So since I installed 14.04 an old issue re-arises: In cheese my webcam works fine, in skype its upside down. Before you could fix that by:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

but now you can't, as I understand, because you end up here:


which results in:

ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded (wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64): ignored.

Now it was suggested to use the 32bit version in


but there is only the one version in x86_64, I searched my whole system, nothing... How is this fixable? Any help highly appreciated!


I found a fix for this problem:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

Did the trick for my Ubuntu 14.04 64bit. If you haven't got the 32bit library install it by:

sudo apt-get install libv4l-dev

I hope that works for you too.

Regards pecuna

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  • Thank you very much for your reply, I installed libv4l-dev but there is still no folder libv4l in /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ how did you make it appear? – ski May 18 '14 at 15:22
  • I don't know. I just install libv4l-dev and nothing else. I should have done something before that to have it :( – pecuna May 21 '14 at 22:51

You have to install 32 bit (i386) version of libv4l-0:

sudo apt-get install -y libv4l-0:i386

then start Skype with this command:


or modify the Exec command in /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop

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  • This is the same as askubuntu.com/a/463443/158442. – muru Oct 29 '14 at 15:19
  • @muru The other answer says "libv4l-dev" whereas this one says "libv4l-0:i386". Could this be the missing piece to solve the 32-bit problem? – MadMike Oct 29 '14 at 15:40
  • @MadMike ah, yes. You're right: packages.ubuntu.com/… The poster of the accepted answer probably already had it installed. – muru Oct 29 '14 at 15:48

A little nice extension to the solution:

sudo vi /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop

and add the above mentioned add (LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so) to the line

Exec=env  PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype %U

so that this line is

Exec=env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype %U

Afterwards the skype icon in the dock does also work.

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Had the same problem with vertically flipped camera.


didn't help. But after I installed Qt V4l2 test utility (qv4l2), and switching "Vertical flip" option in User controls tab off and back on (it was on by default), afterwards starting Skype, the camera behaved normally. So I used command line control utility v4l2-ctl to set the vertical_flip option right before skype starts. Created a new launcher script for skype:

v4l2-ctl -c vertical_flip=0
v4l2-ctl -c vertical_flip=1
sleep 5
skype %U

and changed the desktop launcher for skype to execute this script (or if you want to run skype when your session starts, you can create an entry for it in Settings / Session and Startup. P.S.: Not sure why 5 sec sleep is required, but it didn't work for me without it :-).

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