I've got a Gateway Mt6840 laptop with front audio jacks, running Mint 6 I can't seem to get the mic to work. I've unmuted it in pulseaudio, for some reason the default is muted
Turned up the capture volume in alsamixer to 100, but I've noticed I don't have a mic setting in alsamixer, I have seen reference to that elsewhere. I'm not sure if capture provides the same function.
and I still can't get anything from it?
I'd like to get the mic working just enough to use Skype(I know Skype has a whole nother pile of issues, but I seem to have got it happy and behaved finally by changing the sound settings within it. It makes calls and I can hear just not speak)
so I don't really care about sound quality for recording or any of that stuff.
EDIT: If I try to test the mic in Sound control I just get an error about failed to create pipeline, then it freezes completely.
Would switching to a USB Mic help?