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Fix upside down Skype video in Ubuntu 12.10 [UPDATED]

HollandWhen launching Skype in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.10 on my Asus U35J the webcam image was all topsy-turvy. Since I don't live in Australia, or something (tsk-tsk), this was not really cutting it for me. 

Some quick googling led me to this forum post: 

After making sure that the necessary packages was installed (notably libv4l-0) I adapted the command from the forum post to:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/ skype

and voila, the image was OK.

Next step is for this to be set to default, which seems to be outlined here (in steps 2 and 3): (Actually this post seems to cover most of what is useful from the forum post above...)

UPDATE (19/04/2013): Since my laptop was working fine, I decided it was about time to fix it. Also I wanted to use Cinnamon instead of Unity, as the latter had gotten more and more on my nerves. (A long story in itself.) I followed some instructions on how to get rid of lots of unwanted stuff and end up with something akin to a Lubuntu install. And lo and behold, it was nice... Until I started Skype today. The camera was topsy turvy again and the preloading of this .so from above resulted in an error. The file was missing. I found that I had the 64-bit version hanging around in a parallel folder and naively tried to load that instead, but alas, Skype seems to be a 32-bit beast, so that didn't work. The solution would be to (re)install the 32-bit libraries with:

sudo apt get install ia32-libs

And the solution outlined above works like a charm again.


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