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The other party is sending their webcam view and I am sending mine, so that they can see everything fine, but i only can see a blank window.

when enabling the "show my webcam" it shows for a few milliseconds but then just disappears.
It happens with two different graphic cards, it's very unlikely to be graphics card related.

Any ideas on what could be the problem?

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Problems with skype itself ??? – Luciano Facchinelli Feb 3 '11 at 19:28
@Luciano: How enlightened, can you add some constructive comment ? Are you familiar with such problem? Can you suggest a workaround ? Thanks – João Pinto Feb 3 '11 at 19:36
Using other applications such as "cheese" it works? – Pitto Feb 3 '11 at 20:23
Using cheese works, but please note that remote webcam image is not displayed either, is not really a webcam related issue. – João Pinto Feb 3 '11 at 20:53
That problem happens always with all your skype's contacts or just one ? – Luciano Facchinelli Feb 4 '11 at 0:11

As far as I remember skype has a problem with v4l2 (video for linux 2) and has to use vl41 instead but it doesn't know were it is the solution was to shutdown skype then create a script. In a terminal type or paste

gksudo gedit /usr/local/bin/skype

and add these lines for a 32bit system

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ /usr/bin/skype

or these lines for a 64bit system

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/ /usr/bin/skype

then type or paste this line in the terminal which will make the script executable

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

after this you can open Skype and check in options/video devices and hit the test button. this should make it possible to see your own webcam and others in skype.

Hope this helps.

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