EDIT: I just noticed the Skype website specifically says that SSE2 support has been dropped in "Skype for Windows desktop" so what follows might be totally wrong.
Tried installing Skype using smxi as per zengrapfruit's suggestion but no joy I'm afraid, although I have to say smxi is one nifty piece of kit so thanks for that
It looks like a lack of SSE2 support is the problem on this box, no longer supported by Skype unfortunately. Intel chips started using SSE2 in 2001, AMD processors from 2003. To find out if your machine has SSE2 run this in a terminal:
SSE2 will be listed as one of the flags if you have it. Fingers crossed!
I have exactly the same problem on my parents' 32 bit Crunchbang box. They have been using Skype 2.2 without problems, but that version can no longer connect to Microsft's server. I downloaded the latest version of Skype for Debian Stable (skype-debian_184.108.40.206-1_i386.deb) and installed it. When I try to run from the terminal I simply get the message:
Grateful for any help with this thanks.
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