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Getting Skype up and running on Ubuntu 9.04

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After having downloaded Skype for Ubuntu (ver. 2.0.0.72-1) 9.04 and installed it, I found a problem when trying to make a test call. Skype simply displays a message saying “Problem with audio playback”. I found a solution to this problem on the blog of Kholid Fuadi. In brief the solution is (in a shell):

  1. killall pulseaudio
  2. sudo apt-get remove pulseaudio
  3. sudo apt-get install esound
  4. sudo rm /etc/X11/Xsession.d/70pulseaudio
  5. reboot

That brought me one step further in getting Skype to work. The next problem appearing was the fact that the internal microphone did not capture any sound/voice. Btw my laptop is equipped with an Intel AD1984HD codec device. I found a comprehensive step-by-step guide at Mage Blog.


Start alsamixer (from a shell). Turn up the gain on everything except those named something with “boost”. Press tab and turn up the gain on the capture devices. The input source is set to “internal” (in case you don’t plug in a mic in the mini-jack port).

In System -> Preferences -> Sound i have used the following settings
Play around with the setting e.g. make a test recording with the Sound Recorder in order to verify that the capture device is working properly. In Skype I found it necessary to also specify the input device manually:

That did it. Now I have Skype working (haven’t tried video yet – but the internal web-cam captures just fine, so I guess it should work out of the box).
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Written by aandreasen

May 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Posted in Computers, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu

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