I’ve spent hours and hours and hours trying to determine why I cannot use my microphone. In the process of loading various drivers recommended here in the forums, somewhere along the way, I have now clobbered my sound. So now I have neither my mic nor any sound. Actually, it is possible I have the mic, but I cannot hear sound, so who knows. In the system settings -> multimedia -> phonon I am able to see the mic sound level, so I know that the driver is picking up my voice before tossing the data on the floor.
It just should not be this hard. The mic ought to have worked when I installed. How do I chase down this mess? Thank you!!
See also: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/multimedia/478559-kmixctrl-not-control.html
but I’ve learned not to follow up my own posts until I have an answer. So a new thread with a new emphasis, but same basic problem: sound is FUBARed.