How to Configure a Headset Microphone With Skype in Xubuntu

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How to Configure a Headset Microphone With Skype in Xubuntu
This is a headset-microphone combination you'd be able to use with Skype. (headset image by Dron from

Xubuntu is a Linux distribution based on the operating system Ubuntu. However, Xubuntu uses the lightweight Xfce desktop environment; it is optimised for lower-end machines. Xubuntu Linux is a free PC operating system. Skype is an audio chat application. Skype places free calls to other computers running Skype over the Internet. Skype also provides paid service, enabling users to call landline and mobile phones internationally. Configure the headset microphone with Skype in Xubuntu and be heard during Skype calls.

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  1. 1

    Plug the headset microphone into the computer. Plug the USB headsets into the computer USB slot, or you can plug the audio connector into the computer's "Microphone" audio jack. Headset microphones will not function if they are plugged into the wrong audio jack.

  2. 2

    Launch the "Sound Preferences" tool by selecting "System," "Preferences" and "Sound."

  3. 3

    Select the "Input" option at the top of the "Sound Preferences" window.

  4. 4

    Choose the headset device by selecting the "Choose a Device for Sound Input" list located in the "Sound Preferences" window.

  5. 5

    Select the "Connector" box in the "Sound Preferences" window, and click the connector your headset microphone is plugged into on the list. Adjust the input volume of the headset microphone to your desire by selecting and dragging the "Input Volume" slider that is under the "Input" tab located to the right or left. Verify your headset microphone is not muted by clearing the "Mute" check box located to the right of the "Input Volume" option if it is checked.

  6. 6

    Test the headset microphone by speaking into it. The "Input Level" indicator located in the "Sound Preferences" window will move when Xubuntu detects audio input.

  7. 7

    Launch Skype by selecting "Applications," "Internet" and "Skype." Log in to your Skype account. Open the Skype preferences window; this is done by selecting the small blue "Skype" icon located at the bottom-left corner of the "Skype" window and selecting "Options."

  8. 8

    Select the "Sound Devices" option located in the left sidebar of Skype's "Options" window. Choose the "Allow Skype to Automatically Adjust My Mixer Level" check box that is in the "Options" window if it is not checked.

  9. 9

    Verify the headset microphone is configured correctly by placing a test call. Select the "Make a Test Call" option in Skype's "Options" window, then talk into the headset microphone when prompted.

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