Friday, 27 November 2009

Vaio and Skype

Vaio has some webcam issues when it comes to Skype video calls (or should that be the other way around). Anyway, the problem is that Skype defaults to using a bluetooth webcam, which if you only have the basic onboard webcam, you'll crash Skype.

There has been musings of various fixed beta versions and workarounds, but it turns out you can fix it in 5 seconds. Just do the following (and take backups in case it doesn't work).

1. Find the C:\Users\you\AppData\Roaming\Skype\username\ folder and open the config.xml
2. Change the line
from: <Device>Bluetooth Video</Device>
to: <Device>USB Video Device</Device>

voila, now it doesn't try to access a bluetooth device, so it doesn't crash.