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    Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    Hi there,

    Same old, same old. I am trying to have the webcam working with skype. As many of you it is working with cheese but in skype I have a black screen. It is a microsoft HD Webcam.

    Skype is Skype-ubuntu-precise_4.1.0.20-1_i386.deb
    I have ubuntu 64 12.10. THe webcam is a microsoft HD, it was working on 12.04.

    I have done all the usual suspect, I have start skype with all the following:
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype
    sh -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype "$@"'
    sh -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype "$@"'

    locate v4l1compat.so
    returns
    /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
    Yet despite all of this, everytime I restart skype and go into option, the webcam led lights up for 3 or 4 seconds, but the screen stay black, any idea would be welcome.

    Cheers.
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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    I think it is a bug in 12.10
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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by Ringi View Post
    I think it is a bug in 12.10
    Gosh am I glad to know it! Altough it will explain why I am scrapping my head for the last 2 hours on this problem, there must be a solution?!?!
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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by gwu777 View Post
    Gosh am I glad to know it! Altough it will explain why I am scrapping my head for the last 2 hours on this problem, there must be a solution?!?!
    It takes ca. 2 hour to install 12.04
    Last edited by Ringi; January 8th, 2013 at 09:50 PM.
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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    Do not want to be rude or anything, but this does not really help my case, it takes me more than 2 hours to setup my system as I like it, and I have just finished preparing it with 12.10. Not willing to start again!

    Anyone has any helpfull information, it would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    You are not rude,
    you can report a bug here:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...pe/+bug/754162
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