View Full Version : [ubuntu] Skype and Logitech quickcam express problem after recent skype update

April 20th, 2011, 11:33 AM
hi i use both maverick and natty and skype on both. After a recent skype update my Logitech quickcam express stopped working. Whhen i click on "test video" in skypes properties, i see only black, no picture. The cam works well with guvcview and cheese. Please help meeeeee !!
i tried to install older skype version that i managed to find in Mint repos but the problem persists.
My specs: P4 3.00ghz, nvidia 9400gt, 2gigs ddr2, 160gigs wd.

April 21st, 2011, 04:08 PM
I have the same problem. I tried installing v4l2ucp as well as linux-backports-modules-input-maverick-generic

after installing those I was able to get a very dark image in the skype video test screen. I removed v4l2ucp and it was a little better.

I then found the following command in another thread
export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 && skype
which worked perfectly. I tried adding the command to the launcher properties and now I am back to square one! Black screen in the sype test.

i have tried all the other workarounds with no success.

April 23rd, 2011, 01:54 AM
the solution that worked for me, from here (http://blogs.skype.com/garage/2011/04/skype_22_beta_for_linux_with_s.html), was to start skype like this:

- Ubuntu 32 bit: install ""libv4l-0"" package and launch Skype with:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype

I also changed the menu entry so that instead of 'skype', it had the above command.

May 17th, 2011, 02:02 PM
Thank you!
It works from terminal.
However menu (and custom launcher too) both give the error:

Failed to execute child process "LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l2convert.so" (No such file or directory)

I have 10.4 64bit.
What I did wrong?

August 16th, 2011, 07:26 PM
ref: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1741971

in start menu, or with launcher use: "env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype" without the quotes

December 18th, 2011, 08:05 PM
Not work on my Ubuntu 11.10 Logiteck quickcam express

Cheese video is ok skype preview is black