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Old 03-27-2009, 12:17 PM   #1
Registered: Feb 2005
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Skype and Legacy NVidia cards

I have had problems getting Skype to work on my old 1.2 GHz computer.

Every time I try a Skype Out call using the dialer, the whole system freezed up. I tried lots of things upgrading kernel, new versions of Alsa tools etc, thinking it was a sound problem.

One of the few remaining options was eventually the graphics driver.
I had used the nvidia drivers on this machine. Since this machine has a very old nvidia card, I had to use 71.86.07 version, i.e. the oldest legacy drivers (I think there is a newer one out in this legacy series now that I haven't tried).

Anyway, I switch over to use the open source (xorg NV driver) instead.

Surprisingly, no more freezes Skype (v2.0.0.72) working perfectly.

Old 04-01-2009, 11:07 PM   #2
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- Do you have a WebCam?
- Is it working?
If so,
- which kernel are you using and
- what drivers uses the webcam?

Old 04-02-2009, 03:12 AM   #3
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No webcam on this machine. The kernel is 2.6.27. I tried with at least a couple of builds of that one. But same result. Freeze with the nvidia driver, working ok with the nv (open source) driver...



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