May 12, 2010

How To Fix Webcam Problem In Skype

You have a webcam that don't work in Skype (for example image is flipped) but it works fine other apps like Cheese?

This is problem to a lot of people, i have two webcams and both are not working good with Skype.

Before you start you need to have libv4l-0 installed.

To install libv4l-0 to terminal and type:
sudo apt-get install libv4l-0
Now you need to edit skype.desktop so you can pre-load libv4l-0 with skype.
sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop

Now replace;


Exec=bash -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/ skype'

Now camera should work fine. Just make sure you need to repeat this workaround after every Skype update.

Thanks to kaspin on sending tip.


Anonymous said...

to me there was evrthng installed. so i just started skype with "#!/bin/sh
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype1"
than i made a script so it'll start evrtime now. Thank a lot....

kaspin said...

"LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype" worked fine (Ubuntu 10.04, Creative webcam) where other suggested solutions failed. As a newishbie, could you please tell me if there is any way I can attach this instruction to a logo which I could click on to open Skpe in the future.
Thanks a lot, Kaspin

kaspin said...

The problem with the above solution is that you have to input the instruction every time you open Skype. A permanent solution (from is to go to System/Preferences/Main Menu/ Internet/Skype/Properties, and replace the Command with
bash -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype'. For 64-bit machines replace "lib" by "lib32" in the command.

love2spooge said...

Thanks kaspin, i edited post.

Anonymous said...

Works for Skype on Ubuntu 9.10 and Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000.

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