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Install Skype with Logitech C310 webcam

This tutorial describes how to install Skype on Ubuntu 14.04. The webcam used for Skype is the Logitech HD Webcam C310 with the following specifications:
  • HD Video calling (1280 X 720 pixels) with recommended system
  • HD video capture: Up to 1280 X 720 pixels
  • Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology
  • Photos: Up to 5 megapixels (software enhanced)
  • Built-in mic with noise reduction
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified (recommended)
  • Universal clip fits laptops, LCD or CRT monitors
Logitech C310 webcam

Operating system used
Ubuntu 14.04

Software prerequisites

  1. Connect webcam to USB port (minimum USB 1.1 port, 2.0 recommended).

  2. Download skype (Ubuntu 12.04 multiarch)
    The downloaded file is a Debian package: skype-ubuntu-precise_4.2.0.13-1_i386.deb

  3. Install the Debian package. Open a terminal and type:
    sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-precise_4.2.0.13-1_i386.deb

  4. Install a video viewer and capturer for the linux uvc driver, type:
    sudo apt-get install guvcview