Low recording volume in Skype and Ubuntu Hardy

I decided to install Skype on my Dell 1521 laptop running Xubuntu Hardy. Installation of Skype went fine, and Skype’s audio playback worked fine. Skype was also able to use the laptop’s built-in webcam, which was pretty cool, too. However, it appeared that the laptop’s built-in microphone was not working. After some testing, though, I found that the mic was working, the volume was just amazingly low. Like ghostly whisper quiet. It took me a while to figure out how to fix this, but in the end, the following worked:

  1. Set the input to Digital Mic
  2. Go into alsamixer and <tab> to change to Capture mode
  3. Set the slider for Capture and MUX up to the highest possible
  4. Exit out of alsamixer
  5. Go into Skype, and change the audio devices to one of the HW0 options
  6. Save, then exit out of Skype
  7. Go back into Skype, change the audio devices to Default Device
  8. Save your config changes

Once I did the above, volume was at a very audible level for both input and output were perfect in Skype. And I can cross one more thing off my to-do list.

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One Response to “Low recording volume in Skype and Ubuntu Hardy”

  • Rohit says:

    Awesome, worked for me immediately! Thank you very much for posting this else I would spent hours scouring the Internet for this!

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