OpenSUSE Multimedia :: Keep Skype From Muting All Other Applications When Using Pulseaudio On 11.4

Mar 13, 2011

I recently upgraded to 11.4, but skype seems to mute all other application streams when a call is active. I can manually unmute them, but it is rather annoying especially when listening to music in the background using Amarok since everytime a new track starts it creates a new stream and is muted again.

I installed pavucontrol just to see if it had more options then kde's built in multimedia settings, but it doesn't (just has the cool how loud is the volume currently). I like the individual application (stream) volumes.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Skype - Not Connecting To Pulseaudio In 10.04

Sep 26, 2010

Just upgraded to Lucid (32bit), pulse generally seems to work ok: I get sound out, I can see various apps connecting via the Sound Preferences dialog (audacious, flash via alsa interface, etc.), and my mic seems to work fine too.

However, when starting skype (v2.1.0.81 which defaults to pulseaudio if it's running), it isn't able to output any sound and I never see a connection appear in Sound Preferences. Don't really want to force it to use Alsa or anything like that; I'd be fine with pulse if it would just work.

I've tried installing the .deb from the skype site as well as the official ubuntu package, with the same result. Any idea why pulse seems to be working, but skype can't seem to use it properly?

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Jun 21, 2011

Like I said in the title skype takes more than 30% if the cpu usage with more than 25 % used by pulseaudio to be sure pulseaudio was the problem I tried


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Feb 26, 2010

i am having a problem with skype that i wasn't having before, and afaik skype hasn't been upgraded recently, so something else presumably has changed.

because of driver issues i have to use an external usb audio interface to do voip. this interface is not connected to the pulseaudio server. i am able to connect it to jackd and it works fine for both audio in and out. however it no longer shows up in the list of sound devices available to skype. this used not to be the case. i have tried stopping and restarting skype, as well as unplugging and reattaching the interface. the interface does not show up in pulseaudio manager in the lists of devices.

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OpenSUSE :: Skype Works Without PulseAudio?

Feb 4, 2011

After an hour of trying to configure my microphone to work with Skype under ALSA, I finally reached success! Below is crucial information to what I did, I am using the laptop's built-in microphone.

ALSAMixer Settings ALSAMixerImage Skype Settings All my devices(microphone, speakers, ringing) and mainly my microphone are set to Default Device. I left the box labeled "Allow Skype to automatically adjust my mixer levels." unchecked

Computer HP Pavilion dv6000 series(specifically Pavilion 6833us Entertainment Notebook)
openSUSE 11.3 64-Bit
KDE 4.5
ALSA 1.0.23-2.12
Sound Card(Exactly in YAST):
82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
Configured as sound card number 0
Driver snd-hda-intel

Useful Resources Skype for Linux Sound Setup Get your microphone working in Ubuntu 9.04 and skype (x64)

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Dec 6, 2010

I've decided to get back into using Suse as my primary OS! I'm almost there, only a few minor issues to work out remain. One of these issues is with my audio drivers. My audio is working for the most part. I have sound coming from both my speakers and the front-audio jack. When I plug headphones into the front jack the audio is muted; however, unless I unmute the audio I won't get any sound from my headphone jack. The volume is shared. How can I give headphones a separate volume control? Or just completely mute my speakers when I have headphones plugged in. Using alsamixer, Headphones are disabled. Which seems odd. The output of can be found here.

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Oct 11, 2010

I ve installed ubuntu 10.10 on hp g62 amd64, but on skype mic doesnt work. I ve tried playing with pulseaudio controller and everything is unmuted as well as in alsamixer. how can I solve it? i think there is some problem with alsa, because when i restart skype mic work by few minutes but after that not.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Prevent Applications From Resetting PulseAudio Settings?

Aug 26, 2010

Ubuntu Lucid, Asus T101MT tablet netbook.

Background Info: Normally the microphone doesn't work with some applications such as Empathy or the new Google Talk plugin for Linux. The workaround I'm using (and I don't know why this works) is to unlock the left and right channels in Pavucontrol and set one channel to zero, and to boost volume I set the other to max.

