Tuesday, October 19, 2010

No Incoming Video in Skype in Ubuntu 10.10: How to solve it?

Here is what I did:

Create a script with the contents:

#!/bin/bash
export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1
export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
/usr/bin/skype

Make this script executable with  chmod u+x scriptname.

Go to System -> Preferences -> Main Menu. Find the launcher of Skype and press the properties. Paste the location of your script.

It looks like Skype doesn't cannot find the shared object files (similar to dlls in Windows) associated with video for linux (v4l) this command pre-loads these libraries for Skype, before launching it.

Links for this entry:

mve-lamb's post on ubuntu forums for this solution: http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=294787
mve-lamb's profile on ubuntu forumes: http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=294787.

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