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Thread: Steam cancels Skype audio and vice versa

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    Default Steam cancels Skype audio and vice versa

    I am using 12.3 on a 64bit system, skype version is 4.2.0.11.

    Whenever I run steam and then start Skype, the audio for any steam application works, while it does not for Skype. Skype works if I boot it first, but steam is silent. Even if the skype audio is silent, I can still use my mic. I am running steam with pulse audio, and I dont know what steam is running. I assume that they are both vying for control of pulse audio, but I am not sure. I tried installing Pulse audio volume control, but that did not help. Other programs (such as amarok) work perfectly fine.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Default Re: Steam cancels Skype audio and vice versa

    There are still programs that latch on to the snd device directly which block pulse and any other sound. Pulse in theory is a mixer that should blind all streams.

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    Default Re: Steam cancels Skype audio and vice versa

    So what do you think the problem is? I tried to find out how steam handles sound (steam's input uses pulse), but I didn’t find out what they use for output.

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