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I am using a laptop computer with Windows Vista SP2 32 bit OS and Skype version 5.10.0.116. 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?

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Have you tried disabling the screensaver? – Michael Nov 4 '12 at 8:19

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