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Old 01-10-2011, 03:36 PM   #16
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my mic is built into the screen, not an external one
Old 01-10-2011, 04:05 PM   #17
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In any normal circumstance the line in connector should *not* be used for an analog microphone...the signal produced from microphones is very low and must be amplified for it to be usable (and mic inputs usually undergo hardware amplification). Line in inputs are for sources that do not need amplification. If you use a line in input for a microphone you will likely have to use software amplification to boost the signal, which will result in worse quality than simply using the microphone input and setting it up ALSA correctly to use it.
Thanks, T3slider, but this is the only way I can get the damn thing to work. Don't think I didn't try the microphone in the microphone hole - it was the very first idea I had.
Sometimes if you've tried all the reasonable approaches, and then the silly ones, and things still don't work, you might as well try the lunatic ones.
Old 03-26-2012, 08:29 PM   #18
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How to make microphone work!

The only solution to make microphone work is to install linux-backports-modules-alsa-generic...

Just go to:

Menu / System / Administration / Synaptic Package Manager

And search and mark for installation:


tip: if you have multiple versions click on the first and read the description which should inform what name to install...

If after the reboot and mic mute is off, still does not work, just go to terminal and type:

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

and add or change the following:

options snd-hda-intel model=auto enable=yes

Then Ctrl+X, type Y to write and exit, reboot and mic will work.

Bye and have lots of fun with Ubuntu (the best).
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