Hi all, got a strange problem using Skype.
I have a Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD. Alsamixer recognises it fine, but if I load Skype and attempt to access the Sound Devices section in the menu then Skype just crashes. If I unplug the Webcam and use my headset plugged into the front mike jack, there are no problems AT ALL.
Here's the weird part - if I unplug the webcam, load skype and wait for skype to login (which it would do smoothly) and THEN plug the webcam in, I can select it from the audio menu and it work's PERFECTLY.
I imagine it is something to do with conflicting sound devices, but I don't know much about it. Can anyone offer any input?
I should mention that if I run up Skype in the terminal with the webcam plugged in, when I attempt to access the audio options Skype crashes and I get the following error in the terminal:
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:1018:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) unable to open slave
Thanks in advance!
Last edited by Raiden616 (2012-12-06 22:40:54)
No one got any ideas?
Checked the Skype log?
How do I check the Skype log?
Any suggestions would be very welcome - I am completely at a loss here.
Same problem here. Using the same workaround too (unplug usb camera before starting skype). I noticed the usb webcam can become the primary audio device (in alsamixer) and then Skype doesn't start properly. Raiden616, does that happen to you too?
I don't know how to prevent the usb webcam from becoming the primary sound device. Perhaps, one needs some kind of udev rule for this. Anyone?
I am also struck by odd problems like this the latest versions of skype.
What happens is that even if i have my headset selected as in/out in the audio-device-settings
- skype always default to outputting the sound on my speakers.
What i do for a quick non-fix is to press "test sound settings" each time i start skype, and the sound get's set to what it should.
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