Daily Archives: February 2, 2010

How-To: Webcamera working with Ubuntu 64bits and Skype

I’ve Microsoft VX-1000 webcam. It’s not awesome, but it was cheap and it’s doing the job. Troubles came when I wanted to make it work with Ubuntu 64 bits and Skype.

Skype recognises the camera, USB camera (/dev/video) but when you try to use it, its led goes to green for a second and then… darkness. According to the documentation, the camera is fully supported… apparently I’ve a different definition of “fully supported”. However, there is a method to make it work. Basically you’ve to start skype with this command: “LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype”

That’s a little bit uncomfortable, so lets make skype start with a script and be executed every time you boot your machine:

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Write: echo ‘#!/bin/bash’ > skype.sh && echo “LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype” >> skype.sh && chmod +x skype.sh
  3. Go to System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications

And there, add a new entry and fill the form. Here’re some images:

Startup applications menu

Now you can start skype by clicking the script you’ve created and it will be launched on each boot 🙂