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Skype doesn't work anymore. It used to work fine. Then the Webcam stopped working I tried to fix this and ever since it just wont open at all.

My computer is a Dell 1525 Intel Core 2 Duo with a built in webcam

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Is it Skype 4? have you tried doing the command line way? – Arup Roy Chowdhury Aug 20 '12 at 11:53

Does it warn you that you have [...] unmet dependencies ? I had a similar issue, and tried reinstall. However, the install failed. I tried to update my repositories and upgrade. If you try the same, and upgrading fails run this command in your terminal and try run update + upgrade again.

sudo apt-get -f install

Hope this helps

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no luck either dude keep trying to update as well and nothing – user84474 Aug 21 '12 at 0:28

I had a similar issue in 11.10, used this, upgraded to 12.04 and it still works.

Paste in Terminal to create a blank file :

sudo gedit /usr/local/bin/skype

(that if gedit is your text editor)

There, paste the following:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/ /usr/bin/skype

save and close. Now to make the file executable, copy and paste the following line into Terminal.

sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/skype

Enter. Start skype

Thanks to this source, including the change suggested by that website's user JuliusP0pp in his comment there

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thanks dude ive done this and still no luck nothing seems to happen i try to open skype and it just wont respond and open – user84474 Aug 21 '12 at 0:27

Hey guys I just got it fixed thanks for all your help it turned out I had to uninstall everything from Skype by purging it. and installing it from the Skype website now it opens and the webcam even works on it thanks guys so

sudo apt-get purge skype
sudo apt-get purge skype-bin    
sudo apt-get autoremove

then reinstall Skype 4 from the Skype website and Bingo!

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mark it as definitive answer – cipricus Aug 27 '12 at 9:50

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