Yo Arshad, I praise your patience.
As I just happen to get my own Skype + webcam working yesterday (and interesting Sunday. And Saturday before that.) let's get to it.
[I am not over-confident, but it works here so...]
1) try to find Skype-for-linux-1.4 - The last time all stopped working here, skype1.4, without video, did it. I am uploading it for you on my private webhost, but better if you can find it from a trusted source.
Otherwise, get it here:
2) Now, to do a check with another software, I recommend ekiga
which may as well be already on your system; it's the open-sourced alternative, with Voice and Cam. start it with just alt-F2
and type ekiga
- for full In/Out checking rec/play, try Audacity if you feel like digging into sound engineering...
3) Settings; I've always had issues with PulseAudio; having been working professionally with the Alsa stack in live events, I really don't understand why they are switching... Well, doesn't matter: the Way of the Caveman here is to fire up yum or yumex, search all alsa and alsalibs and alsa*, install them, and then try your sound, then check your skype 1.4 sound settings where you can define your specific in/outs [settings are in the littlt button lowermost left - just in case!] - I swear on my F9 brand new, up-to-date laptop that I removed completely pulseaudio and it works! (thanks to alsamixer of course) - all other F7 stations here rely on alsamixer, including the one that pilots my 12Ins/12Outs Hoontech pro souncard.
4) If your webcam contains a mic, UNPLUG IT! I am serious, that' s from experience - it steals the Mic part, behave as a full soundcard which it is not, of course!
Check, if you can fire up Gnome
, by doubleclick your little loudspeaker near the topmost right bar: there you can devise what soundcard the system use.
Did I suggested to avoid pulseaudio??
[there are other ways but I use Enlightenment DR16 myself, I don't remember XFCE well enough to remember how to define the used sound "stack" - you can fire gnome just for one test-session can you? If not, you can open a terminal and do "gnome-volume-control" it will bring you the said control interface, go to preferences.]
- Can you hear yourself in a microphone (in your loudspeakers)??
- In a terminal, try alsamixer: if you have only 1 fader on screen, it's not good from my un-authorized opinion
; the name of the current, selected interface is topmost left - anything with USB in it probably means your camera behaves as a sound card.
Now, you should have Alsamixer
; it's a mixer in your terminal, use it to find out your 2 mics settings:
1° the one that drives the absolute input level, usually on the far right of the mixer; it will determine how much "juice" it sends to the system (and therefore, to skype); it's name can be deceiving, like "analog input" or absurd stuff like that.
2° further left of this one, there is the one that controls the amount of return to your front loudspeakers: this one is to be set quite low to avoid echoes, larsens and suchlike; it's usually called Mic, if you have a front panel on your computer with sound plugs, then you'll probably have Front Mic too. You can use audacity to try to record yourself with your mic to be sure that part is covered; both Mic to System and
Mic to Loudspeakers must be functional.
3° Find and enable MicBoost, it's usually mandatory on pcboards based soundcards hooked to -10v microphones
Find a deskshtot of alsamixer in use here:
it's from a dual screen set-up; the switchkey M
below a fader means Muted; you navigate from sliders to sliders with the left/right arrows
, and select In or Out or All with Tab
. get out with Esc
That's it for today, good luck. I think there's matter to try things up there.