Skype 4.1 , Ubuntu 12 – Distorted audio / sound

If your getting distortion when you open Skype, and/or distorted sound when Skype make a notification sound, read on …..

Go to Skype – Options – Sound Devices. Un-tick “Allow skype to automatically adjust my mixer levels”

If your STILL getting distortion open a command prompt and type

sudo nano /etc/pulse/default.pa

Add tsched=0 to the end of the line that reads ‘load-module module-udev-detect’ so it looks like…

load-module module-udev-detect tsched=0

Save (CTRL-X  –  Y  –  Enter)  and reboot.

Your good to go.

BaDboD

5.1 Realtek HD Audio, only front speakers working in Ubuntu 12 ?

Open a command prompt and enter

sudo alsamixer

then press F6 and select your sound card.

Use left/right arrow key to highlight ‘Channel’ at the bottom, then use up down key to select the number of speakers you have e.g. 5.1 so you should select 6. Press escape when done.

To restore this after a reboot type

sudo alsactl store

Your done.

Just make sure you have ‘5.1 out’ selected in the desktop volume control – settings for your audio card and you should now have full 5.1 sound.

Let me know if this works for you using other modes like 7.1 or just 4 speakers etc. It should.

Enjoy

BaDboD

Windows 8 and Realtek HD audio ‘No sound after sleep’ problem – no reboot fix.

Many are currently having a problem with Realtek HD audio not working after resuming from sleep in Windows 8. The current fix of re-booting is a pain but I found a reliable way to get it working without a reboot

There is an argument between Microsux and Realtek at the moment over who is to blame so I don’t see a fix coming very soon.  From this link

“Bug report submitted to Realtek, and they have replied stating that the problem is with Windows 8, since the driver works fine on previous versions of Windows.”

1) Right click the speaker icon in systray (desktop mode) and select ‘Playback Devices’

2) Right click the ‘Sound’ window and make sure ‘Show Disabled Devices’ is ticked.

3) Right click the ‘Speakers’ entry in the list of devices, should have ‘Realtek High Definition  Audio’ and also show green tick as default playback device.

4) Select ‘Disable’

5) Right click it again and then enable.

6) If sound is still not working unplug your speakers from the audio out socket of your computer and then plug back in again.

7) You should have sound. Your done.

You will probably need to restart the media player or restart the browser, whatever your using, before audio will work for those programs.

[update] To solve this completely change your desktop power settings to prevent the system going to sleep at all. [/update]

BaDboD

Tails – New release

ok,ok, 2 weeks behind the times but, with all the new anti-privacy laws attempting to be sneaked in using the ruse of anti-piracy, you will need this. If not now, then very soon. Quite why it should be suspicious behavior to want to hide your credit card from everyone else when using it online I am not sure, but hey…. maybe you were actually purchasing that book with a bomb? Online too! Even more dangerous huh?

Tails 0.10.1 Numerous bug fixes and security enhancements.

AMD/ATI Drivers version 12.1 released, Linux x86, x86_64

Released on Jan 25th, the long awaited 12.1 drivers from AMD. Now fully AMD branded with no trace of ATI. After some strenuous testing, results now in.

Good news for Gnome 3 users. The new drivers work! No more glitches or display corruption. No display manager crashes.

It is not all good though. Video playback is still not as smooth as it should be. Many 3D games still have some issues, but all in all, a big improvement.

If your using any distribution with Gome 3, and you have an ATI/AMD video card, the new drivers are a must have. Go get ’em.

MaxLin