I am using a laptop computer with Windows Vista SP2 32 bit OS and Skype version 188.8.131.52. I have configured Skype to automatically answer calls with video and have a connected USB webcam to which I use to watch my animals or other things in my absence.
Here's the problem: I like to keep the computer lid closed in order to reduce screen power and cut down on dust. When the computer lid is closed, this turns off the screen backlight, a behavior I favor.
Apparently, either the dark screen backlight or even an enabled screensaver is enough to interfere with Skype's ability to automatically answer a call with video or correctly release such a call.
Any suggestions which will allow for me to use Skype and keep the lid closed?