[SOLVED] Have downloaded latest Skype, but no sound now
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When I bought a new computer 4 years ago, a friend suggested that I might like Linux, and installed Ubuntu 10.04 for me (my old computer had Windows XP), it took some getting used to, but I soon found it far superior to Windows. I had never even touched a computer until I retired, so my knowledge and skill level is minimal.
This friend later installed Skype for me so I can keep in touch with my youngest son who moves around a lot (he's living in Italy at the moment, so Skype is really useful), but there was a problem with the sound, which I believe was Pulse Audio, so he removed that and installed Alsa sound instead which is brilliant and has worked perfectly ever since.
Recently I received an email from Skype advising that my version was being “retired”, and providing a link to download the latest version, 18.104.22.168, which downloaded and installed successfully, apart from there being no sound now.
Checking Skype website I found that they no longer support Alsa sound, and I now need Pulse Audio, but I am quite happy with Alsa sound and do not really want to change.
My question Is: Can I keep Alsa sound, but also install Pulse Audio just to get sound on Skype, or would they clash and mean I must choose one or the other? (I have never used a Terminal, so if this is necessary I would very much appreciate step by step instructions for an amateur to follow).
So far I have made the following checks:
1.Skype>options>sound devices – all show “virtual device”
2.system>preferences>sound – trying to find what sound system is installed - a box appears saying “waiting for sound system to respond”, but nothing happens.
3.applications>Ubuntu software centre>installed software – found “Gnome Alsa mixer” installed.
4.applications>Ubuntu software centre>get software – looked for anything saying Pulse Audio and found a) Pulse Audio device chooser
b) “ “ manager
c) “ “ volume control
d) “ “ volume meter (playback)
That's as far as I've got, unfortunately the friend is no longer available to help, and I'm afraid to go any further in case I muck up a perfectly good sound system just for getting Skype to work. I'm hoping there will be a nice simple answer to this problem, otherwise I might be in trouble.
Does this mean that I should now just go ahead and install the 4 Pulse Audio items a), b), c) and d) listed in my post that I found in Ubuntu Software Centre? Is that all that I need to do?
Success - I clicked to install the first Pulse Audio item in the Ubuntu software centre > get software, and all four items installed together, after doing a restart I now have sound working on Skype once again, many thanks for your help.