Your description isn't helping me come up with an answer. Sorry.
Originally Posted by bman
I do updates from the CLI, so that any warnings and errors can easily be copy/pasted into the forums. Perhaps that would help?
I did see that VLC was updated this week.
is all you need. This will replace kernels for your current distribution with newer versions. It will never upgrade from 1 dist to another. There is a different command for that.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade | tee /tmp/dupgr.log