Well, hello there.
Yes, I'm a newbie, I've used FreeBSD before now, installing that one was a whiz, but other than that I've not done anything unix before.
Now, I would just like to say, I have searched for an answer... I recon the answer is probably pretty simple, unfortunately because of the nature of the problem its pretty tricky to google for.
So, here's the scenario:
installed debian off the seven CD set, unfortunately startx won't work (something about nice values, but thats another story entirely), so, anyway, I need to install some more stuff I've downloaded using windows to get my wireless pci card to work. Simple enough. The problem is when I try dpkg --configure libc6 after installing libc6 I get told libc6 depends on libdb1-compat and libdb1-compat isn't configured. Although I did install it. Okay, simple enough, I simply do dpkg --configure libdb1-compat... but wait, whats this, libdb1-compat depends on libc6 and libc6 isn't configured... I think what we've got here is a chicken or egg situation!
So my question is, how do I configure them when they both depend on the other one being configured?
Any help muchly appreciated! Phew, debian is tougher than I thought, for one thing I get told xFree86 isn't installed when it is and a whole bunch of other things.