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    Angry Webcam problems with skype and cheese

    Hello Everybody, im new at this (very new). I just installed ubuntu 11.10 and well it works actually pretty nice (except that i cant use netflix) but the main problem right now is my web cam.

    I installed Skype and it runs but at first i noticed that i couldnt se her webcam (who is pretty hot so you can relate to my urgency) and she couldnt see mine.

    At some point i could see her but she couldnt see me, and the next call i was back on square one.

    so i try to look for some forums and they say that i should install cheese. I did

    It doesnt even run. I click on the icon and it just kidna flashes and nothing happens. The forums also say that i should run it from the terminal, but, well... im a noob so i dont know how to run things from the terminal (i already found the terminal).

    At last in a desperate attempt i run camorama webcam and i can see my beautiful face. so at least the cam is working. but i dont know how to conect it to skype.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Webcam problems with skype and cheese

    Hi welcome to ubuntu forums

    with regards to your issue this site might help shed some light to your cam problem. and here

    if you came across with this command
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
    try this on ubuntu 11.10
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l2convert.so.0 /usr/bin/skype
    Last edited by Script Warlock; March 6th, 2012 at 05:26 PM.

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    Re: Webcam problems with skype and cheese

    yeah!... well i already tried those before, really not a lot of help cause when i reach parts that say try this comand im really lost, like i should put them in the terminal?

    like this:
    echo "#! /bin/sh" > skype-cam-fix
    echo "LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype" >> skype-cam-fix
    chmod a+x skype-cam-fix
    sudo mv skype-cam-fix /usr/local/bin
    i read that and my mind goes blank, where can i get like a jump start in ubuntu coding so i get an idea of what does those lines do and where should i stick them?

    (i know im a noob)

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    Re: Webcam problems with skype and cheese

    ok will do this step by step. first give us the result of lsusb on the terminal.

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    Re: Webcam problems with skype and cheese

    Hi, I have the same problem, these are my results:

    Code:
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0402:5602 ALi Corp. M5602 Video Camera Controller

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    Re: Webcam problems with skype and cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by Script Warlock View Post
    Hi welcome to ubuntu forums

    with regards to your issue this site might help shed some light to your cam problem. and here

    if you came across with this command

    try this on ubuntu 11.10
    for some reason with my 11.10 setup I don't have a libv4l folder anywhere and if I check in synaptic it shows libv4l-0 installed

    It's really annoying because the cam works with camorama but not with skype or empathy (3.2.0.1)...and when I run v4l2ucp it says "unable to get menu item for exposure, auto, index=0 will use unknown" and "unable to get menu item for exposure, auto, index=2 will use unknown" but then the app opens and if I go to Start Preview it opens the cam with MPlayer

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    Re: Webcam problems with skype and cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by aleoo View Post
    Hi, I have the same problem, these are my results:

    Code:
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0402:5602 ALi Corp. M5602 Video Camera Controller
    Is anybody trying 12.04?

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    Re: Webcam problems with skype and cheese

    Quote Originally Posted by aleoo View Post
    Is anybody trying 12.04?
    Can anybody tell me if, using the latest version 12.04, the problem persists?

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    Re: Webcam problems with skype and cheese

    No, but you can tell us. Just try a live boot.

    By the way, please don't cross-post.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Webcam problems with skype and cheese

    HI - another noob here - having similar problems with webcam on Ubuntu 11.10:

    1) Picture is upside down (checking other forums to address this)
    2) Cheese not working. When I run Cheese it flashes for a second and that's it. When I run from command line I get the following message:

    richard@richard-UL30A:~$ cheese

    (cheese:17396): Gtk-WARNING **: Attempting to add a widget with type GtkImage to a GtkToggleButton, but as a GtkBin subclass a GtkToggleButton can only contain one widget at a time; it already contains a widget of type GtkLabel

    (Same text repeats 5 more times)

    (cheese:17396): Gtk-WARNING **: Attempting to add a widget with type GtkImage to a GtkButton, but as a GtkBin subclass a GtkButton can only contain one widget at a time; it already contains a widget of type GtkLabel

    (cheese:17396): Gdk-WARNING **: The program 'cheese' received an X Window System error.
    This probably reflects a bug in the program.
    The error was 'BadDrawable (invalid Pixmap or Window parameter)'.
    (Details: serial 950 error_code 9 request_code 137 minor_code 9)
    (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
    that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
    To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
    option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
    backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)

    BTW - Webcam is a (built-in) Suyin on an ASUS X32A

    Any help very gratefully received - thanks

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