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Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by Enna » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:31 pm

I've been trying to set up Skype in Isadora, though my camera is upside down and the microphone isn't working. I tried all possible ways to fix it, followed the instruction on help topics etc., but no success. So I was wondering, if there is an existing Linux version, that has really good support for webcam and sound issues? Like Fedora or Ubuntu or some other dirtibution?
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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by lanrun » Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:55 am

I think you should try to describe your hardware. Is it a laptop, what kind of laptop and so on, what kind of camera... And how did you install Skype?

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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by red-e-made » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:02 am

I think it's more a question of which version of Skype is best for Linux. I'm running LMDE, and Skype 2.1 for Linux works flawlessly on that, as it did on Mint 9 and Mint 8.

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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by ej64 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:36 am

Enna wrote:I've been trying to set up Skype in Isadora, though my camera is upside down and the microphone isn't working.
Here are the common recommendations using libv4l if your webcam is upside down and the app can't change it by itself (like chesse):
Running Linux on my Asus X5DC Laptop
If it still doesn't work:
lsusb > lsusb.log
dmidecode > dmi.log

then email Hans de Goede (hdegoede@redhat.com) explaining you have a webcam with upside down image and attaching the two log files you have just created (lsusb.log & dmi.log).

Hans will update libv4l and send instructions back on how to install it.
The microphone problem may are related to PulseAudio. First check the microphone level within "alsamixer" (terminal command). If it's still not working use a distribution without PulseAudio like Mint 9 XFCE (or remove PA manually if you are aware of some possible pitfalls).

Both solutions worked on my Asus K51AC.
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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by Enna » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:14 am

Thanks ej64!
I spent another afternoon trying these things. It is strange though, no success ... my computer model is Asus K20 with inbuilt camera and microphone ... I will have another try in the next few days. I couldn't even send any logfile to Hans because after doing all the steps and finally typing in to the Terminal "lsusb > lsusb.log" and "dmidecode > dmi.log" nothing happened or it said "no administrative rights" or something like that (though I was on my admin log in...).

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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by Enna » Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:36 pm

This worked for me with the latest Ubuntu version on ASUS K20:
Upside Down Web Cam Simple Fix
Many laptop put their webcam upside down resulting in flipped images in Ubuntu. There were fixes for some but for some you had to physically remount the camera. The webcam that comes with Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is also mounted upside down. Unluckily there wasn't any simple fix for this. (some people rotated the camera physically).

Fortunately Hans de Goede came with a beautiful solution.

Open Terminal and add libv4l ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libv4l/ppa
Update your software list
sudo aptitude update
Install libv4l
sudo aptitude install libv4l-0
You have to use the following command to open any application that uses webcam
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so application_name
If you use 64 bit system, use the following command
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so application_name
For example:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
See also: http://techspalace.blogspot.com/2010/02 ... e-fix.html

Good luck,
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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by Enna » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:54 pm

I found the answer to my question now myself :)
Linux Mint still is my favorite distribution!

To fix upside down webcam and microphone problems on my ASUS K70AD (hope this works for other models as well), here is what you do:

Install Linux Mint 9 again to have a clear start; (I don't know if that applies to everyone, I did it, because my system seems to have been really mixed up after trying to fix these problems, so one might just try the next steps):
get all updates;
install Skype via Synaptic;
to fix the upside down camera, here is what you do: http://techspalace.blogspot.com/2010/02 ... e-fix.html

And to solve microphone trouble, a very simple solution is:

1. Open PulseAudio volume control
2. Click Input tab
3.Click the middle one of the three buttons in the right hand corner
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4. Put one channel down to about 10% and the other to about 90% (most microphones only have one input channel, so with both channels up it's booting itself out).
5. Restart your computer and start a Skype test call!

Good luck!
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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by Enna » Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:27 pm

Upside Down Web Cam Simple Fix
Many laptop put their webcam upside down resulting in flipped images in Ubuntu. There were fixes for some but for some you had to physically remount the camera. The webcam that comes with Lenovo Ideapad Y510 is also mounted upside down. Unluckily there wasn't any simple fix for this. (some people rotated the camera physically).

Fortunately Hans de Goede came with a beautiful solution.

Open Terminal and add libv4l ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libv4l/ppa
Update your software list
sudo aptitude update
Install libv4l
sudo aptitude install libv4l-0
You have to use the following command to open any application that uses webcam
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so application_name
If you use 64 bit system, use the following command
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so application_name
For example:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
Is there any way to set it up so that I don't have to run that command every time I want to launch Skype? Having done it once and had it work fine, it reverts to being upside-down when I launch Skype as normal, which is highly inconvenient. Help?
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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by ej64 » Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:52 pm

There is no need to shout ... calm down!

I don't know if it's the same with all desktop environments, with XFCE this works:
- copy the program launcher "skype" from /usr/share/applications to ~/.local/share/applications
- edit the exec line within "skype" to Exec=~/scripts/skype_preload.sh (or something that make more sense to you)
- create a file "skype_preload.sh" within your ~/scripts directory with one line: LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
- and make the script executable

All done! :wink:
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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by phcook » Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:22 am

Hi all

or simply edit the menu, select the skype entry, and replace the cmmand "skype" with

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

then reboot.

If problem, uninstall skype and download it again directly from skype.com.

Best regards

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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by Enna » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:54 pm

phcook, great!

In my case
env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
It's working! Thanks a lot!

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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by Enna » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:34 pm

I still have sound trouble (not only in Skype). Sound generally is working fine (output) but the microphone isn't working with any application (but it is there, inbuilt), also, when I plug in headphones, the speakers don't mute... can someone please help?

Cheers,
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Re: Which Linux version is best for Skype

Post by Enna » Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:11 am

Hey ej64,

I'm still having microphone trouble, I removed PulseAudio and my whole system crashed, can you explain,how I can remove Pulse Audio safely?

Cheers,
Enna

ej64 wrote:
Enna wrote:I've been trying to set up Skype in Isadora, though my camera is upside down and the microphone isn't working.
Here are the common recommendations using libv4l if your webcam is upside down and the app can't change it by itself (like chesse):
Running Linux on my Asus X5DC Laptop
If it still doesn't work:
lsusb > lsusb.log
dmidecode > dmi.log

then email Hans de Goede (hdegoede@redhat.com) explaining you have a webcam with upside down image and attaching the two log files you have just created (lsusb.log & dmi.log).

Hans will update libv4l and send instructions back on how to install it.
The microphone problem may are related to PulseAudio. First check the microphone level within "alsamixer" (terminal command). If it's still not working use a distribution without PulseAudio like Mint 9 XFCE (or remove PA manually if you are aware of some possible pitfalls).

Both solutions worked on my Asus K51AC.
Linux Mint 15 Olivia / 64-bit / Cinnamon

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