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Titel: Skype Very Flaky  BeitragVerfasst am: 21.05.2006, 09:30 Uhr



Anmeldung: 19. Dez 2005
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Hi All,

I am using the standard Kanotix 2005-04 distribution - only apt-get updates, no apt-get dist upgrade. Everything works great but for one thing - Skype.

I can successfully launch Skype and log on to my account. I can then use it to make a call, and get through to the friend on the other end of the line - BUT, after about, 30 seconds of clear, normal sound the quality suddenly begins to deteriorate - the line drops out for a few seconds, then comes back, then goes again. It is impossible to hold a conversation. This is really bugging me because such an intermittent fault is always the most difficult to cure. Also, my wife needs Skype to talk to her family back in Taiwan, so this means that I have to keep Windows XP, plus all the aggravation associated with maintaining security, virus checkers, trojan sweepers - all that good Bill stuff we know and loathe and want to eliminate from our lives entirely.

I know this is a difficult one, but any suggestions or ideas would be gratefully received (as always).

Scodge.

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Titel: RE: Skype Very Flaky  BeitragVerfasst am: 21.05.2006, 10:42 Uhr



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Skype uses a self correction algorithm for the 'line quality', it could be this is kicking in but for some reason not working properly.
I have found that skype grabs the sound device and wants 100% access so I tend to close down everything possibly using sound.
There is a hack fix which prevents it hijacking the sound like this but I haven't tried since for me it works so long as I close any multimedia stuff.

You might also have some settings to play with in the mixer depending on your sound card, like mike boost etc. anything to do with boosting or balancing the sound dynamically could be fighting with the skype routine for doing this.
 
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Scodge
Titel:   BeitragVerfasst am: 21.05.2006, 13:16 Uhr



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Gowater,

Thanks for the quick reply.

I don't think I was using any other multimedia devices when I was attempting to try Skype, but I'll try simply shutting down every other application to give Skype full ownership of anything it wants.

By the way - you mention a hack (just in case I still have a problem) - where is it available?

Many thanks.

Scodge

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Titel:   BeitragVerfasst am: 21.05.2006, 14:20 Uhr



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hack is here
http://195.38.3.142:6502/skype/

haven't used it myself but Id be interested in your experience Sehr glücklich
 
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Titel: Skype Still Very Flaky  BeitragVerfasst am: 29.05.2006, 17:14 Uhr



Anmeldung: 19. Dez 2005
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Gowator,

No, the hack did not help. Sadly I'm still stuck with XP as the only functioning copy of Skype. I also tried downloading the KLIK version - but again had the same problem.

Just a bummer.

Thanks for the suggestion anyway.

Scodge.

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