Linux Mint with Skype: “Problem with audio playback” June 19, 2008Posted by NAyK in How-To, Linux, Linux Mint, Working with Linux.
Tags: audio, skype
(latest update: I am currently using the latest Mint 6 and have faced the same problem and sort of the same solution) I’m currently using Linux Mint 5.0 and I just installed Skype 188.8.131.52 that came from the Mint repository. After installing, I logged on (without problem) and then did a test call… only to see the message: “problem with audio playback”.
A Quick search in the internet led me to a forum site that told me that Skype uses “pulseaudio” which does not allow any interference with other audio processes at the same time. The detailed post is found here: skype help forum.
Obviously I didn’t read all of it… but when I checked, I had my music folder open at that moment, and so I closed it and tried Skype. And It worked.
Then, I thought I’d just start some other work… and go back to Skype… and it gave me the same problem again… ie. said “problem with audio playback” even though I didn’t have any music folder open. I tried many options to get it working, but it didn’t work.
Then finally, I went to the forum and read it a little more… in detail (though not completely). And it asked me to diagnose the problem with pavucontrol (PulseAudio Volume Control). It was already installed in Mint, so I tried to see the audio processes… there were none.
Then as a long-shot, I decided to change the settings of Skype… in the OPTIONS panel… and configured the sound devices to the first option after “Default”. Some VIA something. After that, Skype worked. And is still working.
But interestingly… now when I go back to Skype, options… the sound devices have reverted back to Default.
So well… that’s my ‘story’ for Mint and Skype… that is working is enough for me…and maybe for other beginners like me to.