Initial release with video support for Windows XP and higher users.

Application Details:

Version: 2.0.X
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 0.9.14.

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Test Results

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What works

GUI/ Menus, Chat, Voice communication, ... almost everything works!

What does not

Sharing audio device with other applications.


What was not tested

Sending local video

Looks like receiving remove video WILL work, but I haven't tested it either.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

It is about Skype For people who report that the remote party doesn't hear you: Check you ALSA mixer settings! In my case, they also didn't hear anything. But I resolved it I adjusted two parameters (using KDE's KMix): 1) Turned on MIC and manually adjusted its volume 2) Turned on CAPTURE and manually adjusted its volume Be aware that Skype actually changes the mixer settings when it starts a call, so you probably should disable the Skype's feature "Auto volume control". At least, works for me!

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowKANOTIX 2005-04Jun 04 20060.9.14.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowSUSE 10.0May 14 20060.9.13.Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowGentoo LinuxMay 12 20060.9.13.Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
CurrentSUSE 10.0May 08 20060.9.12.Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 5.10 "Breezy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 28 20060.9.11.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Native version available
There is a native Linux version of Skype available at the official Skype website.

Also you can use Skype for a web browser.

HOWTO Skype 2 with Wine

1. Install Wine 0.9.15 (verified) and begin with a fresh ~./wine directory.

2. Install Skype 2.0.103 (verified) from and the SkypeSetup.exe file. The installer should run flawlessly.

3. Run #winecfg and select Windows 2003 mode for Skype.exe if it's not already done. You may use the ALSA sound driver with this program, however OSS will work just as well.

4. Use Skype!

Known Bugs:

- WinXP Mode crashes the client when placing a call because it tries to probe for video support. (fixed 0.9.13)
- WinXP Mode causes severe sound lag
- Win98 Mode causes a bug in the pulldown menus
- Echo123 testing service is non-functional (fixed 0.9.13)
- Minor graphical glitches
- Initially, placing a call will cause DSound buffering problems and will stutter for the first few seconds.
- aRts sound driver does not work properly
- ESD sound driver does not work properly

Recording Problems

Any problem related to microphone issues is most likely a problem with your mixer settings.  Look for a "capture" channel and unmute/adjust volume on it.  Also, make sure that if your card has modular mic/line inputs that your mic channel is selected for that jack.

Driver issues have also been reported with intel8x0 drivers, where you cannot run the card in full duplex without setting up a dmix profile for ALSA (see the Gentoo-Wiki for hints on how to do this).  emu10k1 drivers also have been reported to crash in full duplex mode. 

These problems are not actually problems with Wine or Skype!