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    Question webcam works with Cheese but not with Skype

    Why a webcam would work with Cheese 2.32.0 with no issues and not with Skype 2.2.0.35? Both softwares are configured to access the camera at /dev/video0. Am I missing something here or was just "lucky" enough to get a buggy version of Skype?

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    Re: webcam works with Cheese but not with Skype

    see if this helps
    open a terminal type / copy paste

    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

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    Re: webcam works with Cheese but not with Skype

    It works. But is there anything to do to make this without terminal?

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    Re: webcam works with Cheese but not with Skype

    if you can make it a bin/bash file

    #!/bin/bash
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
    /usr/bin/skype

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    Re: webcam works with Cheese but not with Skype

    I have the same problem here. My Logitech webcam will work just great with Cheese, but not under Skype. I'm also on 11.04 and I tried the fix mentioned above, but I get this error:

    ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.

    Anybody have an idea of what's going on here?

    Thank you!

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    Re: webcam works with Cheese but not with Skype

    Never mind. I got it working. I'm running 64-bit so the command has to be altered slightly. Try this:

    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

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    Re: webcam works with Cheese but not with Skype

    norman2050 the best bet is to go System > Preferences > Main Menu

    Then find skype and edit the command from skype to
    Code:
    bash -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype'

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    Re: webcam works with Cheese but not with Skype

    Tried several ways but I can't get it to work...

    If I open terminal and type this:
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

    Skype opens and the cam works fine however it stays on all the time, not just when I make a call.

    I tried following the instructions various instructions to make a bin/bash file but that just locked everything up... Or nothing happened...
    Maybe I'm just doing it wrong?

    I went to the "skype" file in usr/local/bin and edited it with this text:

    #!/bin/bash
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
    skype

    Then when I open skype the webcam is in the options but when I test it there is nothing, it doesn't turn on... If I go to the terminal and enter the command:

    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

    A second skype opens but says there is another one, and neither one works so I close them both and then reenter the command from terminal and it works when I test the webcam.

    Soooo, the only way I can start skype is by the terminal with preload... I would like to know how to automate the process? Or at least if I can modify the launcher so that when I click the icon it works...

    Since my skype comes on automatically at boot, is there a way to edit the startup of skype at boot?

    I think it would really be helpful if an explicit instruction was added to the skype trouble shooting page here:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SkypeTroubleshooting


    Quote Originally Posted by no2498 View Post
    if you can make it a bin/bash file

    #!/bin/bash
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
    /usr/bin/skype
    Thanks for any help... I've usually found all the info I need in these forums, usually because someone else asked first, but not this time...

    BTW, I'm running Lucid on 3 of my machines. The other 2 are running Natty with Gnome. And I hate Unity!!! It just doesn't do what I want!

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    Re: webcam works with Cheese but not with Skype

    [QUOTE=no2498;11206001]see if this helps
    open a terminal type / copy paste

    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

    ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.
    ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.



    now what?

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