I've spent a lot of time discussing video quality, resolution, frame rate, bandwidth and the like. But after using this information to set the video resolution, or optimize your setup to get the best possible performance, how are you going to know if it actually worked?
Jamie's Mostly Linux Stuff
Various thoughts and adventures, including but not limited to Linux, assorted bits of hardware new and old, and occasionally Windows XP/Vista/7.
I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.
Skype released a new "hotfix" version yesterday (12 Dec 2007), which restores the ability to specify the video resolution and frame rate by editing their config.xml file.
As usual with my "Tech Talk", this will be a somewhat more technically detailed description of some things to do, to avoid, or to simply keep in mind to avoid problems or to find them when they arise. This one is going to concentrate on hardware, and the next will be about software.
A new Skype release has been made available for download. It appears to have fixed the massive Page Fault problem, and to have restored the ability to increase video resolution by editing the config.
I have received a very friendly reminder from ooVoo that their System Requirements say "Broadband connection (Cable, DSL etc..)", and I think it is only fair to repeat that again - I don't want it to sound like I am faulting them for marginal performance in an environment that they don't even claim to work in!
I am frequently asked for advice about hardware, software and connections for Video IM. I suppose this is a bit like putting the cart before the horse, since I have already written quite a lot about the major Video IM programs, but better late than never...
Sigh. I told you that I would get something wrong, and that someone would correct me.
With a couple of weeks of installation, testing and debugging finished, and thanks to a lot of patient assistance from my brothers, in Atlanta and Colorado Springs, and a new friend, in the U.K.
It has been two weeks since I finally gave up and went back to XP Professional on my laptop, so here is a short update. I could not possibly be more pleased!
I am writing this as a follow-up to yesterday's Tech Talk about Skype. I mentioned this issue then, and I have received a number of requests for additional information about it.