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Remarkable features of Skype



Currently there are no reliable data, but it seems some users of Skype for Window encountered an unusual problem — they can not make audio or video calls abroad (at least, in all cases known to me the interlocutors were in different countries). It should be noted that other features, including sending instant messages and transfer files, work without any problems.

It happens like this (although I think the different scenarios are possible): when you try to make a video call, it’s shown the "Connecting..." inscription, then, 20 seconds after, Skype suggests to leave a video message. It continues connecting somewhere else ~ 50 seconds, and finally hangs up the call allegedly "Call to ***, no answer". With audio calls happening about the same, only in this case, Skype does not suggest to leave a video message. Also in both cases, the user who is calling does not hear dial tone, and one that has to receive it, does not see an incoming call notification. Another characteristic of this bug is that it is impossible to make a test call (ie to call echo123 user).

This morning, many users around the world have discovered that Skype works intermittently. Initially, the problem was that users could not change their online status, and all contacts are displayed as offline and can not call them.

Later it turned out that many users can not log into Skype — for a couple of minutes application tries to connect to server and then occurs the error "Skype cann't connect".
Skype works intermittently throughout the world
Also, it became known that it does not display some group chats, problems with authorization are experiencing only users who sign out from Skype, Skype profile page is loaded very slowly and there may be problems with accessing community Skype.

With the latest version of Skype, some users started getting a fatal error "Failed to load library «dxva2.dll»". Unfortunately, due to the missing of the «dxva2.dll» library, Skype refuses to work, and users cannot launch nor to update it. In this small guide, I will show you how you can fix the fatal error with missing of the «dxva2.dll» library and will explain why this error occurs.

For the beginning, I would like to specify that this error affect only Windows XP users because the latest version of Skype requires the DXVA 2.0 library. This version of the DXVA (DirectX Video Acceleration), unlike the previous version, quickly process video streams, as well as support new features. The problem is that the DXVA 2.0 library has introduced in Windows Vista, as Windows XP still uses DXVA 1.0 and, respectively, any program that require DXVA 2.0, will refuse to run on Windows XP.