Monday, July 11, 2011

[Solved] Ubuntu can not use webcam for video call, while Cheese is working properly

This post is not for people who is facing Linux webcam driver issue, it is for people who can get webcam working (with some application, such as Cheese) but webcam is not working for video calling like Skype or Google video call.

I also don't know the cause but for solution is to set this to environment variable before running video call application

For convenient, you can rename the original application bin file to other name and making below script naming as bin file.

For example, I did rename my /usr/bin/google-chrome to /usr/bin/google-chrome.real and create a script at /usr/bin/google-chrome with below content
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ /usr/bin/google-chrome.real

Now Gmail video call on my Google Chrome should work. (Skype also can do the same way)

Tested with Ubuntu 10.04 on 32-bits machine.
Credited to some forums in internet. Sorry for forgotten.

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