Since installing Xubuntu 14.04 the microphone has not worked either on my Laptop or Desktop installations. This is a system wide issue not confined to SKYPE.

Testing I have performed thus far:

  • Volume control

    Not muted.

  • Volume control > Recording

    While on Skype test call, the mic level does not move and there is no input devices showing.

  • Skype

    Unselected 'Allow Skype to automatically adjust mixer levels'.

  • ~$ arecord -d 10 /tmp/test-mic.wav

    Plays back interference noise only.

  • ~$ sudo aplay -l

    **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices **** card 0: MID [HDA Intel MID], device 0: CX20585 Analog [CX20585 Analog] Subdevices: 0/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 card 0: MID [HDA Intel MID], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

  • Volume Levels

    Unable to locate 'System->Preferences->Sound' in Settings, does not seem to exist?

  • Alsamixer settings

    I Do not see 'Mic' tab only 'Mic Boost' tab? I tried increaing the 'Internal Mic Boost' level and disabling 'Auto-Mute Mode' but no change.

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Add additional drivers

  • Installed latest driver for my Nvidia graphics card
  • Confirmed that drivers are in use lspci -vnn | grep -i VGA -A 12 Kernel driver in use: nvidia
  • Checked hardware acceleration Quadro FX 1700/PCIe/SSE2

Further Alsamixer testing

  • aplay -lL

default Playback/recording through the PulseAudio sound server null Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture) pulse PulseAudio Sound Server sysdefault:CARD=Intel HDA Intel, AD1988 Analog Default Audio Device front:CARD=Intel,DEV=0 HDA Intel, AD1988 Analog Front speakers surround40:CARD=Intel,DEV=0 HDA Intel, AD1988 Analog 4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers surround41:CARD=Intel,DEV=0 HDA Intel, AD1988 Analog 4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers surround50:CARD=Intel,DEV=0 HDA Intel, AD1988 Analog 5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers surround51:CARD=Intel,DEV=0 HDA Intel, AD1988 Analog 5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers surround71:CARD=Intel,DEV=0 HDA Intel, AD1988 Analog 7.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Side, Rear and Woofer speakers iec958:CARD=Intel,DEV=0 HDA Intel, AD1988 Digital IEC958 (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Output **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices **** card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: AD1988 Analog [AD1988 Analog] Subdevices: 0/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 1: AD1988 Digital [AD1988 Digital] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 2: AD1988 Alt Analog [AD1988 Alt Analog] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

  • F6: Select sound card: nvidia/nvidia-340

Error Cannot Can not open mixer device 'nvidia'. No such file or directory


  • lspci -nn | grep -i audio

00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:3a3e]

  • lspci

03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G84GL [Quadro FX 1700] (rev a1)

Thanks for any help in advance!


In alsamixer, press F4 to get to the mic settings, and disable this "Auto-mute" thing I see on screenshot too.
And the main thing is - use pavucontrol instead of alsamixer and stop reading that 10-year-old manual you have found all this things in. Pulseaudio overrides and essentially deprecates all this stuff.

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