How can I configure Skype to correctly use my Logitech USB Headset microphone?

I use Skype 2.1(Beta) with the following USB Headset:

input: Logitech Logitech USB Headset as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.2/usb8/8-1/8-1:1.3/input/input6

generic-usb 0003:046D:0A0C.0002: input,hidraw1: USB HID v1.00 Device [Logitech Logitech USB Headset]

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    Is it a Logitech Clear Chat headset? Nov 25, 2010 at 5:27
  • I have a USB headset here, Its Turtle Beaches P11's But it doesnt show up. I payed good money for them, and they dont work. with anything. Do I need to use Windows to use these headphones or something?
    – user142660
    Mar 22, 2013 at 22:40
  • if you are on x64 Ubuntu, this may help (as long as you have your sound working overall): $ sudo apt-get install libpulse0:i386 (courtesy vaelen.org/2013/06/03/skype-problems-on-ubuntu-13-04-64bit)
    – mlvljr
    Sep 11, 2013 at 17:10

3 Answers 3


Check if you've configured the capture device (in Sound Preferences > Input) to your desired usb headset. You may also wish to 1) disallow Skype's managing your microphone levels; 2) unmute your microphone and raise the level to an amplified one (also in Sound Preferences > Input). Note also that if you're using 10.10, you'll need the latest updates installed for linux, alsa-lib, and pulseaudio.


Install pavucontrol

sudo apt-get install pauvcontrol

and make sure the correct device is being used for skype (both input and output).


Here's how I resolved my Logitech Headset through Skype problem. NOTHING is wrong with your headset if you hear music or video.

  1. Open Tools in Skype (go to "Tools" at the top menu, next to "Help")
  2. Click "Tools" and scroll down to the bottom for "Options" and click it
  3. Now scroll down to "Audio Settings" and click it
  4. the second category down is "Speakers". Inside the box you should read:

    Speakers (2-Logitech USB Headset).

    If it does not appear in the box, rather another speaker system, click the down (black, not green) arrow right next to the box. That speaker system is probably what you are seeing inside the box, which are your COMPUTER speakers, which Skype thinks you prefer.

    Assuming the "Logitech USB Headset" is also an option that you see, click Logitech. Now Logitech appears in the Speakers selection box.

  5. Go to the bottom and SAVE. This will tell Skype that you prefer Logitech Headset for your output speaker.

This is how I corrected my Logitech Headset and Skype problem. Works great now!

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