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11:57 am, 29 Apr 06

skype brokenness

I talk with Meena via Skype* on the weekends. It usually works for 10-20 minutes and then suddenly the audio drops out. She can still hear me, but I hear nothing, not even static. Usually it seems to be fixed by her unplugging/replugging her headphones (USB, ick, I know) and sometimes restarting Skype.

Most of the indicators (packet loss, etc.) seem reasonable. It sounds like her computer may be getting really loaded while running Skype -- it's slower than mine, and even on mine (1.7ghz Pentium M) the audio gets choppy if I run other programs at the same time. The other weird thing is that I never hear it ring, even when the call is first connected and the audio is otherwise fine -- it'll say "ringing" on the UI but there's no sound.

The other strange thing is that initially we'll talk for 30 minutes before it breaks, but then each subsequent time we connect it only will work for five.

Do any of you have any suggestions on how to make this work? I'm happy to switch software as well if that makes a difference.


* Why not Google Talk? (1) Brand loyalty like that is just silly; (2) I actually would've used it since we both already have gmail accounts, but they don't support Linux.