recordMyDesktop audio troubles with Hardy

A few days ago a bought a new laptop: a DELL Inspiron 1525 (T8100 processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard disk). I chose it because all hardware (except the wireless card) is Intel based (audio/video) and I like Intel’s policy about open source drivers.

Everything is working smoothly, I had to configure nothing! Compiz works wonderfully and everything else too.

But here comes a little problem, I need to create screencast, the built-in mic is not so good thus I plug-in an external mic and start gtk-recordMyDesktop.

Ugly surprise, the audio is choppy and I can’t get it to work… I tried some workarounds found here and there but none is working :-(

Another problem, when I record a long screencast, gtk-recordMyDesktop hangs during the export phase.

I didn’t experience none of these troubles with my old laptop (DELL Inspiron 6000).

Can someone point me in the right direction?

8 thoughts on “recordMyDesktop audio troubles with Hardy

  1. flows

    Mic never worked properly on my Ubuntu preloaded XPS 1330, either. But haven’t done much research yet for I don’t really need it.

  2. Nicola


    I had audio problems too. In my case the audio was never synchronized with video.
    So the only solution for me was to activate the “on fly” coding of the screencast (the second option of the second tab “performances”). Sorry, but my gnome is in italian, and I don’t know exactly how is the name of the option in english.
    Perhaps this option will resolve for you too.


  3. Fabrizio Balliano Post author

    @Nicola: thank you very much, I’ll give it a try ASAP (I’m leaving for a bit of holiday) don’t worry for the Italian gnome (I’m Italian too anyway :-)) I understood what preference are you talking about. Thank you very much again!!

  4. harish

    i am getting problem while starting recording. it shows message as “error while parsing the arguments” and when i press ok button it closes itself.

  5. Matt


    I’m using a Dell Inspiron 640m with Ubuntu 9.04, including external mic and I have choppy sound as well. I’ve played around with all the settings for video and sound, done numerous demos and nothing seems to stop it glitching.

    Did anybody solve this?

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