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Thread: [SOLVED] UPDATE, install and codec issues

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    Thumbs down [SOLVED] UPDATE, install and codec issues

    new to ubuntu, primarily was a windows user however after the instability of it i have now become HIGHLY irritated, so now i swaped to using this WONDERFULY stable, fast, SANE and generaly beautiful o/s. now heres the machine specs im running:

    IBM thinkpad T23
    pentium 3 processor
    512mb ram + 256mb ram
    60gb harddrive
    ubuntu 8.10
    (these are the specs i can remember as dont now how to get this information through ubuntu)

    and the issues are:
    update manager can find updates, you can select them, you can tell them to install them and then WHAM! im hit with the following error messages

    E: dpkg was interupted, you must run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct this problem.
    E: _cache->open()fail, please report.

    this message also appears on the following areas as discovered, probably others but anyways here they are:

    synaptic package manager
    update manager (same program maybe?)
    also when it asks to install codecs to play media like music or movies.

    when i run the terminal and enter 'sudo --dpkg --configure -a' it comes up with a list of comands.

    so okay i can understand it right up until those commands appear, im clueless! no idea!

    so if anyone can advise me on how to go about fixing all these silly lil errors please message me over it. cant play music files, cd's or anything else until this are fixed. oh and also if you happen to have time help on downloading and installing applications would be nice or if someone has a link to a simple thread on how to do that it'd be nice.

    well last of all, i'd like to thank everyone for reading this and also thank them in advance for any help given.

    if any more information is required, please ask for it but remember, total newbie and just figuring things out.

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    Re: UPDATE, install and codec issues

    welcome to ubuntu, the command you typed in the terminal probably was incorrect instead of using
    Code:
    sudo --dpkg --configure -a
    use
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --configure -a
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    Re: UPDATE, install and codec issues

    Did you add any third-party repositories lately?

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    Re: UPDATE, install and codec issues

    no third party repository added to best of my knowledge

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