I have Ubuntu 13.10 installed on a Lenovo Laptop, together with skype When I use skype I can have different behavior:

  • Microphone and Speakers work (i.e. sound in and sound out)
  • Only speakers work (i.e. only sound out)
  • None works (i.e. neither sound in nor sound out).

When I listen to music on a browser, with mplayer or other devices, let it be music or a video, I ALWAYS hear the sound without any issues. I have the problem (as far as I can see it) only with skype.

How can I fix it? What information do you require to give helpful hints?

I see the mixer on the lower right, otherwise I do not know anything about sound in Ubuntu (neither ALSA, nor PulseAudio or anything).

  • Anyone can help? Please! – Alex Dec 2 '13 at 20:57

This worked for me:

Get The Sound Working In Skype With Ubuntu 13.10 ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog

With the addition that in the Systems Settings => Sound => Effects I had to turn the volume on Alert down to about 20% to stop a loud "buzzing" (feedback?) effect - even when there was no alert(!).

Now to figure out how to get the video working in Skype ;-)


I had the same problem. I still have a problem with microphne, but the sound problems are okay now. I had to do something with PulseAudio, that what caused the problem.

Skype and VLC sounds sizzle/distorted/bad

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