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Old 10-25-2011, 12:23 PM   #1
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Lightbulb best webcam for linux (ubuntu/debian)?


Hallo together,

I want to buy a new webcam including a microphone, that works with skype under ubuntu 10.04.3 operating system. Any idea what is the best hardware-solution without complicated configuration?

Hopefully Arne
 
Old 10-25-2011, 01:08 PM   #2
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Hi,
I'm using Logitech webcam with an ordinary headphone/mic, and all is working very well (plug & play). However, if you encounter any problem using the cam on Skype (I don't think you will), you can easily get a simple 2~3-step workaround to resolve the problem.
Cheers.
 
Old 10-26-2011, 04:36 AM   #3
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Logitech maintains a list of UVC devices that should be well supported under Linux (with the uvcvideo module). That's what I used when I was looking for a device.
 
Old 10-26-2011, 11:15 PM   #4
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I have played with more than a few disto's. I have a logitech 9000 I think and it just seems to work in almost any distro.
 
Old 10-27-2011, 09:41 AM   #5
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:41 AM   #6
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Logitech on Skype

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Originally Posted by jay_pablo_69 View Post
Hi,
I'm using Logitech webcam with an ordinary headphone/mic, and all is working very well (plug & play). However, if you encounter any problem using the cam on Skype (I don't think you will), you can easily get a simple 2~3-step workaround to resolve the problem.
Cheers.
Hi.! I am running Ubuntu 11.10 and have a Logitech C-160 which was immediately recognized, plug & play. But, i cannot use it neither on Skype nor Pidgin. Which are those 2-3 steps i need to do, please..?? thank you very much..!
 
Old 10-31-2011, 03:56 AM   #7
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Does your webcam work well with 'Cheese'? You should download and install Cheese if you don't have it already and see. If it works with Cheese, then to fix this problem on Skype you need to have 'libv4l-0' installed and load it with Skype.

If you have 'Ubuntu Restricted Extras' installed you should have 'libv4l-0' installed. If not then open Terminal and type:

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echo -e "\n# libv4l PPA\ndeb http://ppa.launchpad.net/libv4l/ppa/ubuntu `lsb_release -c | awk '{print $2}'` main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
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sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com C3FFB4AA
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sudo apt-get update
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sudo apt-get install libv4l-0
Now, to start Skype just run this in terminal:

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LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
For 64bit systems:

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LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
You can use this on other applications where you have webcam problem, just replace 'skype' with application name.

To avoid starting Skype every time from terminal you need to change the launcher. To edit launcher right click on Applications and click edit menus. Then navigate to Internet, right click on Skype and click on Properties.

Replace the Command with:

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bash -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype'
For 64bit systems:

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bash -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype'
On Ubuntu 11.04 Unity or other desktop environment:
'Menu Editor' is not available. So to edit launcher in Unity you need to edit 'Skype.desktop'. Start terminal and type:

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sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
Now edit line 4, replace;

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Exec=skype
with:

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Exec=bash -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype'
For 64bit systems:

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Exec=bash -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype'
On Ubuntu 11.10:

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Exec=bash -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype'

Workaround #2 on Ubuntu 11.10:

Rename the Skype binary, create an empty file for the shell script, and open the empty file with an editor with root permissions:

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sudo mv /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/skype.original
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sudo touch /usr/bin/skype
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gksudo gedit /usr/bin/skype
Then copy and paste the following into the empty file:

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#!/bin/bash
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype.original
Make the file executable:

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sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/skype
I once used workaround#2 to solve my Skype webcam problem.

Hope it works for you.

Cheers.

Last edited by jay_pablo_69; 10-31-2011 at 03:59 AM.
 
Old 11-03-2012, 10:23 AM   #8
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List of Linux compatible webcams can be found at http://www.ideasonboard.org/uvc/
 
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