In my personal life I am incredibly lazy and often don’t et around to things unless need is so pressing that it should have been done yesterday. Case and point being recording support on my BigLap and the continuing mockery that I suffer for it not working and the fact that I lost my Bluetooth headset thus rendering Skype useless to me. So after some quick research I found the solution on the Ubuntu forms thanks to dejitarob.
james@elwoodicious:~$ sudo alsactl names james@elwoodicious:~$ sudo alsactl store james@elwoodicious:~$ alsamixer
The catch here was that the input sources needed to be pointed at Front Mic and Mic.
james@elwoodicious:~$ sudo alsactl store
That’s it. Skype works, Sound Recording works, Ekiga…
Doesn’t. Not sure why Ekiga doesn’t but that’s a puzzle for another day. Well, it does after a reboot. Go figure.