[wellylug] pulseaudio & skype

Rob Collins robcollins55 at aim.com
Wed Mar 16 11:44:32 NZDT 2011

Franck, thank you thank you thank you!  I disabled Pulseaudio as you 
suggested here and I now have full direct control back of my audio 
devices, fantastic!  I guess I should have googled myself but it is hard 
to know exactly what to look for if you have no idea what a solution 
might be.  Thanks, and I will also pursue sorting pulseaudio out on an 
experimental basis with your other tips below but for now at least I 
have all sound control back.


On 16/03/2011 4:00 a.m., franck wrote:
> In YaST under Sound|Other|PulseAudio Configuration... there semmes to be  a
> checkbox to disable PulseAudio.. I don't use opensuse, I cannot confirm but if
> it can help.
> Fanck.
> Le mardi 15 mars 2011 09:44:58, franck a écrit :
>> I'm actually using the kde version of ubuntu with the 4.6.1 update of kde.
>> You're totally right, kde is missing a proper PulseAudio management tool.
>> Next thing is using pactl and pacmd.
>> "pactl list" should list a client with Application.name = Skype.
>> in pacmd command line during a phone call test, using the
>> "list-sink-inputs" command, you should get the skype listed as a sink
>> also. If you can paste the output of both. Add the "list-sources" to check
>> the inputs availables.
>> The paman utility may be handy in your case but it's a gnome based utility
>> again.
>> Oh.. did you try to plug in a microphone and perform a test call ?
>> Franck.
>> Le lundi 14 mars 2011 22:52:17, Rob Collins a écrit :
>>> Thanks all for replies.  Yes Franck, in fact "PulseAudio Server (local)"
>>> is the *only* option for all sound inputs and outputs on my skype
>>> settings.
>>> Glen:  I follow that apps that are trying to access sound devices direct
>>> instead of going through pulseaudio will throw up an error instead but
>>> skype on this Opensuse 11.4 distro *is* a pulseaudio app and also
>>> refuses to make the skype test call only while pavucontrol is running.
>>> ie It is happy enough making the test call when pavucontrol is not up.
>>> Kingsley:  one of the reasons why i went with opensuse originally was
>>> that they had made the decision not to force pulseaudio into kde, but
>>> unfortunately this seems to have been reversed now.  I have been down
>>> the remove-pulse-in-favour-of-alsa route before but you just end up
>>> fighting against the flow in my experience with distros that the devs
>>> have set up around pulse.  I am really not sure what my next move should
>>> be.
>>> For all those who said their ubuntu *.* works fine with skype pulse, I
>>> am really not surprised as gnome seems to be far better equipped to
>>> handle this sound system.  Conversely there seems to be no kde native
>>> tools to properly assess and control what pulse is doing.
>>> Rob
>>>    On 15/03/2011 9:41 a.m., franck wrote:
>>>> Hi Rob.
>>>> I'm using Skype on an Ubuntu 10.10 (x64) and skype manages
>>>> pulseaudio without problem.
>>>> In Skype sound option, I can setup pulseaudio as Microphone and Output.
>>>> The exact label is "PulseAudio Server (local)"
>>>> Do you have this option available?
>>>> Franck.
>>>> Le lundi 14 mars 2011 21:20:38, Rob Collins a écrit :
>>>>> Well I successfully got Opensuse 11.4 up and running on my acer intel
>>>>> laptop with ATI sound.  Everything works really well with many speed
>>>>> improvements especially noticeable now kde4.6 is the desktop.  Well
>>>>> that is except for skype 2.1b2 because Opensuse have now swapped to
>>>>> pulseaudio (dammit).  Can anybody tell me what I should be doing to
>>>>> assess what is going wrong that my pulseaudio skpe cannot use the
>>>>> internal mic (the one just above the laptop display)?  btw, all other
>>>>> sound recording apps seem to be working fine, it appears to be just
>>>>> skype with the problem.
>>>>> pavucontrol:
>>>>> I have tried having pavucontrol open to check for mic usage with its
>>>>> usage meter but it seems they have set opensuse's sound system up so
>>>>> that pavucontrol takes TOTAL control of the sound system while running
>>>>> so no other application can access the sound!  All I get with sound
>>>>> recording apps when I try to run while pavucontrol is up are "cannot
>>>>> access sound device..." type messages.
>>>>> Rob Collins
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