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Old 11-03-2009, 03:34 PM   #1
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trouble with software downloads.

I am on linux mint 7 gloria. When I try to down load software updates this error message appears "sudo dpkg--configure-a" What do I do to fix this . I also noticed that the web browser doesn't work. My dvd works . this all started with reloading vista again - I have set up grub again and thanks for the help to do that.
Old 11-04-2009, 08:06 AM   #2
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The error message actually says that there is a problem and you can fix it by running "sudo dpkg --configure -a". If you run this command in a terminal, it will reconfigure all packages that you have installed. This should resolve the problem that is preventing your updates from working. You should then be able to update propery, and your system should work properly again.

If your web browser doesn't work, then it's probably a damaged update; maybe some part of the update completed but not all of it, so some programs won't work properly. Since this happened when reinstalling Vista, I suspect that the Vista overwrote the boot partition on the disk, which may have caused problems installing a kernel update.

Basically, you should be able to run
sudo dpkg --configure -a
followed by
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
This may reset some custom settings, such as your video driver, but shouldn't cause any problems you haven't seen before on your installation. Also, you may be asked some questions while the dpkg command is running; the defaults are always a reasonable choice if you are unsure.
Old 11-05-2009, 03:34 PM   #3
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thank you

I just reloaded the whole system and wiped everything out and just have vista for now. Am going to wait for w7 and then try reloading linux.


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