I’ve installed Peppermint OS3 and have Skype 184.108.40.206 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?
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:
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!
Glad to hear you solved it … and thanks for taking the time to post the solution
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.
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”
First see here:-
If that still doesn’t work … post the contents of:
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.)
Have you tried the same instructions as for Peppermint 3 ? … see here:
Oh! Lol! HERE’S where that link is I was talking about
Heh … just posted to the other topic