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:
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
# 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
~/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.
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.
# paste in the two lines below, and save.
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.