Webcam display problem in skype on ubuntu 9.10

On August 2, 2009, in skype, ubuntu 9.10, webcam, by Dipin Krishna

Problems using WebCam in Skype.

I installed Skype on Ubuntu 9.10 (64 bits). After installing, i found that the color webcam display looked ”green”. So I began to investigate the matter and found a solution.

To view the webcam properly in Skype use this piece of code:

$ LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/ skype


12 Responses to “Webcam display problem in skype on ubuntu 9.10”

  1. thomoturk says:

    worked for me
    remember to delete old launcher & set new on

  2. Punti says:

    It worked for me, too, but i had to lower web cam resolution to 320×240, or my picture would be slow and refreshed rarely.

  3. DrSeberton says:

    I had problems with this also (ubuntu 9.10 64bit). I found it important to revert to an old kernel if you mess things up and can no longer find the /dev/video device. If you reinstall the new kernel the device should show up again.After following the LD_PRELOAD… tips from here I still had problems with Skype were the webcam image would quickly go very dark. I was able to install guvcview (sudo apt-get install guvcview) and run it (entering guvcview in the terminal prompt). This little program allows you to adjust the webcam settings and now everything seems to work for me!! Hoorrayy!!

  4. An excellent solution. Thanks very much

  5. Alexandra says:


  6. myklmar says:

    Worked perfectly, thank you!

  7. Andrea Ponzio says:

    I had the same problem and thanks to you now has been fixed.

  8. Yu-An says:

    For 32 bits system, I find this useful:

    $ LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype

    For some reason, my library path shows ‘lib’ instead of ‘lib32’

  9. Gigabyte says:

    Rodolfo, just put this line as your “command” on the PROPERTIES of your Shortcut and it should work.

    Sorry for my english.

    env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/ skype

  10. Rodolfo says:

    This works temporary. How can I make this to be permanently saved on Skype?

  11. Rodolfo says:

    Thank you. This is the only way I could make it work.

  12. Juamps says:

    Thanks, it worked great for me!

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