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Ubuntu 14.04 / Skype audio input not working

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Novel Tourist

I can't get audio input to work on Ubuntu 14.04 with Skype All settings are ok, I have verified with pavucontrol, mic is working fine in all other applications. Any ideas?

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Novel Adventurer

the following thing worked for me:


sudo apt-get install pavucontrol


that will  also install pulseaudio server which will provide the virtual device for skype. If that still does not work, go to skype "sound devices" settings and launch "Open pulseaudio volume control". There ou can check which input/ouput devices are on/off and set the right thing for you.

Novel Adventurer

I'm having the same problem. When I select Options/Sound Devices in Skype, there is only one option in the dropdown menus for Microphone and Speakers: "Virtual Device." See the screenshot:

I have PulseAudio Volume Control-- it seems that skype isn't recognizing that.  Audio, mics, speakers work fine on all other applications.

Novel Adventurer

I had the "virtual device" thing before I installed pulseaudio. Now it says "pulseaudio server (local)". Could it be that pulseaudio server is not installed (that would be strange however, since you have pavucontrol) ? Try to reinstall pulseaudio:


sudo apt-get install --reinstall pulseaudio pavicontrol


The fact that sound/mic is working in all other apps does not mean that pulseaudio is installed, because all other apps use another sound server. Pulseaudio is a requirement by microsoft, and it is only required by skype as far as I know.

Novel Adventurer

I tried that... Skype still gives me the same options.  And now, when I open pavucontrol, I see this:


What to do?

Novel Adventurer

Hi, I am sorry to propose you again the same thing, but it really seems like you pulseaudio server is not configured correctly. So, I suggest removing the pulseaudio server together with its configuration like so


sudo apt-get remove --purge pulseaudio


Then check that config files in  /etc/pulseaudio/* do not exist, if they do, remove them.

Then remove local config directories: probably ".config/pulse" and maybe also ".pulse" from your home directory.


then run again


sudo apt-get install pulseaudio


That is all I can suggest. Configuring pulseaudio manually is not my cup of tea.


(You might also try to remove skype with  its configuration files,

  sudo apt-get remove --purge skype

  rm -r .config/Skype

  rm -r .Skype

and then reinstall skype. Beware that removing Skype config will also remove your skype log files)

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