[kwlug-disc] Skype on Linux: some quirks

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Tue Dec 7 10:45:33 EST 2010

On Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 9:54 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

> I have been using Skype on Linux for a few years.
> Dialing from Skype to Skype works fine. Voice is
> OK for both parties.
> Using SkypeOut to dial a land line ($2.99 a month
> by the way for USA and Canada), works only in that
> I can hear the other side, but they cannot hear me.
> The sound is muffled, and there is a background
> whine.
> The above happens even after I upgrade to the
> latest build.
> Using Google Voice (also works on Linux) to dial
> land lines (free for a limited time) also suffers from
> the same problem (the user of the land line cannot
> hear me well, but I can hear them).
> It could not be the network since Skype to Skype
> works well. It cannot be the drivers because of
> the same reasons.
> What is weirder is that I installed Skype for Android
> on my phone, and using SkypeOut to call a land
> line works fine. This is the same network (WiFi)
> that the laptop uses.
> Where can the problem be then?
> Any similar experiences or ideas?

I found the problem. It is so silly that it is inconceivable ...

In alsamixer, the capture was set to the maximum, thus causing
all these problems. Setting to the middle solved it.

Doh ...
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
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