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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby cwgtex on Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:25 am

theZoid wrote:You on a Desktop? Several of us laptop users can't use our mic's in Skype....video is fine though....


Yes, I'm on a desktop. I am using a cheap little Creative mic that plugs into the back of my motherboard mic jack. I don't remember where I got it... it looks like this:
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I guess I need to get around to installing LMDE on my laptop so I test that out.
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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby ukbrian on Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:35 pm

There's a good Skype tip for webcams, don't know about mics, at http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=141&t=61663&p=369854#p353392
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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby joutlan on Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:00 pm

cwgtex wrote:
theZoid wrote:You on a Desktop? Several of us laptop users can't use our mic's in Skype....video is fine though....


Yes, I'm on a desktop. I am using a cheap little Creative mic that plugs into the back of my motherboard mic jack. I don't remember where I got it... it looks like this:


I guess I need to get around to installing LMDE on my laptop so I test that out.


OK...makes sense...hardly any of us laptop users are able to use our built in mics....I guess a plug in mic would work, but jeez....:)
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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby kwevej on Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:40 pm

I use Skype on LMDE,
installed from the skype repository - no pointless struggling alike the author of this post did.
AND running it on a Thinkpad with built-in mic.
This is my ~/.asoundrc (I don't use PulseAudio)
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#skype stuff
pcm.skype {
   type asym
   playback.pcm "skypeout"
   capture.pcm "skypein"
}

pcm.skypein {
   # Convert from 8-bit unsigned mono (default format set by aoss when
   # /dev/dsp is opened) to 16-bit signed stereo (expected by dsnoop)
   #
   # We can't just use a "plug" plugin because although the open will
   # succeed, the buffer sizes will be wrong and we'll hear no sound at
   # all.
   type route
   slave {
      pcm "skypedsnoop"
      format S16_LE
   }
   ttable {
      0 {0 0.5}
      1 {0 0.5}
   }
}

pcm.skypeout {
   # Just pass this on to the system dmix
   type plug
   slave {
      pcm "dmix"
   }
}

pcm.skypedsnoop {
   type dsnoop
   ipc_key 1133
   slave {
      # "Magic" buffer values to get skype audio to work
      # If these are not set, opening /dev/dsp succeeds but no sound
      # will be heard. According to the alsa developers this is due
      # to skype abusing the OSS API.
      pcm "hw:0,0"
      period_size 256
      periods 16
      buffer_size 16384
   }
   bindings {
      0 0
   }
}
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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby joutlan on Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:55 pm

I created the above file....still no luck with built in mic, for anything...sound recorder, etc....those of us having problems are using Dell laptops it seems.
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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby kwevej on Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:05 pm

theZoid wrote:I created the above file....still no luck with built in mic, for anything...sound recorder, etc....those of us having problems are using Dell laptops it seems.


how about arecord? Does it work?
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arecord -q -Dhw:0,0 -f cd - | neroAacEnc -q .15 -ignorelength -if - -of ~/Recs/alsaRecs/`date +%Y-%m-%d_%T`_amic.m4a 1> /dev/null 2>&1

This is what i use for audio recording. (you can test it out without the aac stuff)
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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby jvincentnix on Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:42 pm

as for the microphone issue, adding these two lines to my /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
file fixed everything!

options snd_hda_intel model=laptop
options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1 enable=yes

I'm not sure why, but I had to do this for my laptop (Gateway NV53) on any distro I tried. Although, I'm set on LMDE longer than ever for any nonfluxbox distro, I think I'll try LMXfce tonight.. :twisted: :roll:
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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby kwevej on Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:43 am

New version of skype avail! ( 2.2 Beta )
http://www.webupd8.org/2011/04/skype-22 ... eased.html
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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby ctrlbrk on Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:18 am

Hi,

I am running LMDE x64 and cannot install Skype.

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# uname -a
Linux borg 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Thu Nov 25 18:02:11 UTC 2010 x86_64 GNU/Linux

# aptitude show skype
Package: skype                           
New: yes
State: not installed
Version: 2.2.0.35-1
Priority: extra
Section: non-free/net
Maintainer: Skype Technologies <info@skype.net>
Uncompressed Size: 29.4 M
Depends: lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1-21), lib32asound2 (> 1.0.14), ia32-libs, libc6-i386 (>= 2.7-1), lib32gcc1 (>=
         1:4.1.1-21+ia32.libs.1.19), ia32-libs-gtk
Description: Skype


# apt-get install ia32-libs ia32-libs-gtk skype
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 ia32-libs : Depends: lib32bz2-1.0 but it is not going to be installed
             Depends: lib32asound2 (> 1.0.18) but it is not going to be installed
             Depends: lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1) but it is not going to be installed
             Depends: lib32ncurses5 (>= 5.7+20100313) but it is not going to be installed
             Depends: lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1) but it is not going to be installed
             Depends: lib32v4l-0 (>= 0.5.0) but it is not going to be installed
             Depends: lib32z1 (>= 1:1.2.3.3.dfsg) but it is not going to be installed
             PreDepends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.9-18) but it is not going to be installed
 ia32-libs-gtk : Depends: lib32asound2 (> 1.0.18) but it is not going to be installed
                 Depends: lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1) but it is not going to be installed
                 Depends: lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1) but it is not going to be installed
                 Depends: lib32z1 (>= 1:1.1.4) but it is not going to be installed
                 Depends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.10) but it is not going to be installed
                 PreDepends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.9-18) but it is not going to be installed
 skype : Depends: lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1-21) but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: lib32asound2 (> 1.0.14) but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.7-1) but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1-21+ia32.libs.1.19) but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages


# apt-get install -f skype
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 skype : Depends: lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1-21) but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: lib32asound2 (> 1.0.14) but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: ia32-libs but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.7-1) but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1-21+ia32.libs.1.19) but it is not going to be installed
         Depends: ia32-libs-gtk but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages


Please Help :)
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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby rufong on Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:31 am

i went about it via revolv_25's succinct outline
debian wiki states that amd64 users must use the 32bit version,
after downloading the .deb from skype's website. i followed revolv_25's process(new users, u can use apt-get as well);
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# aptitude install ia32-libs ia32-libs-gtk libqt4-core libqt4-gui

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# dpkg -i --force-architecture skype-debian_2.1.0.47-1_i386.deb

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# chmod a-r /usr/lib32/libpulse*


Now it's working properly, of course don't forget to remove mute from the microphone..
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Re: How to install Skype on Mint Debian

Postby wagoneer89 on Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:01 am

cwgtex wrote:
theZoid wrote:
cwgtex wrote:Using 64bit LMDE, I installed Skype from the Software Manager, and found out it wouldn't launch (as other here have mentioned). I went Synaptic and installed [ia32-libs-gtk]. I already had [ia32-libs] installed from something else, not sure what. It works perfect now.

That's exactly what I did....have you tried to use your microphone in Skype? Does it work?

Works perfectly. I just found out today they added video to the linux skype client. I thought it still wasn't available. I'm very happy, now I don't have to reboot to Vista when I need to use Skype. Now if only they would change video conference from a pay feature to a free feature.

And joutlan added:
"You on a Destop? Several of us laptop users can't use our mic's in Skype, video is fine though."

I was having trouble picking the correct hardware for the mic and speakers... I found it easier to set this up in Google chat and note the settings that worked there, then transfering them back to Skype. Finding the menu items in Google is a chore, but the sound trial tools, I found more transparent.

Also my Skype installation was loading and then after a few seconds up and running would mysteriously disappear, completely gone. I finally tried REinstalling the ia32-libs-gtk, although it was already installed, and that worked.
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