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After I upgraded to Xubuntu 12.04 from 11.10, I noticed skype was uninstalled, so I reinstalled it with aptitude. Now if I install skype I don't have sound any more in my mp4 clips.

If I uninstall skype I have sound again in my mp4 clips, unless I pause the clip and resume, then the sound is gone again.

I tested this on parole and vlc. Is there a fix or is it just a bug?

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You could try doing VLC>extra>preferences>audio: choose alsa audio-output along with use S/PDIF if possible checked.

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