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    Default Running Skype 2.1 beta with KDE 4.3

    Hi,

    I'm trying the new Skype Linux Beta ( Skype 2.1.0.47 ) with KDE 4.3 from
    Code:
    KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop
    . Sound works just fine for:

    • Amarok
    • SMplayer
    • Firefox (flash)


    but I get absolutely no output from Skype. Please note that this new version is supposed to work with PulseAudio, so the sound devices are all "PulseaAudio server(local)".

    My PulseAudio version is pulseaudio-0.9.14-2.2.1 and KDE is using the Phonon GStreamer backend.

    Any instructions on how to proceeed would be greatly appreciated

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    Default Re: Running Skype 2.1 beta with KDE 4.3

    But have you tried using xine backend? I mean globally too. Unfortunately I don't use Skype so I can't test it.
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    Default Re: Running Skype 2.1 beta with KDE 4.3

    Thanks for your answer. I installed the Xine backend and it's not preferred over GStreamer in KDE, but I get the exact same behaviour from the 3 test apps and Skype.

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    Default Re: Running Skype 2.1 beta with KDE 4.3

    If you have basically flawless sound in openSUSE generally, I would head over to the Skype forum and see if you can find out anything there. Assuming there is a forum, and or the Skype wiki/help pages
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    Default Re: Running Skype 2.1 beta with KDE 4.3

    > . Sound works just fine for:
    > - Amarok
    > - SMplayer
    > - Firefox (flash)


    are any or all of those dependent on pulseaudio? i _think_ not
    (because i think if you uninstall pulseaudio they will all continue to
    work)...therefore the fact that you have sound out of them has *no*
    bearing on your problem..

    there is a forum for pre-release software at both Skype and here..

    here it would be http://forums.opensuse.org/pre-release-beta/

    and,
    http://share.skype.com/sites/linux/2...x_21_beta.html
    says you should "Give the version 2.1.0.47 a go and send your feedback
    to our JIRA, comments to this post and to our forums."

    i'll leave it to you to find JIRA and read the many comments on that
    page already, and add you own, if needed..

    and, their forums are at:
    http://forum.skype.com/index.php?s=8...2&showforum=18

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    Default Re: Running Skype 2.1 beta with KDE 4.3

    Quote Originally Posted by goldie View Post
    > . Sound works just fine for:
    > - Amarok
    > - SMplayer
    > - Firefox (flash)


    are any or all of those dependent on pulseaudio? i _think_ not
    (because i think if you uninstall pulseaudio they will all continue to
    work)...therefore the fact that you have sound out of them has *no*
    bearing on your problem..
    Right, they should not depend on PA, but I assumed an immediate question would be 'does sound work at all?'.

    Quote Originally Posted by goldie View Post
    there is a forum for pre-release software at both Skype and here..

    here it would be Pre-Release/Beta - openSUSE Forums
    I thought that this was a forum for pre-release _OpenSUSE_ versions, not pre-release Skype, so I ended up in multimedia. A moderator should move this post if this is not the right place for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by goldie View Post
    and,
    Skype for Linux 2.1 Beta out now - Skype for Linux
    says you should "Give the version 2.1.0.47 a go and send your feedback
    to our JIRA, comments to this post and to our forums."

    i'll leave it to you to find JIRA and read the many comments on that
    page already, and add you own, if needed..

    and, their forums are at:
    Skype Community -> Linux
    I've already went through those posts, both the blog and the forum. I came here since I hoped to find someone with a configuration similar to mine, since I believe it's rather a pulse configuration issue than a Skype one.

    Hopefully I'll sort it out on the Skype forums, thanks.

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    Steve Barrell NNTP User

    Default Re: Running Skype 2.1 beta with KDE 4.3

    Have you been testing Skype audio using Skype's Options > Sound Devices >
    "Make a test sound" button ?

    If so, then I have the same problem (openSUSE 11.1 x64, KDE 4.3, latest alsa
    drivers and utilities from Alsa repo's, Skype 2.1 beta - 2.1.0.47).

    The "Make a test sound" button does not work for me at all.

    However, the "Make a test call" works just great.

    I am using a Plantronics USB headset.

    I have the pulseaudio lib's, but that's all - I removed what I could of
    pulseaudio some months ago and I don't know what backend Skype is using for
    audio now - probably Xine from the Packman repo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Barrell View Post
    Have you been testing Skype audio using Skype's Options > Sound Devices >
    "Make a test sound" button ?

    If so, then I have the same problem (openSUSE 11.1 x64, KDE 4.3, latest alsa
    drivers and utilities from Alsa repo's, Skype 2.1 beta - 2.1.0.47).

    The "Make a test sound" button does not work for me at all.

    However, the "Make a test call" works just great.

    I am using a Plantronics USB headset.

    I have the pulseaudio lib's, but that's all - I removed what I could of
    pulseaudio some months ago and I don't know what backend Skype is using for
    audio now - probably Xine from the Packman repo.
    Going to pulseaudio 0.9.15 solved the 'hearing' problem for me, but I still can't capture. I have just a plain headset.

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    Default Re: Running Skype 2.1 beta with KDE 4.3

    Quote Originally Posted by robert_munteanu View Post
    Going to pulseaudio 0.9.15 solved the 'hearing' problem for me, but I still can't capture. I have just a plain headset.
    As a general mic functionality test, can you capture with
    Code:
    arecord -vv -fdat foo.wav
    and then replay foo.wav with any player.

    reference:
    Microphone - openSUSE

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    Default Re: Running Skype 2.1 beta with KDE 4.3

    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    As a general mic functionality test, can you capture with
    Code:
    arecord -vv -fdat foo.wav
    and then replay foo.wav with any player.

    reference:
    Microphone - openSUSE
    Actually I can't, so it's not pulse at fault here, I need to tweak my sound card settings.

    Code:
    > head -n 1 /proc/asound/card0/codec*
    Codec: Realtek ALC889A
    Thanks for the wiki link, I did not find that particular page initially. I'll just dig in an try to find which of the knobs to turn.

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