Saturday, 6 February 2010

Solution for Asus UL30A Skype flipped camera

[Asus-ul30] HowTo: Running Skype Video without the flipped webcam image (UL30A) Ubuntu 9.10 (x64)
On an ASUS UL30A:

1. sudo apt-get install v4l2ucp (I don't know if it's really necessary but I did it first while looking around for fixes)
2. Adding the libv4l-PPA, update package lists and install libv4l-0

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libv4l
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libv4l-0

(Thanks to:

3. Starting Skype with a shell-script e.g. called containing:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/ skype

(Open a text editor, copy&paste the text above, save the file as "" and give it executing rights (by sudo chmod +x


  1. do you have a solution for flipped camera on gmail's video chat?

  2. @Paulo: no-one reported on this, but please ask the question to the mailing list at:

  3. @ Paulo, I can report that it works perfectly with chrome if you replace "skype" with "google-chrome" in the above shell script:

    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ google-chrome

    (I am on a 32-bit PAE install, so I don't have a "lib32" directory)

    I then saved the script somewhere (e.g., /usr/local/bin/

    and replaced the GNOME launcher's command (right click > properties) with:

    /usr/local/bin/ %U

    Happy right-side-up video chatting!

  4. I skipped step #1 and this solution worked for me. Ubuntu 11.04