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In order for Skype to work with the mic in my webcam, I need to change the sound preferences -> Input to "0825 Analog Mono" (default is "Internal Audio Analog Stereo"). However whenever I reboot this gets reset. How can I make it the default?

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i would check the alsa docs – RobotHumans Nov 8 '10 at 5:52

Unfortunately, this may be a bug in Ubuntu's integration of PulseAudio and alsa-utils. We're investigating possible resolutions.

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Any news on this topic? This bug is still existing in the newest Ubuntu version. – n3rd Jun 23 '11 at 15:48
@danieltchen can you provide a link to the bug report? – d3vid Sep 29 '11 at 10:00

Have a look over at How can my audio input always be the webcam microphone? where I have just posted a way to make a webcam mic the default input whenever it is connected.

It is not super easy - you need to fiddle with udev rules and install a shell script, but it does work 100%

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