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    Skype won't launch...

    Hello. I downloaded skype earlier on today and it was working fine. I've just tried to load it up and won't open. The skype menu & taskbar box flash up for a milli-second then disappear.

    Can anyone help?

    thanks.

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    Re: Skype won't launch...

    Quote Originally Posted by DGZDGZ View Post
    Hello. I downloaded skype earlier on today and it was working fine. I've just tried to load it up and won't open. The skype menu & taskbar box flash up for a milli-second then disappear.
    Diagnosing the root cause may not be straightforward here so perhaps the best approach is to remove and purge skype and any dependencies which it pulled in. Then reinstall. Also backup the skype files in your $HOME.

    Code:
    mv skype_directory skype-backup
    Brian.

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    Re: Skype won't launch...

    hi there, and thanks for the response. this will sound daft, but I can't see the skype program in the add/remove applications menu menu. is there a command i can use to remove it?

    much appreciated?

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    Re: Skype won't launch...

    Quote Originally Posted by DGZDGZ View Post
    hi there, and thanks for the response. this will sound daft, but I can't see the skype program in the add/remove applications menu menu. is there a command i can use to remove it?

    much appreciated?
    On my system I'd do

    Code:
    sudo apt-get -s remove --purge skype
    EDIT: Remove -s to really do it.
    Brian.

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    Re: Skype won't launch...

    hi there, and thanks for the response. this will sound daft, but I can't see the skype program in the add/remove applications menu menu. is there a command i can use to remove it?
    I'm sort of a noobie to this but I believe this should help:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove skype
    not sure about the details on how to "purge" so maybe someone with a little more experience could assist

    Edit: K listen to brian... like I said I'm still a noob
    Last edited by White Barry; November 7th, 2008 at 07:14 PM. Reason: brian beat me to it :P

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    Re: Skype won't launch...

    Try opening a terminal and then type "skype" and see if it gives you any errors when it starts up... Many programs will add errors to the terminal output when run from there if there's a critical error...

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    Re: Skype won't launch...

    when i inputed 'skype' it returned 'aborted'

    managed to remove app with the 'sudo apt-get remove -s' command.

    Reinstalling now, fingers crossed..........

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    Re: Skype won't launch...

    can't believe it!

    reinstalled it and it's still doing the same thing

    Anyone got an idea

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    Re: Skype won't launch...

    Quote Originally Posted by DGZDGZ View Post
    can't believe it!

    reinstalled it and it's still doing the same thing

    Anyone got an idea
    Where did you obtain your version of skype from?
    Brian.

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    Re: Skype won't launch...

    Looks like you have something similar to this reported but: #SCL-305. Try doing this from the commandline:
    Code:
    rm ~/.Skype/shared.xml
    the command will delete the file shared.xml from your personal skype settings directory, it could be that file which is causing the problems. When done, try to start it again...

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