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Re: Sound and microphone with Skype

On Thu, 4 May 2006 09:04:54 +0300 (EEST)
Dumitru Vulcanov <vulcan_(_at_)_physics_(_dot_)_uvt_(_dot_)_ro> wrote:

 [ ... ]

> On Thu, 4 May 2006, Ariff Abdullah wrote:
> > On Wed, 3 May 2006 18:49:19 +0300 (EEST)
> > Dumitru Vulcanov <vulcan_(_at_)_physics_(_dot_)_uvt_(_dot_)_ro> wrote:
> >
> > Quote from your previous mail:
> >> I can hear anybody else  (tested with echo123 service) but my sound
> >> (using both the built-in mic or another external) produce a terrible
> >> sound with distorsions.
> >             ^^^^^^^^^^^  <- see , there?
> >
> When I say "distorsions" I mean an unintelligible sound, having nothing to 
> do with what I recorded. And ...
> > .. and now.. these:
> >
> >> 5) /usr/sbin/mixer
> >>
> >> Mixer vol      is currently set to 100:100
> >                                     ^^^^^^^
> >> Mixer pcm      is currently set to 100:100
> .....
> >> Mixer speaker  is currently set to 100:100
> >                                      ^^^^^
> >
> > Too much, isn't it?
> >
> Well, anyway I tryied to put all of these to 80 ! Nothing changed !
> And to continue, this is ONLY with Skype !!!! Any other multimedia
> application works perfect (xmms, x11amp, mplayer....) I tryied both 
> skype's, namely that one from ports (/usr/ports/net/skype ) or
> the version for linux downloaded from www.skype.com.

The one from ports it's also the linux version and should be identical
with the one from skype.com. If you found any (bad) differences please
let me know.

>  The troubles are with Skype and sound on FreeBSD!

The trouble with Skype is that it's a linux, close-source, binary.
Maintaining the port is frustrating as there's almost nothing one can
do to help users :-/
(Twice frustrating as netchild@ manages to reply to emails regarding
skype before me :-) Alexander, I wonder how you manage to do that).

> Now I have on my PC (an Intel Pentium4
> 3.2 GHz precessor with FreeBSD 6.1 RC and snd_via8233 module) skype
> working well (as never before) but NOT on my laptop (a ThinkPad T21
> machine, with Crystal Sound Fusion sound device and Cirrus Logic CS4297A 
> AC97 Codec and again FreeBSD 6.1 RC system). So to conclude, the
> problem is with Skype on FreeBSD !!!! And I am crazy about this, it's
> really a challange for me, not mentioning the fact that on my XP Windows
> partition on the same ThinkPad laptop works wonderfull !!! Let's do
> something with this, I am sick of turning off my Unix box every time when 
> I want to use Skype !!! It's boring !!!

As said above, there's very little we can do; ariff@'s work on the
sound system fixed _a_lot_ of the problems we had with skype (a few
months ago it wouldn't work on via823x-based sound-cards /motherboards).

> Thanks a and   Long live FreeBSD !!!

Yeh, I know you guys @uvt.ro run our first ftp mirror :)

IOnut - Unregistered ;) FreeBSD "user"
  "Intellectual Property" is   nowhere near as valuable   as "Intellect"

BOFH excuse #204:
Just pick up the phone and give modem connect sounds. "Well you said we
should get more lines so we don't have voice lines."

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