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#1 2021-01-04 20:29:41

Registered: 2021-01-04
Posts: 4

[SOLVED] Webcam microphone not working with MS Teams

Long time lurker, first time poster...

I've been using Microsoft Teams on my Arch laptop for a while without problems. Now I'm trying to get it to work on my desktop, also running Arch.

It works fine, except that the built in microphone of my webcam does not work, no sound is recorded (or at least not sent). (Teams recognizes the microphone though, it's in the drop down of available devices.) The webcam is of the brand "Lovebay", and was, well, extremely cheap, but it works fine (both audio and video) in other apps.

I realize this is probably Teams' fault, but if anyone has had the same problem and found a solution, or has any good ideas about how to diagnose microphone problems, let me know! Thanks.

Last edited by pale_lamp (2021-01-05 18:47:49)


#2 2021-01-04 20:52:01

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Registered: 2012-10-16
Posts: 11,851

Re: [SOLVED] Webcam microphone not working with MS Teams


sudo fuser -v /dev/snd/*
pacmd list-sources
pacmd list-source-outputs


[code]code tags[/code]

during a recording attempt

Teams is a electron application, they'd have to actively fuck up pretty hard to mess something up here.

Last edited by V1del (2021-01-04 20:53:31)


#3 2021-01-04 20:55:20

From: Pasadena, CA
Registered: 2009-07-13
Posts: 17,586

Re: [SOLVED] Webcam microphone not working with MS Teams

If you install and run pavucontrol, does the microphone show up.  Is there any activity in the peak meter for that input.  If not, can you start a mixer and ensure that input is not muted?

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#4 2021-01-05 18:51:55

Registered: 2021-01-04
Posts: 4

Re: [SOLVED] Webcam microphone not working with MS Teams

Tried out the suggestions above, without success, microphone did not show up.

Got hold of a new, better, webcam, everything is working fine.

I do remember the old webcam working with other apps, so it must presumably have broken just now. Takeaway: don't buy cheap webcams.


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