No cost webcam shows
Other Webcams with this chip should work in a similar way!
This camera was added to Karmic kernel 2.6.31-18-generic via gspca support. Need to set the environment variable before running; LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1skype Basically, you need to set that environment variable before running any application that uses this webcam.
To get webcam microphone working I had to reboot, go to sound settings and select it in the input tab.
Then start start a Skype test call and select the right input in the recording tab Video works with version 184.108.40.206.
Had to invoke from terminal with following command (note that package libv4l1 must be installed): LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1skype Tested with Skype 220.127.116.11 on Karmic. Had to edit launcher to following command (note that package libv4l-0:i386 must be installed): env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1skype With Skype 18.104.22.168 and latest ATI fglrx driver.
Camera mostly works, but non-accelerated X11 output currently doesn't scale video output (known Skype issue).
Fglrx for ati and others are known to have problems, specially with video overlay.
On some systems, it has been said one can make it work with Skype by using gstfakevideo.
Did not manage to do the selection via kde settings. Sometimes I get error -100 from Skype and have to unplug/replug.
Loading ov51x-jpeg without forceblock-option results in a black video stream for Skype, while it works fine using Cheese.
Skype version 22.214.171.124 works with modified for video size and frame rate (see Skype Garage), then install the package libv4l-0:i386 and change the launcher to: env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1skype Only green double preview. This camera is inbuilt in laptops Asus A8M Skype version 126.96.36.199.
Requires an external microphone as audio and video do not work simultanouesly Works on Skype 188.8.131.52 after compiling gspcav1-20071224gz with patch (originally from this thread).
Works like this in xawtv, but performance in Skype can be unstable (100% CPU usage) - if you use gstfakevideo it seems to get rid of the problem. When running Cairo Dock with Open GL need to start Skype 184.108.40.206 at the command line with "export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 && skype" and under the Startup Applications 'bash -c "export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 && skype"' (see The "LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1skype" fiddle didn't work despite libv4l-0 being installed.