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How do I get my webcam to work with Skype / Camorama / Cheese / Other?

It's just blank. The camera doesn't turn on. Etc.

Maybe the driver library isn't linking or linking right. Try making an executable file with something like this in it:

#!/bin/bash
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/cheese


LD_PRELOAD causes the listed library to be loaded before any other library, in this case essentially forcing it into memory [that's not a great way to put it, but I like it .... using the force].

Don't forget to chmod +x the file. Then run the script.

Note that my Logitech camera displays funny in Camorama in any case, but this fixed my no-video problem with Skype and with Cheese.

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