Make Skype Work on Ubuntu 13.04, with Nvidia Proprietary Drivers

On Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail using Nvidia proprietary graphics drivers, Skype crashes.

After you have installed Skype (see this tutorial for Ubuntu 13.04 / 12.10 / 12.04), follow these steps exactly.

This is what you have to do to get rid of the segfault / errors on Ubuntu 13.04 with Nvidia.

Rename the skype exacutable file from “skype” to “skype-bin“:

$ sudo mv /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/skype-bin

Create the /usr/bin/skype file and paste the following lines:

#!/bin/sh
export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1
exec /usr/bin/skype-bin

Set 0755 permissions on /usr/bin/skype:

$ sudo chmod 0755 /usr/bin/skype

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3 comments on “Make Skype Work on Ubuntu 13.04, with Nvidia Proprietary Drivers
  1. heaver says:

    i dont understand..how am i supposed to open /usr/bin/skype if i renamed it to skype-bin? also i couldnt open skype-bin with gedit…it always crashes

  2. pokpok313 says:

    @heaver in the post above the sentence “Open the /usr/bin/skype with sudo and paste the following lines:” actually means, create /usr/bin/skype as a new text file, open it with an editor and paste the follwing text into the editor and then save the new file. this can be done by typing

    sudo gedit /usr/bin/skype

    i would also like to point out that the above worked for me with the small change that the line “exec skype-bin” in the shell script had to be replaced by “exec /usr/bin/skype-bin”.

    thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Vega says:

    Good Job, it work!
    Thanks from Italy 🙂

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