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Mic not working in Ubuntu 12.04-- Solved



Ever since I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 I 'd been experiencing problems with my mic, for some reason ALSA did not recognize my internal/external mic. So I went on looking for a fix on google and found a temporary solution which was installing pulse-audio controller and tweaking the input sound settings. But I had to fiddle with pulse-audio controller every time I had to use my mic. Since this wasn't a real fix I continued searching, but all I could find was bug reports filled with launchpad and a few askubuntu answers which were of no use.

Luckily today I stumbled upon this old webupd8 post which had some information on altering ALSA and Pulse audio settings through gstreamer-properties. Changing the input values in gstreammer-settings was the permanent fix.


Here's what I did.

Open terminal(Ctrl+Alt+T)  and run the gstreamer-properties.

gstreamer-properties




Change the settings under Default Input to the below screenshot.



Close the gstreamer-properties and plugin your mic to see if its working.



Note: If its still not working then you may have to try giving different Device inputs  under Default Input.

13 comments:

Spencer Kleine said...

I tried this, and I believe one of the issues on my computer may be derived from the fact that my computer was XP at one point.

davemc said...

worked for me, thanks!

Vamsi Krishna said...

Thanks a lot!

cris said...

Perfect and easy!!
Thanks a lot.

Unknown said...

For the default input I selected Plugin as ALSA option but the device is only showing 'Default Device' option and shows no other option,

kali said...

You need to edit this file as an administrator using sudo command.

Rostyslav Simchuk said...

It works, thx!

chefwest said...

You are a superstar. Worked great

Jeferson Arenzon said...

Thanks! Solved a long time issue...

Gary and Peg Kirkpatrick said...

Got the mike working using Alsa, Pulse won't work at all. However sound is very scratchy, and no mic at all in skype. Using xubuntu 12.04. Mic works fine on same machine using ubuntu 12.04.

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Iskandar Dzulkarnain said...

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