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I'm trying to use my webcam with Skype. I'm using Ubuntu 11.04. I have read other all similar questions but they have not solved my problem.

I can use my webcam with other applications (for example : cheese)

I'm choosing my USB camera on Video Device Settings Page, and then clicking test button but I just get a black screen.

My another application using my webcam I'm not sure, can you give me an immediately advice?

Thank you!

ADDITIONAL: Can use advice on another application for video calls, for using instead of Skype, temporarly?

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You need to run a prestarter called skype-cam-fix. This tells Skype to use videolib 4 and will then automatically start Skype.

cd ~
echo "#! /bin/sh" > skype-cam-fix
echo "LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype" >> skype-cam-fix
chmod a+x skype-cam-fix
sudo mv skype-cam-fix /usr/local/bin

Then just run skype-cam-fix from the command line

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Thank you Norm but i'm a Linux Noob. Should i run this code on terminal ? CAn you explain me step by step ? –  Eray Jun 24 '11 at 18:17

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