Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000 on Ubuntu + Skype

Quick note to self, to save some searching next time.

Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000 does not quite work on Ubuntu and even worse with Skype.
To get video working on Skype, start it as :
env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype

And to get the microphone working, run this in a terminal
sudo rmmod gspca_sonixj
sudo modprobe gspca_sonixj


Installing Skype on EeePC, running Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10

While analysing my visitor logs, I noticed several people come here looking for a way to install Skype on an EeePC running Ubuntu Netbook Remix. So here it is.

Step 1.

Download the skype installer. The package for Ubuntu 8.10 works well on 9.10 as well.

Step 2.


Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10

If you have come here looking for a way to install Skype, visit this post instead.

By sheer coincidence, I got my hands on an Asus EeePC just in time for the Ubuntu 9.10 release. Given the state of Windows XP on it, I was left with no option but to do a clean install of UNR.


The netbook was virus infected and was crashing as soon as it booted. Not even the safe mode command prompt only worked! So I decided to wipe the factory installed Windows XP and install UNR instead. It did take a bit of time to find out what to be downloaded and how to install.

The guide at suggests that the img file be downloaded, but there is no img file for the Karmic release.

Everything else

Kids say the darndest things

This is what my daughter has to say about my home computers:

Papa, ever since you made the computer a laptop, it misbehaves and crashes. Please make it a computer again!

Read computer = Ubuntu and laptop = Windows. My desktop ran Ubuntu for a long time until I installed Win7 on it. My laptop always had WinXP as shipped by the manufacturer. My daughter prefers Ubuntu to Windows, looks like I am raising a Linux fangirl 🙂

I wonder if Scott Hanselman will publish this on