Thank you Daniel, I am willing to rate your questions as considered better than I have considered my own previous input here regarding this issue, I am honestly grateful for your well considered prompt.
Skype works perfectly well. Image is merely missing. I am used to that as being the ‘basic issue’ with Skype for ever since I first bumped into the Linux version.
Of course it works in Cheese, VLC and all of the other applications which I rate as having been written by people who considered the webcam input angle better than anyone contributing to Skype has. I thought it implied by my imagining I think it should be possible to make it work with Skype (again) but I see the entirely reasonable notion of verifying this.
Did you consider clicking the link I provided in my original post? it only shows one of the .so ‘devices’ which very often worked back then, v4l1compat.so, the reason I wrote it as I have is because if that one didn’t work trying v4l2convert.so (which I may be a little off on the name of here, working from memory and not looking it up right now) instead usually ‘fixed’ it. I suspect you do not really need me to give you my take as to how these work, however if you so prompt I will risk exposing how much I have really checked them out by attempting to.
So far all attempts to place either of those in such a way they might manage their previous effect for Skype has failed me, perhaps I haven’t been imaginative enough, through not knowing enough, is a notion occurred before I did the OP thing here and I am still under that impression