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Mic only works in sound recorder and although it works there its just a bunch of static underneath the spoken word, but audible. In skype, cheese, and using "arecord test.wav" at the terminal, it's the same static/white noise with nothing I'm saying being recorded. I'm using a Gateway LT2016U (KAV60?) and not sure where to begin. Tweaking alsamixer yields no result, but if it works in one app shouldn't it work in all?

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this is the built in mic on the netbook btw – Noel Oct 24 '11 at 17:39
Are you still experiencing this problem? – Tom Brossman Mar 31 '12 at 17:03

try switching from asla or pulseaudio to oss open up terminal and type gstreamer-properties and it should pull up a config box to change sound settings

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I couldn't use OSS, but I did find this helpful. My sound input was defaulting to the mobo sound input (which is unconnected), and I was able to switch to my webcam mic. – mehaase May 28 '13 at 13:19
Also I just realized the "G" in gstreamer is for Gnome... On Kubuntu I also found it useful to go into the Multimedia control panel and disable my onboard audio, and then "prefer" the webcam audio. – mehaase May 28 '13 at 13:45

Just a guess: There might be a second microphone connector on your mainboard which you need to turn off. Check the "input" page of the audio-settings.

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there's analong input and analog microphone, I've tried both neither are working. No way to turn one off over the other just a way to select em. – Noel Oct 20 '11 at 23:39

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