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I tried a friends camera and I see the video fine in a test but I dont seem to have any audio when I try to make a test sound.
my sound it not on mute and is maxed out.
My startup sound plays when I first login and when I press the up and down volume controls it make a beep... so I know it works.
Thoughts on why skype wont do sound?
I am running version 126.96.36.199
Check out Options > Sound Devices. Skype sometimes changes the sound devices. So infact what's sound in may actually be your sound card when it should be a mic. Play around (use test sound, test call).
The Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 works great in Skype. To use the inbuilt microphone, go to "Options" (in Skype), "Sound Devices", set "Sound In" to "USB Device 0x46d:0x990 (hw:UOx46d0x990,0". Sound Out and Ringing set to Default device.
Skype can be a bit fiddly with its mic and sound settings but once you have it sorted it works every time. I am using Skype all the time (same version as OP) with an el cheapo webcam of which I don't even know the brand name.