My mistake I didn't post this part. I did as it suggested here is what I got in return.
bash: /etc/apt/sources.list: Permission denied
mine@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
[sudo] password for mine:
Setting up java-common (0.30ubuntu3) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Processing triggers for doc-base ...
Processing 2 added doc-base file(s)...
Registering documents with scrollkeeper...
Movies still do not play I have sound from the movie just no picture. should I continue with the codec search?
I tried again this time the updates are working and successful. I believe I missed the "-" the first time I tried.
when I try the install it suggested I get this
mine@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install -p
E: Command line option 'p' [from -p] is not known.
Ok Im not sure what I did but I got it working. I found that I had some broken packets and i assume they were fixed when I updated.
Thanks for pointing out that it tells me how to fix the problem Tredegar. I am so used to just seeing errors that say there was a problem that i have gotten into the habit of not reading them completely.