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Configuring Audio for Skype Dell Inspiron 1525 Ubuntu 8

June 24 2008 : posted under linux ubuntu

This is a very old blog post which has lost

The audio controls for the Dell hardware are less than obvious; I didn’t even notice that there is a built in microphone.

Below are screen grabs of the settings that work for me - giving audio at the right levels for Skype calls.

On the settings tab; ensure “capture” is enabled, “digital” seems to control the mic level - I found midway to be about right - higher levels caused distortion.

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Output: “Master” is the main volume control (which is the level affected by the inbuilt volume buttons).

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On the settings tab ensure ‘analog loopback’ is unchecked or you just get the microphone fed back into your headphones without being picked up by skype. This is the setting I messed at first.

Set “Input Source” to “front Mic” if you have an external microphone, or “Mic” to use the inbuilt one.

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There seems to be a Ubuntu bug which is displaying some settings multiple times (like input source). I just used the first one and ignored the others.