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Old 01-01-2017, 05:03 AM   #1
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Smile Sound lost in Skype


I don`t know what went wrong, but all of a sudden I realised that my Skype is without sound. Microphone says "Virtual Device", Speakers say "Virtual Device", Ringing says the same. No test sound, no sound in test call either.

Trying to start PulseAudio gets this:

"Connection to PulseAudio failed. Automatic retry i 5s." (This is getting me nowhere...)

"In this case this is likely because PULSE_SERVER in the Environment/X11 Reboot Window Properties or default_server in client.conf is misconfigured. This situation can also arrise when PulseAudio crashed and left stale details in the X11 Root Window. If this is the case, then PulseAudio should autospawn again, or if this is not configured you should run star-pulseaudio-x11 manually."

I have tried starting manually, even totally removing PulseAudio and reinstalling, to no use.As I am not very skilled with solving this kind of a problem, please someone, tell me step by step what to do. Thanks in advance!
 
Old 01-01-2017, 09:12 AM   #2
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maybe you are using some other app that uses alsa directly, thus blocking pulseaudio from using it?
between now and then, have you installed apps that use audio?
also open your pulseaudio mixer (pavucontrol?) and see if you can change away from that virtual device.
or, open a terminal, enter "alsamixer", press F6 and see if you can change something there (iirc; i don't use pa).
 
Old 01-01-2017, 12:58 PM   #3
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I completely removed pulseaudio. Tried to adjust things in alsamixer, no use. Cannot remember installing any new app that uses audio. Spotify and Gradio are working normally, so are the other like VLC and Banshee too. This is a mystery...
 
Old 01-03-2017, 05:09 AM   #4
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I completely removed pulseaudio.
when? before you posted your original post or after?
and which howto did you follow? removing pa does require a minumum of manual intervention iirc.
 
Old 01-03-2017, 08:34 AM   #5
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After.

Then re-installed it just to make a try.

Same announcement: Connection to PulseAudio failed. Automatic retry i 5s. (Automatic retry goes on forever) In this case this is likely because PULSE_SERVER in the Environment/X11 Reboot Window Properties or default_server in client.conf is misconfigured. This situation can also arrise when PulseAudio crashed and left stale details in the X11 Root Window. If this is the case, then PulseAudio should autospawn again, or if this is not configured you should run start-pulseaudio-x11 manually.

I donīt know anything about configuring or autospawn, running start-pulseaudio-x11 manually doesn`t work. Went back to Synaptic and did a complete removal of pulseaudio. Tried Skype, result: SNAFU (Situation Normal, All Fucked Up)
 
Old 01-03-2017, 10:34 AM   #6
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I don`t know what went wrong, but all of a sudden...
Famous last words.
Quit Skype.
Move or rename hidden /home/.Skype
Start Skype
Check devices.
 
Old 01-03-2017, 01:04 PM   #7
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Sorry Habitual!

As much as I wished it would work, but it didn`t. Neither moving or renaming did any good. Back to square one... Maybe I should create a Skype with new name and passw? Doesn`t seem very appealing, though.
 
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Maybe I should create a Skype with new name and passw? Doesn`t seem very appealing, though.
Not going to help.
Re(Moving) ~/.Skype is "as if it were never configured for/by you"

You could try a new user on the system and then use the existing skype userid on the new system user after you login as
the new system user....

Tell us about the Desktop Environment.
 
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dear op, you missed the second part of my previous post:
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and which howto did you follow? removing pa does require a minumum of manual intervention iirc.
in other words, only uninstalling pulseaudio might not be enough. one or 2 system files might need to be edited or removed.
where did you get your instructions for removing pulseaudio?
and which distro are you using?
was the howto compatible with your distro and version?
 
Old 01-04-2017, 02:33 PM   #10
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I did not get any instructions for removing pulseaudio, I just got fed up getting that announcement every time I tried to start it. Now it seems that I need pulseaudio after all, since I read somewhere that Skype 4.3 needs that, alsa won`t work with Skype 4.3. The question is: how can I get it working? And what the heck is "Virtual Device"?
I am using Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon.
Excuse me for being stupid (I`ll be 70 in a few weeks) but what do you mean with howto?
 
Old 01-04-2017, 03:50 PM   #11
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I'd remove or rename ~/.Skype and follow the instructions to re-install Skype, again.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Skype

and double-check against https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SkypeTroubleshooting
 
Old 01-05-2017, 03:42 AM   #12
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Don`t work. FYI: the loudspeaker icon on the toolbar disappeared "a long time ago". Maybe I should quit using Skype altogether (video working, sound muted both in and out)...
 
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Don`t work. FYI: the loudspeaker icon on the toolbar disappeared "a long time ago". Maybe I should quit using Skype altogether (video working, sound muted both in and out)...
Wickr is a "Secure" client-to-client messaging (only messaging).
Dunno if audio/sound is necessary, but there are few choices when it comes to Skype failure.
 
Old 01-05-2017, 12:29 PM   #14
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Hello Friends!

I did it the easier way, installed Ubuntu 16.10 and now all my worries are gone! Skype working as it should, Mint 18.1 was a disappointment, had other hardships with it too. Should have liked to keep it, but what can you do. Thanks all the same, even if we did not find the solution. Should I mark this as SOLVED or what...
 
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Hello Friends!

I did it the easier way, installed Ubuntu 16.10 and now all my worries are gone! Skype working as it should, Mint 18.1 was a disappointment, had other hardships with it too. Should have liked to keep it, but what can you do. Thanks all the same, even if we did not find the solution. Should I mark this as SOLVED or what...
Yes, solved.
LM18.x uses Ubu 16.x repo/software/eco-system.
 
  


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