On August second two thousand fourteen, I was unable to sign in to Skype successfully. I kept getting a "Skype Can't Connect" error message. I was using Linux Ubuntu 12.04 with Skype version 4.2.
I quickly looked on the Internet for some possible solutions. One was to try to delete my Skype folder. On linux you want to browse to your home folder and delete a .Skype folder.
It might be hidden so you can type in "ls -al" in a command prompt so that all your files and folders are listed. Also, you can quickly delete this folder with a "rm -fr .Skype" command. Any commands you type are without quotes.
Obviously you can use file manager to delete this folder, but since it is hidden you will want to enable "Show Hidden Files". On Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 you want to find a skype configuration folder somewhere under your user profile. On Vista, 7, and 8 you would browse to C:\Users\"your username"\.
On Windows XP look for your profile under C:\Documents and Settings\"your username"\. Also, on any Microsoft operating system you could use a search tool and look for a Skype folder under your user profile. Make sure to not delete your Skype folder under "Program Files" on Windows XP or "Programs and Features" on Vista, 7, or 8.
Once you delete that Skype configuration folder try to start Skype up again and see if you are now able to successfully sign in. If that does not fix your issue you can try to sign in to your Skype account on Skype.com. If you are able to successfully sign in to web based Skype then it is not a problem with your Skype account.
In my case what fixed that "Skype Can't Connect" error message was when I upgraded from Skype 4.2 to Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu Linux 64 bit. I quickly ran an "apt-get dist-upgrade" and skype was upgraded from a previous 4.2.x.x to 126.96.36.199. Once I upgraded Skype to 188.8.131.52 I tried signing in.
Now I was able to sign in successfully to Skype. Hopefully, these tips will help you to fix your "Skype Can't Connect" error message on Windows, Linux, and maybe even possibly Mac operating systems.
About Author Aaron J. Berg
Aaron J. Berg is the owner of Anet Computers, host of the Reality PC podcast, and blogger at AnetComputers.com. For over thirteen years, he worked for fortune 500 companies and the United States Federal government supporting computers. Now he helps you solve your most common computer problems.