Getting Skype webcam working SOLVED

Karl Larsen k5di at
Mon Feb 11 22:36:32 UTC 2008

Aart Koelewijn wrote:
> On Sun, 10 Feb 2008 11:43:49 -0700, Karl Larsen wrote:
>> I got hold of a friend with Skype and he was able to see my video! But
>> after about a minute the picture would go blank. I could click on the
>> blue button and turn off my camera and then turn it on again. It was
>> good for about a minute.
>>     Another user thought his video didn't work because of permissions on
>> /dev/video0 and I checked mine. It is
>> karl at karl-desktop:~$ ls -al /dev/video0 crw-rw---- 1 root video 81, 0
>> 2008-02-10 10:32 /dev/video0 karl at karl-desktop:~$
>>     Since I can't use the thing as root it must be because of the Group
>> video. But I looked and there is no group video. What am I wrong about
>> this?
>> Karl
> Strange. On my box the group was added automatically and I was added to 
> the group.
> aart at mtack3:~$ less /etc/group | grep video
> video:x:44:aart
> If it is not there you should add it.
> Aart
    Thanks, I was using the GUI Group and it didn't list it but your 
method shows it exists and I am a member. I think my problem with Skype 
video was self inflicked poor setup :-)



	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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