Peppermint OS3 Skype install - limited usage

Hi there,
I’ve installed Peppermint OS3 and have Skype 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, 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?

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

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.

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:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv41/ /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.

Glad to hear you solved it … and thanks for taking the time to post the solution :slight_smile:

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…

Go to menu>Preferences>Software Sources

Click the “Other Software” tab

Make sure “Canonical Partners” is ticked.

click “Close”.

Open a terminal and run:

sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install skype

You’ll then find it at:-


iI did all that and get “E: Unable to locate package skype”

Any suggestions?


First see here:-

If that still doesn’t work … post the contents of:

gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

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?


Have you tried the same instructions as for Peppermint 3 ? … see here:

Oh! Lol! HERE’S where that link is I was talking about :slight_smile:

Heh … just posted to the other topic :slight_smile: