Sunday, December 20, 2009

Make Skype Video Work In Ubuntu

When I tried to use my webcam in skype all I was getting was garbled video. Other programs like cheese worked with the video just fine.

So, I set out to find the answer on Skype forums. Here's where I found the answer.

#1. Run "LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/ skype" at the command line and test the video in Skype again.

(If that gives you an error, you may need this instead: LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype)

#2. Create a new file in your home directory called skype. (/home/user/skype)

#3. Edit the file skype and put the command from #1 in it.

#4. Run "chmod +x skype" in order for the script to be executable.

#5. Edit the skype launcher and change the command to /home/user/skype. Substitute user for your user name of course.

Now Skype video will work without the hassle of running an archaic command from the terminal.


woolyfury said...

Many thx for the post :)

Bill said...

i've been trying to figure this problem out for a while.. i'm relatively new to linux. i'm trying to follow these directions but i don't really understand how to do steps 3 and on... it doesn't really make any sense...

this needs to be more self-explanatory..

Anonymous said...

Genius. Thank you so much!

bcat said...

worked like a charm, many thanks!