Problems using WebCam in Skype.

I installed Skype on Ubuntu 10.04 (64 bits) as described here Install Skype in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Linux.

After installing, i found that the color webcam display looked ”green”.

I had faced the same issue when i installed and used skype in ubuntu 9.10.
The fix show below helped me at that time, it does rescue me this time also.

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

$  LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/ skype

To make this a permanent solution, follow the step below:

$ sudo mv /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/skype.bin
$ sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/skype.bin
$ sudo gedit /usr/bin/skype
(use anyother editor of your choice instead of gedit if u want)
add the following lines to it and save & close
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/ skype.bin
$ sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/skype

5 Responses to “Resolve Skype video chat (web cam) issue in ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx”

  1. Anonymous says:

    HiI can confirm that the work-around LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ /usr/bin/skype worked perfectly on Ubuntu 10.04 32 bit. My web cam is an old Logitech web cam.

  2. Anonymous says:

    just made a work around$ sudo gedit /usr/local/bin/skypeadd this:#!/bin/bashLD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ /usr/bin/skypethen:$ sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/skypejust did it now.

  3. ml2mst says:

    Hi Dipin,Thank you for the article. Unfortunately it didn't work for my webcam. Which worked like a charm under Ubuntu 9.10.The tip by looked a bit more promising. Yet also failed. For users of the following webcam. This unfortunately does not solve the problem:marti@ubuntu-laptop:~$ lsusb -v |grep WebcamBus 001 Device 006: ID 0ac8:307b Z-Star Microelectronics Corp. USB 1.1 Webcam idProduct 0x307b USB 1.1 Webcam

  4. Bruce Wagner says:

    Do you have this same problem with all makes and models of web cam? Have you tried other web cams?

  5. says:

    The fix is mentioned on Skype developers' website: does not work well with newer version of GSPCA Webcams driver (Linux Kernel >=2.6.27), possible workaround:LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skypeor where is located in the distribution.

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