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    Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    Hello!

    I tried the Tchibo webcam (Tchibo is a retailer in Germany) with Ubuntu 8.10 on a Dell Latitude D820. It shows up as follows via lsusb:

    Bus 003 Device 005: ID 093a:2600 Pixart Imaging, Inc. Typhoon Easycam USB 330K (newer)/Typhoon Easycam USB 2.0 VGA 1.3M/Sansun SN-508

    When I start the "Cheese Webcam Booth" it works without any problem. However, when I then start Skype (version 2.0.0.63) and I 'test' the video image, I only get static. Quite literally: The image is just shown as colourful static, as if a TV receiver was out of tune. See also the attached screenshot.

    How come this works under Cheese, but not under Skype? For what it's worth, they both use the /dev/video0 device.

    I would love to be able to use this camera with Skype. Any idea what to do?

    Thank you very much...
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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    There's something wrong with GStreamer or something. There's a bug report here:

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...4l/+bug/260918

    I haven't checked this out recently as I don't really use Skype all that much, but there's a workaround mentioned in there.

    Run this in a terminal.

    Code:
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
    That should fix your problem. I just have my launcher to start up with that code in a terminal, and all is well at the moment. Glancing over the status, it seems that a fix may have been released.

    Good luck

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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    Thanks mate xD That works for me to.

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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    First sorry for upping this old thread .

    I had the same problem and it really drived me crasy these days, so thanks alot for solution Chauncellor !!

    But as i'm still a newbie in linux i have some problems adding this command to the launcher of skype so i don't have to type it every time I use skype I would appreciate your help !

    Edit :
    Oups sorry i should have done some research before asking the question, I found the solution on the archive of this forum
    Last edited by kiiiikooo; December 26th, 2008 at 01:41 AM.

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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncellor View Post
    There's something wrong with GStreamer or something. There's a bug report here:

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...4l/+bug/260918

    I haven't checked this out recently as I don't really use Skype all that much, but there's a workaround mentioned in there.

    Run this in a terminal.

    Code:
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
    That should fix your problem. I just have my launcher to start up with that code in a terminal, and all is well at the moment. Glancing over the status, it seems that a fix may have been released.

    Good luck
    Thanks
    Now I can use my cheap China-phone SciPhone as web camera

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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    And how to make Skype to run with working webcam without typing in a terminal?
    I am asking this because of my parents - they are too old to type in a terminal.

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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by befana View Post
    And how to make Skype to run with working webcam without typing in a terminal?
    I am asking this because of my parents - they are too old to type in a terminal.
    To create a shortcut for skype with this fix:

    1. Create a simple script shown below with the name launchskype in your home folder
    #!/bin/sh
    export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
    skype &
    2. Set it as executable file. In file browser, right click the file and select "Make Link" option. It will create a link. Cut and paste this link to your desktop.
    3. Double click this shortcut to launch skype. If it is prompted to "display or execute", select execute (or make select as default action in nautilus preferences)
    We have come up by other's support, so let us support a few at least!
    More Linux/Ubuntu How-To, tips and tweaks on Black God: http://karuppuswamy.com/wordpress/tag/ubuntu/

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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    I have been trying to get this to work for weeks, thank you so much!

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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    EDIT: nothing, just checked OP's date, my bad

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    Re: Webcam works with Cheese, but not with Skype

    This has worked for me also!! Plus I have the shell script running skype for me at login now, which means I can forget about it. A big thanks to everyone involved!

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