UPDATE – READ BELOW THE SOLUTION
I am having troubles getting my Polycom Communicator for Skype speakerphone working in Ubuntu – the microphone volume is always very low in Skype, and when I try to adjust the mixer volume slider for the mic, there is no luck. This does not appear to be a Skype issue – I tried recording in Audacity and the problem exists there too.
Has anyone found a fix for this, and does this exist on other distros?
Much thanks to Tom Mann who left a comment to point to his forums post with a possible solution. Well, I did the following, and it worked:
sudo alsactl store
sudo cp /var/lib/alsa/asound.state /var/lib/alsa/asound.state.old
sudo nano /var/lib/alsa/asound.state
I then found the
state.Communicator block and the sub-block with
name 'Mic Capture Volume' – the
value was set to 0, so I set it to the maximum value, which is
64. My block looks like this:
comment.access 'read write' comment.type INTEGER comment.count 1 comment.range '0 - 64' iface MIXER name 'Mic Capture Volume' value 64 }
Then unplug the Polycom Communicator and plug it back in again. It should now work. 🙂