- title Audio Capture
Making your Microphone Work
If you're having trouble getting your audio input to work in programs like sound-recorder or Skype, it may just be because Ubuntu ships with the necessary options disabled and hidden away in hard-to-find places. Here's what you do to get a microphone plugged into an audio port going: Open the Volume Control window, either via:
- Right-click on the speaker icon, by default at the right of the top desktop panel, and select Open Volume Control
- from the command line, run
In the Volume Control window ...
- Set up the preferences: Choose the menu option Edit -> Preferences
- In the Preferences dialog, scroll well down and check Capture. Close the Preferences dialog.
- Click the new Recording tab
- Click the microphone and speaker icons at the bottom of the Capture item to remove the red X's
- Move the volume sliders up to their maximum setting
If your microphone still does not work
If your microphone still does not work in apps, try recording using gnome recorder to test basic recording function. If this fails, it is unlikely that other apps can work without further tweaking. In some cases with Intel HDA sound chipset, ALC861VD, you may need to configure your alsa setup. [More information needed for configuration]