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I have installed Skype using the Software Center but it won't start - nothing happens when I start it. I already reinstalled without success and I am running a fresh install of Ubuntu 13.10.

And when I type skype into a terminal, I get:

skype: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared
  object file: No such file or directory

When I type dpkg -l skype in the terminal, I get this:

| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version      Architecture Description
ii  skype   i386         Wherever you are, wherever they a
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The error: cannot open shared object file

...suggests that you do not have the shared library installed. This library is provided by one of these packages.

If you have an AMD video card, try installing fglrx Install fglrx.

If you have an Nvidia video card, try installing nvidia-319 Install nvidia-319.

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well installing the video driver didn´t work but thanks for pointing me in the right direction is the answer i found after googling – user214128 Nov 9 '13 at 22:44

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