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I have a headset, but it's mic is not of good quality and I want to use headset's headphones while using laptop's internal mic. When I plug that headset, internal mic (as well as internal speakers) is automuted and there is no such an option in audio input parameters.

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  • So internal mic disappears in input settings when you plug in your headset?
    – Eric G
    Sep 21, 2017 at 7:26
  • @EricG, yes. I would like to see both of options (internal and headset's mic) in these settings. Sep 21, 2017 at 8:15
  • Just have seen that it's the same for me...Strange
    – Eric G
    Sep 21, 2017 at 9:15

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A workaround for me is using pavucontrol. Install it via AppCenter or

sudo apt-get install pavucontrol

Start it and choose your internal mic. Try to mute your external and unmute your internal mic via the button in the screenshot. enter image description here

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  • In the list of input devices I have "Internal mic (unplugged)". So when I choose it, the levels indicator still shows headset mic's signal. Sep 21, 2017 at 10:06
  • I updated the answer, does that help?
    – Eric G
    Sep 21, 2017 at 11:26
  • No, it didn't. I did exactly what you wrote and still my headset mic's signal is active, not internal mic's. Is it working for you? I remember on Windows there was a checkbox in Realtek HD Audio Manager, something like "Split audio devices when headset plugged". I need something like that here. Sep 21, 2017 at 12:34

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