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Title: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: nerobert on January 15, 2013, 01:31:28 pm
Hi there,
I've installed Peppermint OS3 and have Skype 4.1.0.20 but it appears very limited and there is no video.
I am guessing I have to install drivers for the internal camera on my Acer Aspire One Netbook and that I also need a higher version of Skype. (I have tried to install versions from Skype.com, but it says the installed copy is a higher version!)

My question is - What do I need to do to get a normal looking version of Skype and working video?

Has anyone else needed to do this before?
Thanks,
Neil
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on January 15, 2013, 03:39:36 pm
Hi nerobert, and welcome to the forum.

I'm not understanding your problem with Skype ???
(I'm trying to get a handle on whether this is a user, hardware, or software problem .. as it works perfectly on both my AA1's)

Fire up Skype .. login to Skype .. then a little Skype icon should appear down by your system clock, if you right-click that and select Options .. then in the left hand column of the widow that appears select Video Devices

Is Enable Skype Video ticked ? .. and can you see your webcam image ?

Can you mention what model of Acer Aspire One you have .. Example = AOA110L
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: Tramlink on January 16, 2013, 02:39:30 pm
HI you have the newest version of Skype for Linux.

Have you tested your video is working using the software that is installed in Peppermint.

I have no problems and I am using a 12 year old laptop.
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: nerobert on January 16, 2013, 05:28:41 pm
Thanks for the posts, very useful.
It looks fixed. I did a bit more research and the problem is Skype knowing about the camera.

After a few false starts I did this:
  $ sudo gedit /usr/local/bin/skype
Then put this into the new file:
  #!/bin/bash
  LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv41/v4llcompat.so /usr/bin/skype
Then saved the file and made it an executable with
  $ sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/skype

After running it, skype now has access to the video camera and works to send and receive video calls.

Thanks for the ideas, this a brilliant forum and has given my machine a new lease of life.
Now ... a more difficult problem ... getting my daughter off the machine. She loves it!

Thanks everyone.
Neil
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on January 16, 2013, 05:30:44 pm
Glad to hear you solved it .. and thanks for taking the time to post the solution :)
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: spence on February 22, 2013, 03:56:39 pm
hey guys, mind my asking how you all went about installing skype into your peppermintOS in the first place? i've never used skype previously....
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on February 22, 2013, 04:05:02 pm
Go to menu>Preferences>Software Sources

Click the "Other Software" tab

Make sure "Canonical Partners" is ticked.

click "Close".

Open a terminal and run:
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sudo apt-get update
then
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sudo apt-get install skype

You'll then find it at:-

menu>Internet>Skype
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: Traveler on June 12, 2013, 04:53:20 am
iI did all that and get "E: Unable to locate package skype"

Any suggestions?

Mike
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on June 12, 2013, 10:47:16 am
First see here:-
http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=10313.msg84154#msg84154 (http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=10313.msg84154#msg84154)

If that still doesn't work .. post the contents of:
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gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: A Future Pilot on June 15, 2013, 09:37:01 pm
This is actually on P4, but I'm trying to use Skype, and my girlfriend complains of too much background noise. If I turn down capture in alsamixer, she says she can't hear me, but if I turn it up, there's too much noise.

I don't THINK this is a problem with Skype on Linux, cause I had it working in P3 (but I remember I had to do a lot of tweaks to get it working right.)

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on June 15, 2013, 09:49:41 pm
Have you tried the same instructions as for Peppermint 3 ? .. see here:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=10313.msg76522#msg76522 (http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=10313.msg76522#msg76522)
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: A Future Pilot on June 17, 2013, 01:47:05 pm
Oh! Lol! HERE'S where that link is I was talking about :)
Title: Re: Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on June 17, 2013, 01:49:01 pm
Heh .. just posted to the other topic :)
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