On Thursday, we released a 1.0.3 update to the Gmail voice and video chat software to version 1.0.3. If you go to Gmail settings, and select the "Chat" tab, you should see the text "Google Talk plugin v188.8.131.52" indicating that your software has been updated. If, for some reason, you see a previous version (or the dreaded "Detecting devices") text, you can run the updater manually by downloading from http://mail.google.com/videochat.
Here's what's new in version 1.0.3:
Windows related fixes
- Fixed issue where the browser would be unable to communicate with the plugin, resulting in "Detecting devices..." forever.
- Resolved incompatibility with Creative camera drivers and software that could result in browser crashes.
- Implemented first fix for issue where users saw green bars and plugin crashes on machines without support for SSE2, such as Athlon XP, Pentium III, and previous. For these machines, only avatar images will be displayed during a video call, as if no camera is present. We are continuing to work on this issue.
- Fixed issue where users could select the known incompatible "Asus virtual Camera" driver.
Mac related fixes
- Fixed issue where the "Default device" option may not actually select the default microphone.
- Fixed issue where installer could incorrectly report a successful install when it actually failed.
- Fixed issue where users with high UID values could only see black video (AKA the "black box" issue).
- Fixed issue where the installer misidentified some Intel machines as PPC.
- Made made several internal improvements to the installer.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in or posted to the Gmail chat forum. Your feedback is extremely helpful in allowing us to identify and diagnose these issues. I'll do a new mailbag with some of the other reports and suggestions later this week.