Microphone problems in Linux?
Has anyone else gotten a microphone (internal) to work in Linux (Firefox/Chrome)? It keeps saying either "Oops, I couldn’t understand what you said" or "I can't hear you very well" and nothing at all happens when I click the "Play back your recording" button... But it works with a Flash microphone test at http://msuconfuciusinstitute.org/scheduler/mictest.php
In my Ubuntu 10.04, with Flash 11 installed, I had to go to this special Adobe page: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/es/flashplayer/help/settings_manager06.html , and there set duolingo as "Always allow". This is because the duoling recorder doesn't ask you for permission, and so it can't access the mic. Once you add duolingo as a trusted site that can access your mic, recording works perfectly.
Thank you a lot! I had the same issue and then I made 3 things to fix it: 1) Duolingo Settings - Microphone ON: Click or hover on the upper right corner of Duolingo website and go to Settings and make sure the Microphone is set to ON. 2) Make sure the microphone is plugged into the computer and then do the Flash microphone test at http://msuconfuciusinstitute.org/scheduler/mictest.php to check if the microphone is working in your Firefox browser. 3) As user iox said, Go to go to this special Adobe page: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/es/flashplayer/help/settings_manager06.html , and there set duolingo as "Always allow". This is because the duoling recorder doesn't ask you for permission, and so it can't access the mic. Once you add duolingo as a trusted site that can access your mic, recording works perfectly.
For the english language version of the macromedia settings: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager06.html
http://msuconfuciusinstitute.org/scheduler/mictest.php works for me but my mic doesn't work on duolingo. Too bad! I'm on Ubuntu 11.04
You can follow this tip: In addition the settings you can adjust on macromedia website cited above. You have to enable recording in volume control options of your current distro in use.
I use LXDE and I'm configuring this option with gnome-alsamixer package.
I'm considering you have alsa audio system configured previously in your system.
Anyway you can do this without download any package, just type: $ alsamixer
Then you scroll to capture settings and adjust the volume using the comand line interface with directional keys. To enable or unable (set to mute) you press space key.
I hope you all solve this issue. See you.
Aside from iox's fix and various other fixes, there is something else that can be wrong.
If your microphone doesn't work in other /flash/ microphone tests, right click the flash applet, go to settings, and make sure that your microphone is the one selected. Often OS's will have a default, like "Intel Audio" and such that do nothing and are selected by default.
It was actually easy for me to fix.
1) When the window shows up for the first time, make sure to select "allow" and tick the box "always remember". 2) Take notice that Google Chrome will also ask you for permission with a toolbar that extends from the top, so don't forget to click on "allow" there, too! I missed that one at first.
the "oscilloscope" shows me very high noise from the microphone and my voice isn't recognized. When i record to any other software, i get close to zero noise. Please fix this thing.
And i get no playback when i try to play my recording in duolingo. no sound, not even noise.
i'm using a usb mic.
I'm using Ubuntu.
Not working with chromium either. a screenshot also shows a graphics problem in chromium: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4435155/DuoLingo/Kuvakaappaus.png
Try to use Google Chrome. It utilizes a updated built-in version of flashplayer.
Firefox and Chromium rely on flashplayer plugin installed in the system library. On linux the supported version got stuck in 11v series.
By the way, you can solve that issue by installing a updated flashplayer plugin derived from Chrome technologies:
- pepperflashplugin-nonfree (for Chromium technologies);
- browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash (for Mozilla technologies).
Both packages are based on ppa repository I think, but your distro may have versions of it in the default repo. Good luck!
Pepper doesn't seem to be available for 16.04? I have adobe-flashplugin installed but don't seem to find duolingo.com among the visited sites on http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager06.html Is there a way to add it?
Yes, it is available. You don't need to add a specific PPA nowadays. I've tested a distro based in xxbuntu 16.04 series. Look-up my last edition of the post above. I've corrected the package names respecting the package list nomenclature. Maybe you just need to activate third party repository to find it instead.
I think it's easier to find it using Synaptic package manager.
Let us know your progress. Maybe helpfull to anybody who is struggling with Flash issues on linux.
I'm using Firefox on Ubuntu 19.10. Duolingo doesn't offer me a microphone option in settings and never asks me to speak. I've seen that there are discussions on flash settings from several years ago, but I really hope that we aren't still using Flash, surely? Can anyone let me know how to get Duolingo to give me speaking tasks on current Ubuntu/Firefox? Thanks.