Issue: The Google Talk plugin is resetting the channels to be locked together. This is pretty frustrating because now they have free calling and I have no cell reception in my dorm room.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Skype - Pulseaudio - Sound Output Or Input Does Not Work At All Doesn't Work

Sep 11, 2010

When I installed my 64 bit system of Ubuntu 10.04 the sound worked very well and I were very happy. The problem started however when I installed Skype which uses pulseaudio. As soon as I start skype (or any other application that uses pulse, HoN for example) the applications sound output or input does not work at all. If I have pulseaudio started in some way, applications that I suppose do not use it like spotify or flash player stops to produce sounds. And when I type "pulseaudio" in the terminal it gives me this:


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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Internal Mic Keeps Muting

May 9, 2011

running 10.04.2, on a Lenovo G550, I am experiencing an intermittent problem, in that after every reboot, and some wake after suspend, the internal mic has muted. I have to open alsamixer to reset its level, and then it's fine till I reboot and sometimes it is fine after a suspend, but not always. How do I get alsamixer to "remember" the setting?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Skype On Ubuntu 10.04 - Sound Devices - Recording Is "PulseAudio Server (local)" - Doesn't Work

May 22, 2010

I just installed skype 2.1 beta 2 (the deb file) from the skype website, but the only option I see under Sound Devices -> Recording is "PulseAudio Server (local)" This doesn't work for me, as the skype test calls don't actually record anything I say. I use skype a lot and FINALLY got it working under karmic, but I needed to upgrade to lucid and now it's broken.

When I open Sound preferences and look at the Applications section, Skype shows up as recording when I run its test call... but no sound is recorded? How is it possible that my sound card picks up something recording but doesn't actually record it when I'm in skype?

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Debian :: Skype And Pulseaudio Settings ?

Jul 1, 2010

I installed skype 2.1 beta and pulse audio. Just installed the packages and it worked. Surprisingly. Problem is that Skye now selects pulseaudio for microphone, out and ringer. No problem it actually set it up to my logitech headset which is by default almost right. It set it up to use my logitech microphone and headset speakers for talking, which is great. But I want to switch my ringer from headset speakers to main computer speakers. Anyone know where this can be done. Skype only lets me select pulseaudio (locla server) for all three. Yet somehow it knows to use my logitech headset for talking. But I want to direct my ringing of incoming calls to main speakers. pavucontrol does not let me do this. Anyone has an idea of how to do this? If there is a graphical application that can do this, please let me know.

Used ubuntu for years and loved it. recent bugs in flash and loggin out and others made me try debian for extra stability and security at the risc of loosing myself in the complexity of debian as it's no plug and play here. So far seems to be very similar in use to ubuntu, surprisingly. Running nvidia-xconfig seems to be the only difference. So far I have been able to figure things out to make it work, we will see how I do in the long run. Ubuntu was sure easy.

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Ubuntu :: Skype / Pulseaudio Mic Not Working

Oct 11, 2010

I am using 8.04, Pulseaudio, Microsoft Lifechat USB headset and Skype on a Compaq 210. Pulse works fine for everything else. One day, it just stopped working for no apparent reason (only on the Skype mic) so I uninstalled and went back to ALSA (for a few reasons) but couldn't get that working either so now back to square one. When I boot Skype, all goes well, can place a test call, no errors. But on playback of the message it's pure fuzz, basically white noise, no sign of my voice. I've twiddled with just about every volume control and toggle I can find and then some, but nothing. Another interesting thing; Pulse is now NOT working unless I input 'pulseaudio -D' in a terminal after boot. Then it seems to be okay, 'cept the mic.

Strange as the mic works perfectly and crystal clear in Sound Recorder. No probs. So:

1/ How do I replace the recorded white noise in a Skype test call with my own mellifluous tones and;

2/ Where do I put 'pulseaudio -D' (what file) so it will be read and turn pulse on at boot?

