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    How-to skype video Intrepid Ibex

    This short guide assumes you have installed skype on Intrepid Ibex and that your cam is identified by skype under the options video menu, but the test fails to start your cam.

    There is a commonly used work around to preload libv4l and start skype to get video working:
    Code:
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype
    Try that command in your terminal. If that allows you to use video in skype, you may want to create a launcher rather than enter the command each time you want to start skype. The above command will not work in a launcher. You will need to create a script as described below.

    Create a folder and simple script in your home directory

    Code:
    mkdir ~/bin
    touch ~/bin/skype.sh
    gedit ~/bin/skype.sh
    # paste in the little #!/bin/bash script below. make sure #!/bin/bash is the very first line.no space or indent or skipped line.
    
    chmod 775 ~/bin/skype.sh
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    sleep 2
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype
    ~/bin is in my path as set in .bashrc. But there might be a provision in intrepid to automatically put bin in your path, if you create the directory...a little .gconf prog, i think, anyway...

    If it doesn't work...append .bashrc by adding the following at the end of the file.

    Code:
    gedit ~/.bashrc
    # paste in the two lines below, and save.
    export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:$Home/bin
    Now create a launcher by right clicking on your panel and selecting: "Add to panel." Then select "Custom Application Launcher." Then click the Add button, bottom right corner of the add to panel application window.
    A new dialog box opens. For the name use Skype. For the command, use the browse button, and browse to the file skype.sh in the bin directory of your home folder.

    Happy skypeing...the above process will also work for gyachi or other programs suffering from incompatibility with libv4l-0 in Intrepid.

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    Re: How-to skype video Intrepid Ibex

    I did first step and it does not work

    U8.1 AMD64 Creative Life ...


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    Re: How-to skype video Intrepid Ibex

    This worked for me, I would very much like to thank spiderbatdad
    WWND. I am in Barre Vermont. You can come down and collect your free beer. Very good fix! It would be nice to see the libraries adjusted...

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    Re: need skype/ubuntu

    error: dependency is not satisfiable: libqt-core
    cant install package for skype-debian for ubuntu

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    Re: How-to skype video Intrepid Ibex

    It works now..Thanx man...You are the best ))

    But I have another problem My camera is not working also in Amsn or with other programs i.e when i sign in Facebook I want to capture pic with my webcam It said NO WEBCAM FOUND.But after I eneterd your codes it works on skype but not other.What Can I do?
    Last edited by Elvin Mammadov; January 16th, 2009 at 11:27 PM.

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    Re: How-to skype video Intrepid Ibex

    Quote Originally Posted by Elvin Mammadov View Post
    It works now..Thanx man...You are the best ))

    But I have another problem My camera is not working also in Amsn or with other programs i.e when i sign in Facebook I want to capture pic with my webcam It said NO WEBCAM FOUND.But after I eneterd your codes it works on skype but not other.What Can I do?
    What is other? Are you trying to capture pictures with "cheese" to post to facebook, or is this some web app that facebook runs? Sorry not familiar with facebook. I apologise but it would be much better to post this type of question in "general help" or the "beginners help" section, as you are likely to get feedback from users of that service.
    Last edited by spiderbatdad; January 20th, 2009 at 05:59 AM.

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    Re: How-to skype video Intrepid Ibex

    THX man , worked for me too

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    Re: How-to skype video Intrepid Ibex

    Thanks. This worked for my logitech messenger camera so now my video transmission is good, however, my video reception is still bad. Video freezes when people move, and also disapears when I drag the video frame around my desktop.
    Any ideas how to improve video reception?
    Last edited by brookie; May 26th, 2009 at 12:32 AM. Reason: sp?

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    Re: How-to skype video Intrepid Ibex

    The solution that worked for me on Ubuntu 9.04 64 bit:

    First start by running
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lib32v4l-0
    This will install the 32 bit version of libv4l (it doesn't overwrite the 64 bit version)

    Then wherever the above solution says
    Code:
    /usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so
    replace with
    Code:
    /usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l2convert.so

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