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This camera works fine with cheese, but while it appears as the USB device skype recognizes, there is no video shown.

This post and others mention libv4l-0.

apt-get install libv4l-0 reports that the latest version is already installed.

The closest I can find to what is mentioned in that post are:




In both cases when I try to LD_PRELOAD these I get something like object '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libv4l/' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored

and skype still does not see the camera correctly.

What am I missing?


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the link says: "To fix this you need to have libv4l-0 installed and load it with Skype.", so have you changed .desktop file to load with libv4l-0 ? – geoh Feb 17 '13 at 7:09
Yes, I edited the .desktop file and also tried from the command line with the same results. However, It finally seems to working this morning. Perhaps it needed a cold reboot(?), although having spent too many years with Windows I of course did try restarting after making changes. Actually, I should say that I can now see video in the skype options - I have not yet actually made a call. – mickeyf Feb 17 '13 at 17:39
ok, then make sure that this worked and post it as answer, and after ~2 hours you can accept it. :) – geoh Feb 17 '13 at 17:57
I have successfully made an outgoing video call, so skype is recognizing the camera. When I get an incoming call skype rings then immediately dies. I'm thinking this is a distinct issue, not related to the camera. Interestingly, I now have the same results whether the .desktop file simply has the original "exec=skype %U" or if it includes the preload instruction. – mickeyf Feb 17 '13 at 18:14

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