Using Skype (I know there is a newer version, .87 I think, but that was even more problematic). Another strange thing; the newer version (.87?) worked flawlessly for months before the mic just one day died (ONLY in Skype). As explained on my last thread; wife's uni/entertainment machine and me being the house computer dude, one of the reasons we use Linux is so I am not fixing Windows problems constantly. I only go near this machine when something goes pear-shaped so that is rarely. My wife doesn't tweak with her computer AT ALL.

Sound issues on this machine have been pretty much constant and I am really sick of it. I have two desktops running ALSA and Skype flawlessly with any USB headset AND they can ring incoming calls through the external speakers and you can take the call through the headset, something that is seemingly impossible for some reason in Pulse. Despite its bells and whistles, this is a serious oversight by Pulse developers in my opinion. (Unless I'm missing something and I've have searched for hours trying to fix THAT little mystery).

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Oct 12, 2010

I've been having this problem in multiple versions of ubuntu from 6.04 to 10.04(which i am currently using). I have a hp 500 laptop(quite old) and when i plug in the headphones it plays sound from both the headphones and the laptop speakers. This doesn't happen when i'm using windows xp. if there are any threads about this please direct me to them if not give me advice on what to do.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: How To Disable Headphones Muting Speakers

Nov 7, 2010

I would like to disable the headphone jack shutting off main speakers when I plug headphones in. I know this sounds odd. But when I use mixxx I would like to be able to use the line out for external amp hook up. The headphones for cueing. This worked after I installed mixxx but once I rebooted the computer it no longer worked.

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Ubuntu :: Skype Settings - All Set To Pulseaudio Server

Apr 30, 2010

I've got Karmic installed on a MacBook, and I'm trying to get Skype up and running. I've already patched the iSight firmware, so the the webcam itself works fine, but I have no microphone support. If I go to Sound Recorder, the microphone picks up my voice fine, but not Skype. In the Skype audio settings, all are set to Pulseaudio server (local), and that is the only selection available.

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Apr 25, 2011

I have had problems with pulseaudio since F13 so the problem is not new just that I have been working since 12 AM till now 6:30 AM trying to fix it and I have failed the only thing left from what I see is a complete reinstall. When I start skype it works for 5 secs then the sound becomes corrupt and make a large crackling noise. I have reinstalled alsa and pulse atleast 10 times removed any trace of config files and still the same result. It first broke when I turned off tsched in hopes that my microphone will no longer broadcast a buzzing sound. This setting broke everything and even after I reverted it the symptoms remained the same. It's 3rd time I reinstall fedora because of pulseaudio. Until the problem can be fixed I have reverted back to ALSA.

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OpenSUSE Multimedia :: No Sound (pulseaudio) On 11.2

Apr 25, 2010

I cannot get sound to work with my new installed Opensuse 11.2. If I check yast (sound card configuration), I can play a nice testsound. However, Kde (I am using kde 4.4.2) does not issue any sound at all.


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OpenSUSE Multimedia :: PulseAudio & KDE In 11.4: What Are The Consequences?

Mar 15, 2011

In the 11.4 product highlights it says: "...availability of PulseAudio in a Plasma Desktop session by default", but what does this mean to the average KDE user? The SUSE-Wiki has no entry for pulse nor pulseaudio.

While basic sound works fine out of the box for me, I am confused between Phonon, KMix and PulseAudio. Each does something else:KMix is now entirely useless, right? Phonon only allows me to select which sound device is used for which input. PulseAudio allows me to select indivdual volume per Application through pavucontrol, but it does not replace phonon nor Kmix There is no KDE Plasmoid/Systray thingy for configuring volume with PulseAudio? Is there no single application/plasmoid to handle all sound options in one go?

I think it is pretty bad that pavucontrol is not even installed for KDE-users by default, and it took me a while to figure it out. Or is there another application that a KDE-user should rather use by default?

I mean things work fine, such as using Phonon to automatically choose my Bluetooth headset for voice communication while music and games at the same time automatically use the speakers for output. Changing volume with pavucontrol works, but why do I need separate things for that?

This is not meant as a rant! I am just wondering whether the PulseAudio/KDE-Integration is just work-in-progress, or whether I am missing something important here entirely. After all, 11.4 and KDE 4.6 looks pretty polished to me overall, and so the audio situation sticks out as odd to me.

