Skype On a Windows XP Machine Q:

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  1. lemonademaker macrumors 6502a

    lemonademaker

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    #1
    hiya, (i hope this is the correct part of the forum)

    I hooked my parents up with skype (windows XP) for a 3 week trip to Alaska...

    for a couple of nights they are in Vancouver, BC. when she boots up skype she can see our video but we can't see them....

    since i'm an apple guy I'm not familiar with what kind of "window" she is looking at... I know on Skype for Mac the little "video" button is on the pop up window.... from what she says, she does not see a "video" button on her pop up window...

    I hope I said that right.... any help would be appreciated.

    thanks
    dave

    ps i've been bugging them for years to switch to mac! I'm almost there when i got my mom an iPod Touch (baby steps i was hoping) I just wish they got one before the trip!! :D it would make my life so much easier!!
     
  2. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

    theITGuy

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    I believe there's a setting in Options/Settings? menu to "automatically share video with people on my contact list"...this will start video as soon as the call connects...give that a shot.

    Cheers.

    -J.-
     
  3. lemonademaker thread starter macrumors 6502a

    lemonademaker

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    #3
    sounds weird to say but I have to be exact or she will never find it....
    so "options" is a heading on the top/menu? go in there etc etc etc..... I just want to tell her what "menu label" to look for..... I can take it from there i think.......

    thanks again
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    #4
    From the main (compact or default) Skype view...

    Tools menu -> options -> General -> Video Settings

    The top of this window should now show a preview of their webcam; underneath are the options... they should have them selected as Automatically receive video and screen sharing from... (either "Anyone" or "people in my Contact List only" <-- but make sure you're in their list) and Show that I have video to... "people in my contact list."
     
  5. lemonademaker thread starter macrumors 6502a

    lemonademaker

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    #5
    GREAT!! THANKS A LOT.....
    it's such a pain/frustrating that they have a windows machine!!
     

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