How To Fix The Skype Sound Issue On Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

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Hello Linux Geeksters. In this article I will show you how to easily fix the Skype no sound or distorted sound issues occured on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander.

How To Fix The Skype Sound Issue On Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

If you don’t have Skype already installed on your Ubuntu Saucy system, install it from the Canonical Partner repository, like this:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb saucy partner" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install skype

Now fix the sound issue. The above oneliner works for both the Skype version installed from the Canonical Partner repository and the one downloaded from the official site and installed with dpkg:

$ sudo sed -i 's/^Exec=.*/Exec=env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=30 skype %U/' /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop


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8 comments on “How To Fix The Skype Sound Issue On Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander
  1. Roger says:

    After trying everything from many different sites (tsched anyone?) that never worked, setting PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC is what did the trick.

  2. David G says:

    Thanks for putting your solution out there! Worked like a charm.

  3. Abhishek says:

    Thanks for the post…. I was having audio problem in Mint 16. After following your suggestion, problem is fixed.

  4. Thiago Santos says:

    Thanks a lot, worked just for me.

  5. Thiago Santos says:

    Thanks a lot, just worked for me.

  6. ToniMe says:

    Thanks a lot. Problem with audio solved.

  7. Tim Jackson says:

    Thanks; worked for me on Fedora 20 too.

  8. Anita Lewis says:

    Finally!! I found your fix. Thanks so much for getting this out to us.

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