Ok…I’m writing about this weird problem I had tonight on Google Talk. Everyone could hear me. I could hear sounds on my computer and so could they. But I couldn’t hear them talk. They could hear me…but nothing on my end. Yes, I did have the voice and video plugin installed and I was using the gmail interface (don’t know why their client doesn’t support it but that is another story)
I looked, looked, and looked. I checked my control panel settings. I had them check their control panel settings. I couldn’t sort out what the problem was. Then, I came across this post in the google talk forums. Here’s what I did to fix this problem:
Login to gmail
Go to settings (the gear in the middle-upper right)
Go to chat
When I verified my settings, I couldn’t hear the test sound (even though I could hear other sounds on my computer)
To solve this problem, I explicitly picked my speakers instead of the default. Once I saved it, it started working. Wow…that wasn’t obvious at all!
image from el frijole via flickr