[arch-general] x220 external mic

Garmine mikro001 at gmail.com
Wed May 4 09:32:54 UTC 2016

On 4 May 2016 at 11:17, Tomasz Kramkowski <tk at the-tk.com> wrote:
> On 2016-05-03 21:55, Carsten Mattner wrote:
>> This is a question for those who have or still are using a Thinkpad x220.
>> I've been trying to get an external 3.5mm headphone+mic combo
>> to work in a way that the mic is picked up, but so far nothing fixed
>> it and I cannot find anything relevant on the internet.
>> I've tried enable/disabling the mic i/o port in BIOS, but I'm fairly
>> certain that the setting is just for the built-in mic under the monitor
>> and not anything connected via the a combo inline external device.
>> Any hints what I can try?
>> I've tried with ALSA and ALSA plus PulseAudio and never been
>> able to see any device that would pick up sound.
> I don't recall this being an issue, I don't have the splitter on me but I
> can try for you when I get home later today. In the meanwhile, have you
> considered that maybe your combo headset (or whatever it is that you're
> using) is incompatible? When I plug something into the headphone port the
> X220 automagically switches over the output to be headphone only (and vice
> versa). Could you check that when you plug in your headset that the built in
> microphone stops picking up sound?
> --
> Tomasz Kramkowski


Just for the record I have a W520 right now (could try with my X220
though), Pulseaudio, a headset w/ 2 jacks and a splitter on me. The
headset is plugged in and I only see 1 output (headset) and 1 input
(headset mic), both input and output works.


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