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Old 10-07-2009, 09:09 PM   #1
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Skype + USB Logitech Headset Not Working Together

Okay, I've searched through the forums here on and I've tried several things, but I still can't get Skype to work with my USB headset.

Here's the output from arecord -l:
**** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 0: ALC888 Analog [ALC888 Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 2: ALC888 Analog [ALC888 Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: Headset [Logitech USB Headset], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
I tried creating this file, ~/.asoundrc with these entries:
pcm. !default {
type plug
slave.pcm "combined"

pcm.combined {
type asym
playback.pcm "playback"
capture.pcm "hw:1,0"

pcm.playback {
type dmix
ipc_key 1024
slave {
pcm "hw:0,0"
period_time 0
period_size 1024
buffer_size 4096
rate 44100
bindings {
0 0
1 1

ctl.dmixer {
type hw
card 1
Using the Sound Recorder app, I tested that Linux will work with the headset. I'm able to record and playback, although the recording is a little weak, it works.

When I'm in Skype, I go to the Options > Sound Devices and the only choice I have for Microphone, Speakers and Ringing is PulseAudio server (local). Shouldn't I have other choices so I can switch Skype to use the headset?

I think I'm close, but I don't have a good understanding of the Linux sound/USB to Skype architecture.

Old 10-09-2009, 02:34 PM   #2
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Hate to tell you this but I couldn't get usb sound to work with skype either. I went to the regular sound card plugin and now it works fine. Good luck with this.


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