I have been using linux for years but my experience with trouble shooting is looking up stuff on the Internet, copying lines of code I don't understand and smile if it works.
I'm having a hard time trying to get my mic to work, on Audacity every option leads me to record playback. I have installed a bunch of programs that lead me nowhere, Qasmixer, HDAjackRetask, Echomixer, others and more tools that didn't help.
All options I try on pulse lead me to the same result.
If I knew how to use what I installed, maybe it could lead me to my solution, but you probably guessed it, I'm walking in unknown territory.
Your help would be very welcome
Here's my inxi
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System: Host: LeRepaireDesBrigands Kernel: 4.8.0-53-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.28) Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya Machine: System: ASUSTeK (portable) product: X540SAA v: 1.0 Mobo: ASUSTeK model: X540SAA v: 1.0 Bios: American Megatrends v: X540SAA.303 date: 09/20/2016 CPU: Quad core Intel Pentium N3710 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 12800 clock speeds: max: 2560 MHz 1: 689 MHz 2: 532 MHz 3: 479 MHz 4: 480 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel Device 22b1 bus-ID: 00:02.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 12.0.6 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card Intel Device 2284 driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.8.0-53-generic Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Realtek RTL8723BE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter driver: rtl8723be port: d000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (26.4% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_MQ01ABD1 size: 1000.2GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 913G used: 242G (28%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-0 ID-2: /boot size: 472M used: 65M (15%) fs: ext2 dev: /dev/sda1 ID-3: swap-1 size: 4.19GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-1 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 62.0C mobo: 46.0C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 3400 Info: Processes: 211 Uptime: 2:36 Memory: 1665.1/3941.7MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35