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Recently I upgraded from 12.10 to 13.04, after struggling a lot, I finally managed to install and run Skype, but no matter what I do, there is no video at all.

I have tried every solution from this site with no results yet.

Does anybody know how to fix this issue?

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If you use other applications that also uses the webcam (ex: Cheese) the webcam works? –  Salem May 25 '13 at 22:28

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Please make sure that the latest skype version is installed on your computer.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype skype-bin
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They're both(well) installed in 13.04 (synaptic checked) ,The camera is working ok (checked with kamoso) the laptop(hp compaq6910p) has WUBI dual booting Ubuntu 13.04/Win7 and when working on windows7's Skype the camera integrates seamlessly,I'm a Linux enthusiastic and really would like to fix this issue ,thanks for your help –  user161811 May 30 '13 at 15:48
CORRECTION: I checked the skype version and resulted to be 4.1 whre do i get the 4.2 version? –  user161811 May 30 '13 at 16:25
hp@ubuntu:/usr/local/bin$ cat skype ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored. –  user161811 May 30 '13 at 17:07
OK I finaly got the skype package and installed it and works o.k. BUT,but....... nobody tells you to pick the dynamic version and install it "manually",otherwise it won't work . –  user161811 May 30 '13 at 20:41
Not sure what you mean with dynamic version, but if you had run the commands I suggested above, version would have been installed from the Ubuntu archive. Or you could have done it using Synaptic after having clicked the "Reload" button. –  Gunnar Hjalmarsson May 31 '13 at 6:12

Later on, I noticed the skype's notification icon was gone,after doing some research,found this solution: ( How do I get the Skype status icon back? (on panel/tray)) Thanks for your help.

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Recently I had to re-install Ubuntu 13.04 64amd after a disastrous system crash and found a simpler and better way to get the unpleasant skype and its camera working :first installed synaptic from Ubuntu's software center, then from synaptic installed skype and ia32-libs,later from terminal (not from the launcher) I ran :LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/skype and PRESTO! webcam working like a charm on skype (only after hours of research ).You can make a script to make it run or you can save the command in a file and pasting it in the terminal every time you need to use skype. Hope this works for anyone just like me with scarce IT knowledge.

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CORRECTION #2 to get synaptic to install skype, first you have to add the deb extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring main and deb-src extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring main packages in the /etc/apt/sources.list file by uncommenting (erasing the # symbol) from the ubuntu's extras packages and how do you get there? type in your terminal sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list uncomment the extras packages and sudo apt-get update and you're ready to install skype. don't need to reboot. –  user161811 Dec 3 '13 at 17:09

Permanent fix for video not working ubuntu 13.10

  1. Quit Skype

  2. Uninstall Skype: sudo apt-get purge skype

  3. Remove the .skype directory in your home: rm -r ~/.skype/

  4. Install Skype again: sudo apt-get install skype

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Go to Skype->Options->Video Devices and check whether you have Enable Skype Video checked.

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