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    Default Skype 4.3 in OpenSUSE 13.1 - Microphone Issues

    I'm having issues with my microphone in Skype (v4.3). The microphone either doesn't pick up any noise, or the playback from skype is barely audible and very choppy and faint. I've checked that the microphone itself works by using

    arecord -vv -fdat foo.wav

    and the resulting foo.wav contains a perfectly audible recording. I've tried going through a number of blog posts referencing skype and opensuse problems, and I've tried a few things (disabling pulseaudio, changing latency of skype from launch,etc.), but nothing has worked so far. If anyone has any ideas/workarounds they've discovered, please let me know. I can supply any additional input or information that would help.

    Ben

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    Default Re: Skype 4.3 in OpenSUSE 13.1 - Microphone Issues

    Did you check the mixer settings? Also be sure you have the 32 bit libs

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    Default Re: Skype 4.3 in OpenSUSE 13.1 - Microphone Issues

    What should I be looking for in the mixer settings?

    As far as 32 bit libraries, the following packages are installed through YaST:

    alsa-plugins-32bit
    alsa-plugins-pulse-32bit
    libpulse0-32bit

    There are more, but those seem like the relevant ones to me.

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    Default Re: Skype 4.3 in OpenSUSE 13.1 - Microphone Issues

    a good way to install skype

    use an opensuse packet with one click method

    for this :

    go to software.opensuse.org

    search "skype"

    click on "skype"

    click on "display unstable packets"

    click on " 1 click install" of "home:winsky:skype"

    i use this packet since several months without pb
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    Default Re: Skype 4.3 in OpenSUSE 13.1 - Microphone Issues

    They really ought to change the name of the "Unstable" to "User Contributed" or something less cataclysmic.
    .: miuku #suse @ irc.freenode.net
    :: miuku@opensuse.org

    .: h​ttps://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Miuku/

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    Default Re: Skype 4.3 in OpenSUSE 13.1 - Microphone Issues

    <promeneur.6kdk4n@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> -
    opensuse.org.help.applications -
    promeneur wrote:

    >
    > click on "display unstable packets"
    >
    > click on " 1 click install" of "home:winsky:skype"


    I'll ask a question regarding this packages because I'ma bout to install
    skype as well.. I've seen then, but I don't understand the choices in there.
    In skype there are :

    homeRevan86:
    home:tatarimoke4.3.0.3732
    home:twotaps:branche...4.3.0.3732

    Are they the same ? How do we pick the right one ?

    Thanks

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    openSuSe 13.1

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    Default Re: Skype 4.3 in OpenSUSE 13.1 - Microphone Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by btannenw View Post
    I'm having issues with my microphone in Skype (v4.3). The microphone either doesn't pick up any noise, or the playback from skype is barely audible and very choppy and faint. I've checked that the microphone itself works by using

    arecord -vv -fdat foo.wav

    and the resulting foo.wav contains a perfectly audible recording. I've tried going through a number of blog posts referencing skype and opensuse problems, and I've tried a few things (disabling pulseaudio, changing latency of skype from launch,etc.), but nothing has worked so far. If anyone has any ideas/workarounds they've discovered, please let me know. I can supply any additional input or information that would help.
    I use KDE and for Skype I installed and use the application pavucontrol to ensure my Mic is not muted. Typically Skype will auto control the Mic record levels.

    wrt the Skype installation, to ensure I had all the necessary support packages installed, I followed this guide for openSUSE-13.1 : http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Skype

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