Skype/pulseaudio fix Mint 16

Today I tried a skype call on my truthful AAO which recently got mint 16 and I was frustrated by the sound crackling/distortion.

It’s not just a problem with Skype, I believe it’s a problem with, you’ve guessed it, PulseAudio.

Workaround? Indeed there is.

Disabling PulseAudio’s Glitch Free Audio seems to have solved the crackling for me.

To do this, edit the /etc/pulse/default.pa file in your favourite text editor.

Search for the following line:

load-module module-hal-detect

and append “tsched=0” to the end:

load-module module-hal-detect tsched=0

restart pulse (or just reboot your system), and the crackling should be gone.

Not sure what the side effects are by disabling Glitch Free Audio, but I can’t seem to find any yet.

UPDATE: If you don’t have a line with load-module module-hal-detect, then search for following line:

load-module module-udev-detect  

and append “tsched=0” to the end:

load-module module-udev-detect tsched=0

restart pulse (in terminal pulseaudio -k, pulseaudio –start or just reboot your system), and the crackling should be gone.

Solution found here, all credits goes to them.

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