I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 and I've just updated Skype. The microphone of my Logitech C615 webcam still works. The camera still works in Cheese and guvcview, but is no longer recognized in Skype

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I just had the same problem. I used sudo modprobe uvcvideo to reconnect/reinitialize (?) the camera.

  • This just works for me on ubuntu 16.04 thanks :)
    – sqp_125
    Commented Dec 22, 2019 at 12:33

I had the same problem, and I have reverted Skype to previous version which is working fine.

In Synaptic menu: Package => Force version

In Terminal: sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux=

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    Thank you, that essentially fixed it for me. When I "downgraded" the sound no longer worked, but all I had to do to solve that is change the microphone line in in the Skype "Audio and Video Settings". Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 2:18

You can keep latest Skype version and uninstall cheese and its config files.

Uninstall cheese and config files:

sudo apt-get --purge remove cheese

Reinstall cheese:

sudo apt-get install cheese

Reboot your computer

This works perfectly for a Dell Notebook using Ubuntu 16.04 with Skype version = (dual boot)

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    This did not help in my case. Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 17:19
  • Yep. Removing Cheese did the trick.
    – kim holder
    Commented Mar 30, 2019 at 18:41
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    Ubuntu 18.10. I did the above, video still not showing (microphone fine). In Skype, Audio/video. In the camera section Selected HD Pro webcam c920 2 identical items, second item enabled video camera (blue light on, on the webcam)
    – johnc
    Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 10:48

Using preload was the only thing that worked for me on an old camera (USB2.0 webcam) with Ubuntu 18.04, fully updated.

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/skypeforlinux

The link to the full steps is (https://journalxtra.com/linux/skype-video-linux-always-hassle/) if you don't know what preload is.

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