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OpenSUSE Multimedia :: VLC With PulseAudio And 5.1 / 7.1 Multichannel

Mar 16, 2011

I tried Disabling PulseAudio via Yast (didnot remove the packages), and the channels came back in KMix, but then the native apps of KDE, if I can call them so, like Kaffeine started playing 5.1 movie tracks in stereo! In VLC at the same time I had to choose manually 5.1, but then stereo tracks didn't played. Enabled PulseAudio back. Selected Analog Surround 5.1 Output (Phonon->Speaker Setup), backend is GStreamer. Installed the VLC Pulse support package (vlc-aout-pulse). Selected Pulse as the Output Module in VLC. Now Kaffeine plays 5.1 and stereo tracks properly as well as VLC now Automatically switches to 5.1 playback if the track in movie is 5.1 and also plays stereo tracks properly. I guess with PulseAudio we will need all audio/video apps to have some kind of PulseAudio support (built-in/plug-in) or else we will face probs. Now I need them all channels (master, front, centre, rear and LFE). Especially I need LFE (bass) which is too high by default, and I run alsamixer to minimise LFE channel, but as soon as I play a movie or music it is back to 100% automatically.

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OpenSUSE Multimedia :: Setting Mic In PulseAudio?

Jun 16, 2011

When I first installed 11.4 I was unable to access the usb webcam mic on Skype. I use Tumbleweed and after a couple of KDE updates I was able to access the webcam mic in Skype. I did this by setting the webcam mic as the first device to use in either pavucontrol or systemsettings>multimedia>phonon>audio capture. There have been many KDE updates since then and now I am back to having no mic in Skype. I will set my webcam mic as described above but pavucontrol will no longer save my changes. It is permanently stuck using internal audio analog stereo as the first capture device. My webcam mic is listed but it is four down on the list and Skype will not access it.

How can I get pavucontrol to save my preferences?

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May 12, 2009

Woke up this morning and updated my main myth machine, and now mythfrontend won't start. I get this message:

2009-05-12 07:57:50.003 Closing DB connection named 'DBManager0'
2009-05-12 07:57:50.006 Primary screen 0.
2009-05-12 07:57:50.008 Connected to database 'mythconverg' at host: ***.***.*.***
2009-05-12 07:57:50.010 Using screen 0, 1680x1050 at 0,0
2009-05-12 07:57:50.069 AudioPulseUtil, Error: Failure to suspend: Invalid argument
2009-05-12 07:57:50.070 AudioPulseUtil, Error: Failure to suspend: Invalid argument
2009-05-12 07:57:50.070 ERROR: ***Pulse Audio is running!!!!***
2009-05-12 07:57:50.070 ERROR: But MythTV was not able to suspend it. EXITING!

So, I googled about, and found this thread on a mythtv dev mailing list:
No Start with Pulse Audio (Changeset 20310) | MythTV | Dev
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Mar 22, 2010

About two weeks ago I enabled KDE factory repo to get the latest KDE 4.4. Everything was fine until a recent update, which caused sound working only in some applications. Sound now works when tried in System Settings and Yast->Sound, but it does not work in Firefox, VLC, Skype, and so on.

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Mar 12, 2011

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Worked fine afterwards. I don't know if this affects the ability to output audio from other apps while the sound device is in use, but I don't have that situation, so this workaround suits me.

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May 29, 2011

I have openSUSE 11.4 KDE 64-bit. Right now I have 20 identical pulseaudio applets that each looks like a circuit board or a PCI adapter on my computer's taskbar. I tried uninstalling then re-installing pulseaudio and the package that choose device (padev?) many times but this problem remains.

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May 14, 2010

Due to the fact that with pulseaudio it is impossible to change the microphone/speaker/ring devices in skype, I had to remove pulseaudio.

After that I can choose a device in skype, but the mixer does not work anymore. There is a way to have a working mixer without pulseaudio package or a way to choose audio devices in skype with pulseaudio installed?!

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Mar 22, 2010

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