So, at length I finally got Google Voice working on my comp. The problem was that, although I could record fine in Audacity, I couldn't get any mic activity in Google Voice (important because I use it instead of a cell-phone). Finally, following some leads from other posters, I got it to work by going to pulse audio and imbalancing the input channels (unlinking them, turning one way up). All seems to be good; I've made test calls without issue. Mission accomplished. But for the benefit of my instruction I would like some explanation:
1) Why did this work? Why won't having equal levels on left and right allow Google Voice to work, but Audacity still works fine? 2) Why do I read so many people hating Pulse Audio? It seems like a good and useful product to me.
Thanks for enlightening me, and I also hope that this solution is available to others who want to get this working. All my reading had made me worry that this was a big, troubling issue, but I was pleased that it was fixed easily. Now I just want to understand why the fix worked.
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