For the last few weeks whenever I make a skype call, I am unable to see anything from the recipient's camera. Instead, this message appears:
"Can't start video renderer. Check you've got a valid DirectX installation."
Interestingly, the recipient never has any trouble seeing the video feed from my camera.
I am using a Microsoft LifeCam VX 3000 and Windows XP service pack 3, and I have DirectX 9 installed.
I have reinstalled skype, reinstalled my webcam software, and I have tried the "Many Cam" fix suggested here http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=594951 . Nothing is working so far. How do I fix this?
Seems to be a lot of issues with XP and the new releases of Skype
Makes the case for moving to a new rig with Windows 7
XP is not as robust as newer versions of Windows, might be worth backing up files and install Windows clean. At least this way you will have a fresh install so fewer issues should present looking forward.
Windows MVP, XP, Vista, 7. Expanding into Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server, SharePoint etc
This is a common known issue with MS life cam and indeed cams in general with skype.
The new release of skype is unable to arbitrate between the skype webcam aquiring driver and the MS life cam centre driver.
To resolve this:
* Close Skype completely
* Ensure Skype is closed in Task Manager
* Shut down the MS life cam application and ensure it is also shut down in task manager
* Re-Launch skype and re-test camera
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- Proposed as answer by Martin G EvansModerator Monday, August 01, 2011 5:24 PM