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  1. #41
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    Re: skype video issue

    Hi all, I found a solution that is meant for mint, but it worked for me perfectly fine on Maverick 10.10.

    I'm using a Logitech Quickcam, and Skype Beta 2.2.0.25.

    http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=61103

    Hope this helps others. Its a fairly simple solution too!

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    Re: skype video issue

    Thank you for sharing! Great!

    After the recent updates I lost Skype (2.2.0.25 32-bit) video too, and the Mint fix works... which is to force v4l compatibility library to be loaded along running skype.

    To save you from looking, for my system this makes video work:
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype

    The system is:
    - Ubuntu 10.10 32-bit, just stock stuff
    (a bit shameful, but it's running on Athlon64, as I gave up with 64-bit after years of struggle)
    - Kernel 2.6.35-28-generic
    - Labtec Webcam Pro, lsusb: Bus 003 Device 002: ID 046d:08a2 Logitech, Inc. Labtec Webcam Pro
    - NVIDIA FX5900XT, nvidia closed driver
    - Skype (beta) 2.2.0.25






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  3. #43
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    Re: skype video issue

    hey,
    i'm a beginner in ubuntu and i don't know so many thing about computers, but the video of my skype (2.2.0.25 32-bit) is not working. when i type the given command in my terminal (LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype), video is working. but it's not very convenient to type this command every time i want to open skype. is there any easier way to fix skype always working with video??
    thanks in advance.
    gael

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    Re: skype video issue

    Hi gael,
    You can make a script to do this for you. There's multiple ways, but here's my way of doing it.
    First move the real skype:
    Code:
    sudo mv /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/skype.real
    Next, create a launcher for your skype (this will open in gedit, you can alternatively use nano, or etc.)
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /usr/bin/skype
    And paste in the following: [32 bit users only]
    Code:
    #! /bin/bash
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so /usr/bin/skype.real
    Save and you're all done. Launch skype, and you're good to go. You can try it from the terminal first, not that it matters...

    Alternatively, for 64bit users, paste the following: [64 bit users only]
    Code:
    #! /bin/bash
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l2convert.so /usr/bin/skype.real "$@"
    Last edited by tudor117; April 26th, 2011 at 09:11 PM. Reason: Added architecture

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    Re: skype video issue

    Strange. What finally worked for me (just now) was not the LD_PRELOAD, but I had downloaded and installed v4l2ucp and I ran it while testing skype's video. It turns out I had to disable the Power Line Frequency to finally get it to work (lighten up).

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    Re: skype video issue

    I have kubuntu 10.04 LTS.
    I have skype 2.2.0.25.

    When I video call, I get a black video screen. I see my preview. The person I am calling sees me. Bu I can not see her.

    I have tried the following solution:

    1) edit a skype.real file
    #!/bin/sh
    export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
    exit 0

    2) run it from a terminal

    It did not improve.
    When I close the call, I get the following message:

    "libv4l2: error dequeuing buf: Argument invalide"

    I am stuck. I spent all day looking for a solution.

    Thanks for any help

  7. #47
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    Re: skype video issue

    Hi there,

    I have exactly the same configuration (ubuntu and skype versions) and the same problem as Herbest described.

    Is this the right thread to get tips about that ?

    If anyone can help, thanks a lot,

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    Re: skype video issue

    Are you (totololoto and herbest) running 32-bit versions?

    Also, make sure that in the skype options under "Video Devices" you have selected an appropriate selection for "Automatically receive video from..." option. As a test, try "anybody".

    By the way, is the error "libv4l2: error dequeuing buf: Argument invalide" in English? Either way, that shouldn't have anything to do with what YOU can see, it is about your camera.

    Last thing, are you using compositing (i.e. compiz)? I don't think it has an effect any longer but try disabling it for a test call.

  9. #49
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    Re: skype video issue

    Hi,

    I am running the 32bit version of skype (and my ubuntu is 32 bits as well).

    I am launching :
    export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

    The messages I'm getting in the console are :
    bt_audio_service_open: connect() failed: Connection refused (111)
    bt_audio_service_open: connect() failed: Connection refused (111)
    bt_audio_service_open: connect() failed: Connection refused (111)
    libv4l2: error dequeuing buf: Invalid argument
    libv4l2: error dequeuing buf: Invalid argument
    libv4l2: error dequeuing buf: Invalid argument
    libv4l2: error dequeuing buf: Invalid argument

    (so in english...)

    I have checked 'anybody' for "automatically receive video from..."

    And at last compiz is not installed on my system (I removed it previously).

    But I cannot get see the video from my correspondant.

    Thanks for your help,

  10. #50
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    Re: skype video issue

    I believe that the new skype uses v4l2 instead of v4l1 (which you used).
    Try running skype with:
    Code:
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype
    also make sure the package libv4l-0 is installed.

    Just fyi, I find it weird that YOU can't see...
    Are you running Cairo dock? Or any other software that didn't come out of the box? I'll try to replicate this if the previous command doesn't fix it.

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