''another skype instance may exist''

You wan't to login to skype, but you can't because you receive the following error: ''another skype instance may exist''.

This seems to be a common problem with Skype and Ubuntu.

Solution:

1) Open the terminal. (Dash Home: type: terminal)
2) Type ps aux
3) Look for the skype process and the process number
4) Type kill -9 xxxx (process nr. eg. 4557)
5) Start Skype and login.

Does this work for you? Leave me a comment!

Comments

  1. Thanks, man! Works fine.

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  3. Thanks ! it works well. Skype starts again.

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  4. Thanks a lot. It works.

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  5. Worked perfectly. Thanks. Had three processes to kill.

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  6. Thanks. It works. You are the best.

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  7. I don't get the part where it says "4) Type kill -9 xxxx (process nr. eg. 4557)"

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  8. Hi Anna,

    were you able to find the skype process number(s)? If the process number is for instance 48579, you type in your terminal "kill -9 48579" .

    best.

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  9. It worked! At first I didn't realize that the problem was that I had multiple skype processes running. After I got past that brain-fart, woohoo! Thanks!

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  10. Thank you! My first time using Linux and the terminal!! I had to delete three process numbers because I tried logging in three times. But it worked! Thank you!

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  11. Typing "killall skype" in terminal works as well. Has anyone found out a a more permanent fix?

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  12. Thanks man, it worked ;) it is just like windows processes

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