Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Mon Oct 30 23:46:25 UTC 2006

On Mon, 30 Oct 2006 20:04:20 +0200
Ion-Mihai "IOnut" Tetcu <itetcu at> wrote:

> > Anyone out there using Skype with FreeBSD?  I have installed it on my 
> > FreeBSD system after having used it on other platforms, but I can't
> > get it to recognize the right sound device.  Skype defaults
> > to /dev/dsp, which doesn't work at all.  But the program won't let me
> > input what I believe to be the correct sound device: /dev/dspW0.  
> -devel it's known not to work, finding out why it's on my to do list.
> Please post some more details about your system and the error you get.
> It should work with /dev/dsp; please check no other app is using it
> (follow the handbook to make them use something else).

I use skype (  skype- ) extensively, no problems at all (other than
being an old version compared to win32 or OSX...but that's Skype's fault, not

you may want to launch skype from an xterm and see if any messages are shown.
They are usually helpful.

You should also increase the number of virtual channels for your sound card. I
have it set to 8 (ie. 8 simultaneous snd streams)

hw.snd.maxautovchans: 8

you set it with
sysctl hw.snd.maxautovchans=8

as root, and add 


to /etc/sysctl.conf so it persists after reboots.
Good luck,
{Beto|Norberto|Numard} Meijome

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