucid first as an upgrade and the from the CD
> after formating the partition. The problem is both with the microphone
> (I cannot be heard - even during the test) AND with the webcam (doesn't
> turn on with Skype). I can hear people who contact me, i.e. the speakers
> work. In Karmic (and other previous versions of Kubuntu) I was able to
> use Skype without a problem. I have tried every tweak I can think of
> (and have read about) but I guess my knowledge is too limited to solve
> the problem. In windows Skype works without a problem and because of
> that I am forced to reboot every time I need Skype. I cannot get it to
> work in Lucid.
> I of course have had radical thoughts (try Ubuntu with Gnome, go back to
> Karmic, or even try another distro:-[ ) to solve the problem but maybe
> this forum could prevent those "solutions".
> Errol

Can't offer you a solution I'm afraid, there appear to be a few of us

having problems with microphone/skype/lucid - I myself ccan transmit
non-understandable noises from my microphone, it is not dead/silent.
I have also tried everything I could. Skype email help assumes the
presence of PulseAudio, which, of course, Lucid hasn't got. People on
this list have suggested ditching alsa and installing PA, this might cause
more problems than it cures, so I've refrained, especially as all other
audio apps work fine for me.
Mandriva does have PA installed and skype on it does work. Just to
make life complete some-one on this list said that the next kubuntu
version will have PA fully working - hopefullyskype may then work also.
Not too helpful I'm afraid. There will be a few grateful people on
this list if a good solution is found.

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