"cd-ing into the directory and doing a sudo dpkg -i *?"
This is the command line way to install .debs
first you open a terminal or TTY, and then you type `cd /dir_that_contains_your_deb_files` for instance if my deb files were in /home/mikoto I would `cd /home/mikoto`
`sudo dpkg -i *` allows me to install all the files in that directory
sudo - run this command with root permissions but as my user
dpkg - stands for "Debian Package" or "Debian Package Manager" this is what allows you to actually control the .debs, and installed programs on your system independent of apt. So if your GUI breaks, it's about the only way to fix it.
-i - is the switch for "install" This installs the package into your system.
* - is the wildcard, meaning everything. This will try and install everything in the current directory into you system.
A better way that I should have written that command was `sudo dpkg -i *.deb" which would have tried to install all the .debs, and not all the files.
not sure about your process being hung up, i usually use two things when a process hangs up like that,
sudo killall processname
sudo kill (signal#) PID (obtainable through top)
As for it hanging, I'd make sure that you have the most up to date version. Maybe do an:
`sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade`
from the terminal.
if that fails, I'd try a:
`sudo apt-get remove --purge AcidRip`
`sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install AcidRip`
Please make sure that your online repos are enabled for those commands, as you want the freshest version of the program you can get.
Again, those need to be run from the terminal. Or if you're really only comfortable with the GUI, then use Synaptic or a manager like that to completely remove the program from your system, and then re-install it.