I desperately need to put the last piece of a jigsaw in place for the audio setup on my parents' PC before I leave it with them for another few months. I've finally got everything set up the way I've been trying to do it for years but with just one hitch, and most of my Christmas Day has been stolen already fiddling with this.
Scenario: Running openSUSE 12.2, KDE with Gstreamer Phonon backend and PulseAudio enabled. Two sound devices on the system - the on-chip Intel ICH as default for everything and a USB FM transmitter so that when my dad listens to his music collection in Clementine the sound goes to his hifi speakers. The only problem now is that Skype calls are not possible as the microphone isn't recognised anywhere in PulseAudio.
It's the USB webcam microphone, which has a separate audio input in the standard mic jack of the PC. In neither pavucontrol, nor the Veromix KDE plasmoid I'm using as a mixer, nor in the regular KMix mixer panel is the mic visible as an input source. However, it will record if I go into Audacity. Also, if I disable PulseAudio and reboot, the mic works fine including with Skype (problem there is that I can't find a way to channel just music to the hifi speakers without PulseAudio - the Phonon settings don't work and neither does choosing a specific output within Clementine).
I've checked all the Alsamixer levels and reapplied the mic boost and capture volumes each time after enabling/disabling PulseAudio. It appears this problem may be known - this post
on the Fedora forums seems related but the fix doesn't work for me. I enabled the following line in the /etc/pulse/default.pa file:
load-module module-alsa-source device=hw:1,0
but on reboot the system starts up using ALSA and not PulseAudio.