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This is weird. I use suse 9.3. Everything works pretty well. All audio applications/movie players handles sound correctly. But skype messes all up. When i want to call someone, often I get an error message "problem with sound device" and even though i rerun alsaconf, and I'm able to call, skype just won't work correctly. I have lots of echo, even feedbacks, the sound just disappears, then comes back on. I'm sure there is no firewall problem. In fact everything worked fine in the beginning.
Was Skype working properly at some point in the past? It doesn't sound like a firewall issue, but check within alsamixer or whatever mixer you use and check your line capture or similar isn't enabled, as it tries to capture anything from your mic and play it back. Doesn't work too well with Skype! Otherwise, what sound card do you have and what version of Skype do you have installed - there's a new version released a few days ago, with a SuSE package available.
It did work perfectly in the beginning. Now, I can't have a conversation but file transfers and chat still works fine. When i run alsaconf it tells me that I have a "intel8x0 Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97" card. Everything seems to be correctly detected and set up. Do you think my soundcard is the problem?
I just don't want to rerun alsaconf, or reboot my computer every time someone skypes me while I'm listening to music.
OK, now everything works again. I did the following:
Uninstalled the newest skype rpm. I downloaded the zip/bz2 archive of the newest version. Run skype with the --resources-path /skype/sound commando.
After this step, it worked better but my friend still had problems with the echo when we spoke. Also my microphone was very low even if I had put all on max.
I started kmixer, and activated record under microphone (input tab). And everything just worked very well. Two questions though:
1) What does this activate record button do? Does it only sort of normalize the input volume? Or does it actually record the conversation?
2) How can I make a desktop icon linked to skype which also includes the --resources-path /skype/sound prefix? Or else I will not have any sound notifying.