Audio capture in Skype and other devices
If your skype test call doesn't give your voice back then you may have to enable your "microphone capture" an your "mic boost" devices. Note that this aren't the "microphone" device. This also applies to any other program that need microphone capturing, as the ekiga VoIP service, and is not skype unique feature.
Applicable to Fedora Versions
- Fedora 7+
Doing the Work
Enabling "microphone capture" and "mic boost" doesn't require installing anything, it is just a "preferences" matter, it woul be done using GUI mostly. This is an issue that is not affecting all machines (in my case it did).
- Open a terminal
- As normal user write:
- The "Volume Control" graphical alsamixer will pop up, check if you have "Switches" tab next to "Playback" tab, then ensure you have "Microphone capture" and "Mic boost" checked. Also turn off "Microphone" in "playback" tab as it can be a very buzzy friend (this has nothing to see with the microphone capturing, in fact you can remove "microphone" as I do. If you do not have "Switches" tab, "Microphone capture" or "Mic boost", do this:
- Microphone non checked, Microphone Capture and Mic Boost checked:
- Then close, now you should see the Switches tab, ensure both devices just added are checked:
- We are done. You should now be able to use your microphone in any VoIP application.
How to test
Common problems and fixesCurrently there are no known issues.
We test this stuff on our own machines, really we do. But you may run into problems, if you do, come to #fedora on irc.freenode.net