Sound and microphone with Skype

Dumitru Vulcanov vulcan at
Thu May 4 06:04:51 UTC 2006

Dear FreeBSD friends,
Dear Abdullah

Thanks for your replies, but ...

On Thu, 4 May 2006, Ariff Abdullah wrote:

> On Wed, 3 May 2006 18:49:19 +0300 (EEST)
> Dumitru Vulcanov <vulcan at> 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 The troubles are
with Skype and sound on FreeBSD! 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 !!!

Thanks a and   Long live FreeBSD !!!

Mitica Vulcanov

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