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My Olympus microphone is not working in Ubuntu on Skype or in the Sound Recorder application.

It works fine on Windows 7 without the need for me to ever do anything. My computer doesn't have a mic, so I just bought this little one that plugs straight into the Mic input.

Is there anything I need to do to get it working? It's annoying because I can't Skype in Ubuntu I have to boot into Windows 7, which I don't enjoy.

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In your audio settings (last entry in the speaker menu top right), what device is selected in the input tab? And make sure it is not muted. –  david Nov 5 '10 at 6:57
    
Wow haha. Thanks. It was just muted. I wonder why that is the default? –  Michael Nov 8 '10 at 6:07
    
It's muted by default because some hardware can be damaged when both the mic(s) and speakers are unmuted. Maintaining a whitelist of known-working combinations would be cumbersome, too. –  Daniel T Chen Nov 23 '10 at 22:00

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From the first and second comments to the question, I have a feeling that the question is answered by @david:

In your audio settings (last entry in the speaker menu top right), what device is selected in the input tab? And make sure it is not muted.

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