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Webcam display problem in skype on ubuntu 9.10

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 thoughts on “Webcam display problem in skype on ubuntu 9.10”

  1. 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!!

  2. 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’

  3. 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

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