Skype and Linux

Karl Larsen k5di at
Tue Jun 26 22:53:31 UTC 2007

    I enjoy using Skype to talk with friends using the Internet. The 
version for FC4 had a vexing habit of going bad after about 15 minutes.

    When I changed to FC6 I went to the Skype web page and they had a 
RPM marked for FC6 so I d/l and loaded and it loaded without a whimper. 
Came up from a launcher in Applications->Internet and the version 
scype- came up and ran just perfect. It is a narrow format 
window that can sit right beside Thunderbird.

    It never got old like the FC4 model did and it works very well with 
good results for a few weeks. But last week it went bad. I could hear 
everyone fine but they could not hear me, and Skype told me in cryptic 
terms what was wrong. It says
" Call Failed Problem with Audio Capture". So I sent all this to Skype 
and they sent me this:

1.  Uncomment these lines in the /etc/modules.d/alsa file and replaced
"driver" with "intel8x0" :
 > > # Replace "driver" with the driver for you soundcard
 > > alias snd-card-0 snd-driver
 > > alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0

2. Add this line (this likewise seemed to have no effect):
 > > options snd-pcm-oss nonblock_open=1

3. Upgrad all libraries and components to the versions listed for the
1.4 beta client.  After doing this and rebooting, sound will  start working.

We apologise for the inconvenience

Best regards,

    Of course we don't have a /etc/modules.d/ but we have a 
/lib/modules/ and somewhere in there is a alsa or alsa-mixer because it 
is in the kernel right now. But my question to this group is, do I dare 
do this sort of thing to a kernel module?


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