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Old 05-03-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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package install problems


I have an EeePC with Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (pre-installed Xandros?)

I cannot install 90% of packages, irrespective of method - I've tried (in easy mode) the add/remove software tab, after downloading a .deb package, but it comes up with an error message (and always claims there's an older version installed when I know for a face there isn't!!), or hangs while installing. I've tried downloading a .deb file, right clicking on it in file manager, choosing the "install deb file" option, then get an error message saying can't install it. Also tried in the command line "sudo apt-get install [package]", but get a string of waffle like:

sudo apt-get install wine 1.2
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
W: Couldn't stat source package list file: tmp/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/_tmp_.jtQeLUUG_dists_tmp_main_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list http://download.videolan.org videolan/debian Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/download.videolan.org_pub_dists_videolan_debian_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list http://download.videolan.org videolan/sarge Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/download.videolan.org_pub_dists_videolan_sarge_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list http://download.videolan.org videolan/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/download.videolan.org_pub_dists_videolan_main_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org debian/stable Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/ftp.uk.debian.org_dists_debian_stable_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org debian/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/ftp.uk.debian.org_dists_debian_main_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org debian/contrib Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/ftp.uk.debian.org_dists_debian_contrib_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list ftp://ftp.uk.debian.org debian/non-free Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/ftp.uk.debian.org_dists_debian_non-free_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list http://http.us.debian.org debian/stable Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/http.us.debian.org_dists_debian_stable_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list http://http.us.debian.org debian/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/http.us.debian.org_dists_debian_main_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list http://http.us.debian.org debian/contrib Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/http.us.debian.org_dists_debian_contrib_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list http://http.us.debian.org debian/non-free Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/http.us.debian.org_dists_debian_non-free_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
E: The package wine needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it.

Running apt-get update also comes up with the same sort of error messages.

I thought linux would give me a more peaceful life than windows....

Anyone know what's going wrong?????
Many thanks in advance
 
Old 05-03-2011, 05:29 PM   #2
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Xandros (and Debian 4 also) are way outdated and not supported anymore. I would strongly recommend to install a recent distro that is supported and gets updates/security fixes.
 
Old 05-03-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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Xandros (and Debian 4 also) are way outdated and not supported anymore. I would strongly recommend to install a recent distro that is supported and gets updates/security fixes.
An hour and a half late, but I agree completely.
 
Old 05-03-2011, 09:31 PM   #4
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DebianEeePC/HowTo/Install - Debian Wiki - http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC/HowTo/Install
 
Old 05-04-2011, 03:59 AM   #5
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figured as much, did try to install a different distro before but it wouldnt boot from the USB despite changing the priorities in the boot setup...
 
Old 05-04-2011, 06:42 AM   #6
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Please post how you have tried to make your USB bootable and which distro you have tried. May be we can point out what has gone wrong and help you with that.
 
Old 05-04-2011, 06:27 PM   #7
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downloaded ubuntu from here - http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download
but the 3 walk-through options are windows, mac & ubuntu (I created it using windows on a PC at work, as had no other option), it was a while ago, then I gave up...i also tried to use a fedora dvd from a magazine, but my portable cd/dvd rw drive didnt get recognised..

are there any simple step-by-step guides for novices out there? I've seen a few out there that may as well be in Klingon.

my eeepc is the 1000 series
 
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If you can use a Windows PC for creating the USB device follow these steps:
1. Format your USB device with the FAT32 file-system. You can use the Windows Explorer for that, just right click on the device and choose the format option.

2. Download and start the Windows version of unetbootin.
3. Choose the distribution and version of your choice in the drop down lists.
4. Choose your USB device in the drop down list.
5. Press OK. unetbootin will now download the Linux you have chosen, copy it to your USB device and make it bootable.
6. When unetbootin has done its work remove the USB device safely using the appropriate icon in the system tray.
7. Plug the USB device into your netbook and boot from it.
8. Follow the install instructions for the distro you have chosen.
9. Have fun with Linux.
 
Old 05-06-2011, 04:11 PM   #9
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thanks for that, followed it, booted up - nothing.... just loaded the usual KDE desktop.... it recognises the USB once booted up...

downloaded the linux version of unetbootin too, but when i try to open it from my xandros eeepc, it asks me what application to open it with....

aaaaargh!!!
 
  


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