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Old 08-06-2016, 08:39 PM   #1
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Trouble installing Skype


Hi, name is Kris and I am trying to repurpose my old IBM T-43 laptop for use out on the deck as a Skype and a YouTube viewer. I've been to this rodeo once or twice but it's been about 20 years since I've used any flavor. Tried Ubuntu with little luck getting the webcam recognised (Logitech 270). So now I am running Absolute Linux 14.04, the camera is recognised using lsusb and displays picture with guvcview. I downloaded the 'other' Skype download since none of the other downloads seemed to mention slackware. Anyway I beat on this till dawn and wandered off to take a 8 hour nap and think about it.

Well I am still stumped so I figured I would post here and get some advise on what I am doing wrong. The processor is a Pentium M 1.86 GHz, 2Mb ram, 40Mb Hdd (wiped and formatted) and it boots and the kernel is 3.7.1-smp (i686), I am logged in as root. I have a wifi connection established and everything seems to work except loading skype & the camera audio seems to not be working. Today I found http://repository.slacky.eu/slackwar...atic/2.1.0.81/ which seems to have what may work. As I said it's be 20 years and I am rusty with the commands but I think su add-apt-repository (something) and su apt-get update & su apt-get install (target file)

Even though I am logged in as root do I need to use chmod 755 to be able to write to the HDD?

Think I have included most information if someone needs more I'll dig it up. Thanks in advance, I will return to sipping some Bourbon in the meantime
 
Old 08-07-2016, 01:00 PM   #2
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Have you tried using the Skype slackbuild?
 
Old 08-07-2016, 06:02 PM   #3
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I'll give it a try, as I said it's been 20+ years since I last worked with Linux could you give me a step by step, I can download the files either to the machines download folder or a USB drive, after that should I use command line in console or the built in installer.
 
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Follow the link to the slackbuilds page, the instructions are in the list at the bottom in the README.SLACKWARE file.
 
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Thanks, I'll do that and report back when it works or I fail, I did get the webcam 100% last night the Mic audio was muted by default in the sound control panel.
 
Old 08-09-2016, 08:27 PM   #6
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First two command lines went fine (I think they did as it went back to the cursor for next input) I rebooted and saw nothing in the menu about skype so I loaded the alternative cp /usr........\ ~/.local/share/applications the reply "file does not exist" came back on the console. I'm lost about this point.
 
  


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