I am interested to see what sound card you are running, i am thinking of upgrading my kernel to 2.6.35 and see if it makes any difference, I spoke with various members on irc and using 2.6.35 was at least one difference with somebody who had it working with this skype version.
I have an integrated ATI IXP SB400 AC97 Audio Controller with the exact same problem. It’s not only in skype though, it’s ALSA that seems to be the problem. I’m using an older version of Skype that’s using OSS and that works fine. The reason I think ALSA is the problem is because the problem persists when I try to record a sound directly through ALSA using arecord. Try this command to see what I mean: arecord -vv -fdat foo.wav and play it back with: aplay foo.wav
It sounds exactly the same! And with arecord you’re bypassing all third party apps. Let me know if you find a solution somewhere! I’ve been looking for a long time, and I have tried everything I can think of. BTW, I’m on OpenSUSE 11.3.