Upside down skype video on Mint Linux 64bit

A long time back I wrote a blog Upside down skype video on Fedora 14 64bit, it has worked for me since then. However on Mint Linux I had some issues. I will re-iterate all the steps

First try this:

  1. Go to Terminal
  2. Type the following:
    locate v4l1compat.so
    You should see the following:locate
  3. Now type the following
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
  4. If you all goes well, skip to step #
  5. If you see the following error, go to step 6error
    ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.
  6. Type the following
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install libv4l-0:i386
  7. Redo step 2
    skypefix
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
  8. You shouldn’t see the error this time. This is the library you need to use in future. To fix it forever,
    i. Log in to the super user

    $ su

    Enter the password
    ii. Go to /usr/bin

    # cd /usr/bin

    iii. Rename skype to skype.main

    # mv skype skype.main

    iv. Create a new file skype with the below content:
    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/skype.main

    # echo “LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/skype.main” > skype

    v. Make the new skype executable

    # chmod 755 skype

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