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I'm trying to use skype in ubuntu 11. But it fails. It seems something is wrong with my speak driver, how can i fix it? It's ok in Windows.

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What exactly means "something went wrong"? are you receiving a driver specific message? or just can't get your audio from/to skype? – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Aug 19 '11 at 14:38

You can test your speakers in sound preferences:

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Regarding sound issues the Ubuntu Wiki has a SoundTroubleshootingProcedure that checks in detail any issues regarding sound.

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"SoundTroubleshootingProcedure" does not check speakers with sound. There is no test speakers in 10.04 LTS. – keepitsimpleengineer Jul 10 '12 at 21:18

you can test it using gstreamer properties just press alt-F2 then enter


it should look like this just press test on default output

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This only tests one speaker. – keepitsimpleengineer Jul 10 '12 at 21:18

Also it is worth being aware that there is a tick box in your skypoe options box to stop skype messing up your sound options as well which if you are running pulse audio it sometimes does. I have found that deselecting the option here helps where it says Allow Skype to automatically adjust my mixer levels.

turn this off!

More info here from the skype site

skype for linux

Let us know how you get on

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Good one andybleaden! – Rinzwind Aug 19 '11 at 15:02
years of frustration taught me that trick..oh and google! thanks :) – andybleaden Aug 19 '11 at 18:02

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