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December 14th, 2011, 09:34 PM

When I open Skype and then OPTIONS--> VIDEO DEVICES and click the "Test" button to see a video nothing happens. Just a black screen.

However, when I open terminal and enter:

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

Skype launches and I can then see a video stream.

But when I do this command in terminal I get:

people@people-laptop:~$ LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
libv4l2: error allocating conversion buffer


1. What is the error about and does it need to be corrected?
2. How can I use this terminal command to start Skype since it also enables the video to work?

Thanks for your time and Support!


December 16th, 2011, 09:04 AM

December 16th, 2011, 09:53 AM
I'm not sure it is still appropriate in your position, but have you checked that skype is configured correctly?

If you launch skype normally, then head to the sound preferences panel, and make sure under hardware and input tabs are set to the webcam (or analog mono).

December 16th, 2011, 10:52 AM
such options do not exist.