I messed up the audio settings and now I can’t use Skype because the computer doesn’t “listen” to the microphone (plugged or not). I can hear, but they can not hear me, as if my microphone is off, but it is not. I used Pulse Audio Volume Control to try to record the computer sound using Audacity, but I only got the problem described. Is there a way to reset the audio settings to the original mode (ubuntu 18.04.4)

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If the issue is strictly related to pulseaudio settings, yes resetting it will do the trick.
Simply delete the configuration files and restart pulseaudio :

rm -f ~/.config/pulse/*
sudo killall pulseaudio
# daemon(s) will restart imediately

More information : https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/PulseAudio/Documentation/User/

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    Thanks @cmak.fr worked!
    – Lobon
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 17:32
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    Worked for me, thanks Commented May 24, 2021 at 2:39
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    @cmak.fr Thanks, it worked 🙏
    – ant_dev
    Commented Dec 3, 2022 at 15:38
  • You may also need to remove file /var/lib/alsa/asound.state if your audio system has stored the messed up state at ALSA level. Otherwise the OS will restore the same config after the reboot. Commented May 25, 2023 at 14:44

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