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Slackovado 08-17-2012 07:09 PM

Skype 4 problems - not using webcam mic by default and low volume during a call
 
Hi,
So I've upgraded to the new Skype 4 using a sbo from the sbo site.
Everything went fine.
But when I started using I have to go to options and select my usb Logitech webcam mic every time and the setting does not stick.
Also the person on the other end complains the volume is too low even though my mic volume (for the webcam) is already at max.
I had no such problems with version 2 of Skype.

Anyone else having similar problems?

Habitual 08-18-2012 08:15 AM

I have general low-level audio issues in slackware13.
skype-4.0.0.8-i486-1_SBo with usb-headset/mic levels are inferior...

Output from desktop speakers...?well I rarely use them for phone calls.

Skype Test calls confirm mic is okay and it does playback from that call decently, but it is very low level playback.

Subscribed with interest...

BashTin 08-18-2012 09:36 AM

Well I maybe stating the obvious here, but you never know. When I had problems with low level input or outputs I found some channels in kmix were either muted or low. If you click on the little speaker icon in the task bar there is an option to open the mixer. Check the channels. On mine there is microphone boost, speaker boost, select master channel, front speaker volume, rear speaker volume, etc. If you know it is obvious, if you don't (like I didn't) it can give you the run around. Maybe relevant, maybe not. Good luck!

BashTin.

Habitual 08-18-2012 04:11 PM

Thanks BashTin:

I have played with all the visible options in most of the mixer-related programs on the System.
Nothing has changed.

I did make an asound.conf per AlienBob's write-up|how to here...

lspci:
Code:

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
hwinfo --sound reports...
Code:

hwinfo --sound
11: PCI 1b.0: 0403 Audio device                               
  [Created at pci.318]
  Unique ID: u1Nb.9JZo7nxTPx4
  SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0
  SysFS BusID: 0000:00:1b.0
  Hardware Class: sound
  Model: "Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller"
  Vendor: pci 0x8086 "Intel Corporation"
  Device: pci 0x27d8 "82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller"
  SubVendor: pci 0x17aa "Lenovo"
  SubDevice: pci 0x2066
  Revision: 0x02
  Driver: "HDA Intel"
  Driver Modules: "snd_hda_intel"
  Memory Range: 0xd0440000-0xd0443fff (rw,non-prefetchable)
  IRQ: 40 (1133571 events)
  Module Alias: "pci:v00008086d000027D8sv000017AAsd00002066bc04sc03i00"
  Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: snd_hda_intel is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe snd_hda_intel"
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown

Thank you for your time.

Ygrex 08-18-2012 07:18 PM

no idea about settings persistence, but for Mic I often had these two issues:
1. mic boost is turned off
2. volume auto-tuning is not disabled in Skype settings

Habitual 08-19-2012 10:49 AM

Ygrex:

Thanks.

Slackovado 08-19-2012 03:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ygrex (Post 4757945)
no idea about settings persistence, but for Mic I often had these two issues:
1. mic boost is turned off
2. volume auto-tuning is not disabled in Skype settings

I don't understand.
Mic boost is very specific to your audio device. Not all sound cards have it and same goes for webcams
By the same token, volume auto-tuning is device dependent. It's a nice feature when the device supports it. For example my Logitech webcam has auto-exposure and auto-volume (Logitech calls it right-light and right-sound I think) and it's worked very well so I didn't have to ever adjust the mic volume.

Skype 2.x worked well with those features, as it simply reads the outputs from the webcam, the webcam drivers handle everything else.
So I don't understand at all why this basic functionality (you could say the most fundamental functionality) in Skype is now broken.

I've read the Skype devblog and they brag how there are too many things they'd worked on, to list in the changelog.
Well, maybe I'm blind or a moron (or both) but it looks to me like they've made one minor cosmetic change to the video window to make it look like the one from Skype for Windows.
Other than that, nothing, absolutely nothing has changed. Oh wait, yeah, they started breaking Skype for Linux users, subtly first, now audio is unusable, and you only find out that Skype is using the wrong audio device after the call begins so you have wave at the other person to wait while you change (guessing at picking the usb webcam from the list) your audio device.
I'm sure with next version, they'll be finished breaking Skype for Linux, so it's completely unusable.

Ygrex 08-19-2012 11:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Slackovado (Post 4758482)
volume auto-tuning is device dependent

it's not; anyway, i did not say that something of these things is broken since skype 4


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