Sunday, 24 November 2013

Skype not using Pulseaudio in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon 64 bit

Another quick one. I was having trouble with Skype in the recent Linux Mint 16 RC with Cinnamon 2.0 (an otherwise fantastic release). Skype was showing a long list of audio devices and utilising Alsa, which was causing some problems when other sound events occurred via Pulse.

To fix, just run:

sudo apt-get install libpulse0:i386
And restart Skype, hopefully that's that.


  1. How did you manage to install skype? I use this distro also and I have big problem with libqtwebkit:i386 dependences. Firstly, I tried to install skype from www skype site - I cannot do this because of problem with libqtwebkit:i386 dependency. I cannot install this lib - synaptic want to remove a lot of things from the system. I have libqtwebkit (64 bit version) installed. I tried to install skype from repo. This time it says: Depends: skype-bin, Conflict: skype-bin. Any idea? Thanks for response and your help
    PS Sorry for my English

  2. Try removing the existing skype/skype-bin packages and reinstalling from the repository perhaps. Something along the lines of

    sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin


    sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin:i386

    then back to the good old

    sudo apt-get install skype

  3. After "sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin" or
    "sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin:i386":

    Package 'skype' is not installed, so not removed
    Package 'skype-bin:i386' is not installed, so not removed

    It's strange for me but thanks for your help

  4. Hello I can't use webcam on skype on linux mint 16
    it works fine with cheese. i have installed v4l2ucp but i have no idea what to do with it.
    please help
    thank you

  5. Wow, it seems that it solved every problem (sometimes no sound, crash when answering a call, crash when receiving a message during a call) I had with Skype on Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon!
    Really huge thank you!

  6. Great! it kind of worked for me.
    I just had to install (as suggested in another forum) the ia-32libs before

    # sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

    I just finished one call of one hour without any problem! thanks!

    Mint Cinnamon 16, 64 bit

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