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boopit
January 29th, 2011, 09:46 PM
No matter what it is I'm trying to install, remove, or upgrade, I get the same error.

InstallArchives() failed

I am running Ubuntu 10.10 off of a flash drive, made using the universal USB isntall from Pendrivelinux.

What is the point of having Ubuntu 10.10 if I can't install anything? I can't even get my wireless drivers installed; I have to use this painfully ugly USB wireless thing.

Please help; I really want to use Ubuntu, but it defeats the purpose when I can't use it for anything.

Thanks in advance.

boopit
January 30th, 2011, 02:22 AM
*bump

Anyone? Please?

oldos2er
January 30th, 2011, 02:25 AM
Can you run
sudo fdisk -l in a terminal, and post the output here?
And the same with
sudo apt-get update

boopit
January 30th, 2011, 03:34 AM
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x5083d9ff

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 26 203776 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 26 28310 227188736 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 28310 30389 16698368 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 30389 30402 105656 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Disk /dev/sdb: 4063 MB, 4063232000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 493 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x9867cd22

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 494 3967968+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
phys=(492, 254, 63) logical=(493, 253, 16)
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x5083d9ff

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 26 203776 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 26 28310 227188736 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 28310 30389 16698368 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 30389 30402 105656 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Disk /dev/sdb: 4063 MB, 4063232000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 493 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x9867cd22

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 494 3967968+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
phys=(492, 254, 63) logical=(493, 253, 16)
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ ^C
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update
Ign cdrom://Ubuntu 10.10 _Maverick Meerkat_ - Release i386 (20101007)/ maverick/main Translation-en
Ign cdrom://Ubuntu 10.10 _Maverick Meerkat_ - Release i386 (20101007)/ maverick/main Translation-en_US
Ign cdrom://Ubuntu 10.10 _Maverick Meerkat_ - Release i386 (20101007)/ maverick/restricted Translation-en
Ign cdrom://Ubuntu 10.10 _Maverick Meerkat_ - Release i386 (20101007)/ maverick/restricted Translation-en_US
Get:1 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security Release.gpg [198B]
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/main Translation-en
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/restricted Translation-en
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/restricted Translation-en_US
Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick Release.gpg [198B]
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en_US
Get:3 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security Release [31.4kB]
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/restricted Translation-en
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/restricted Translation-en_US
Get:4 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates Release.gpg [198B]
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/main Translation-en
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/restricted Translation-en
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
Get:5 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick Release [39.8kB]
Get:6 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/main Sources [23.1kB]
Get:7 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/restricted Sources [14B]
Get:8 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/main i386 Packages [75.0kB]
Get:9 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates Release [31.4kB]
Get:10 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick/main Sources [829kB]
Get:11 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/restricted i386 Packages [14B]
Get:12 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick/restricted Sources [4,370B]
Get:13 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick/main i386 Packages [1,492kB]
Get:14 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick/restricted i386 Packages [5,992B]
Get:15 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/main Sources [77.9kB]
Get:16 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/restricted Sources [778B]
Get:17 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/main i386 Packages [213kB]
Get:18 http://archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/restricted i386 Packages [1,797B]
Fetched 2,826kB in 2min 9s (21.8kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done
There you go

|{urse
January 30th, 2011, 07:47 AM
nice! Probably missing a symlink to somewhere. can you post the out put of this command?

sudo su
<password>
apt-get install nano && cat /var/log/dpkg.log | grep 'install'

I'm assuming that's still where dpkg keeps it's log. I'm using Intrepid still.

|{urse
January 30th, 2011, 08:02 AM
Just an FYI if you really want to use Ubuntu I highly recommend installing it to hard disk! Those usb installations hardly ever work correctly. I'll check back tomorrow to see if you still want to work on getting apt fixed on the usb install. Nighters ^^

boopit
January 31st, 2011, 02:48 AM
I actually found help yesterday. There was a file (can't remember exactly where, I'm running Windows at the moment) and I read that if you temporarily move it and install the new kernel, installation problems should be fixed. So I moved the file temporarily, and ran


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

And viola! Everything was fixed.

I was starting to give up hope; that was like my 5th clean installation that day. :P

Thanks for helping anyways!

|{urse
January 31st, 2011, 06:50 AM
glad u got things sorted ^^