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Thread: skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

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    Cool skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

    Is it me only or does skype really take more than half of cpu while in a video call? It never happened before using suse11.2 and new skype 2.1.0.47... I am in a video call now and it is affecting the performance so bad that these texts i am typing are appearing very slow in this text box.

    I am only using skype and firefox right now. I restarted everything but has the same problem...

    Anyone with a good performance of skype on 11.2??

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    Default Re: skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

    Yep.

    That is: the package from the repos crashes on opening a chat window. Video does work. I created an rpm with alien from a Ubuntu .deb, and that works flawlessly.
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    Default Re: skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

    Knurpht wrote:
    > the package from the repos crashes on opening a chat window.
    > Video does work. I created an rpm with alien from a Ubuntu .deb, and
    > that works flawlessly.


    has anyone logged a bug report on the Skype package in the repo?

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    Default Re: skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

    My installation was from the rpm provided by skype.com
    Because it is 32bit, on my 64bit machine, I had to pull in some extra 32bit libs while installing.
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    Default Re: skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

    Mine is not a real x86_64 either, it requires some 32bit_x86_64 packages.
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    Default Re: skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

    64bit skype is still not available. I have seen a package with 64bit tag on it (I think it was debian), but it is really a 32bit package only.
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    Default Re: skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

    I am using the one from skype.com, (32 bit) it works and has not crashed yet, (not even with chat) but it eats my cpu so much that literally i cannot use other programs except skype while during the call. Other programs start to crawl when I start a video call in skype.

    I looked a little bit and found this

    Where they say that it is a feature of skype, but i don't think it should be called a feature if any program uses all the cpu while other programs are running, making everything slow...

    Skype had better performance in previous versions (they had other problems though)

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    Default Re: skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

    I wouldn't know,.. I can't get sending video to work on my laptop.

    I did manage to get sound, which frustrated me because I still couldn't transmit video even though I can see it in Cheese.

    Then, I found out my laptop has a built-in mic and THAT was what was working with Skype. Now I know the entire webcam doesn't work with Skype, not just one part of it.

    Of course it works in Cheese.
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    Default Re: skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

    I am a happy Skype user. Everything works on my machine. Also, there is no 'high CPU usage' problem as mentioned by wildux. Cheese too work on my machine.

    So, the high CPU usage issue must be related to the specific video driver. Skype uses the v4l (version 2) APIs and they don't control the camera directly.
    However, Cheese also does the same and I am puzzled with the issue mentioned by dragonbite.
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    Default Re: skype 2.1.0.47 consumes a lot of cpu

    Quote Originally Posted by syampillai View Post
    I am a happy Skype user. Everything works on my machine. Also, there is no 'high CPU usage' problem as mentioned by wildux. Cheese too work on my machine.

    So, the high CPU usage issue must be related to the specific video driver. Skype uses the v4l (version 2) APIs and they don't control the camera directly.
    However, Cheese also does the same and I am puzzled with the issue mentioned by dragonbite.
    Hmm. I would then certainly need some pro help guys... Where should i begin here? How to find out what is causing problem?

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