Hello Ubuntu Forum,

Hope someone can shed light on this frustrating problem:

I typically boot my Ubuntu 11.04 from a 8 gig usb flash drive, on my Sony PCG-TR3AP laptop. I've been using this method for a few years, no problems and on various computers other than my own.

FYI, the Sony TR3AP Graphics Card: Intel 855GM Chipset Integrated Graphics


Recently I booted my Ubuntu usb flash drive on a HP PAVILION DM1.


I was curious to experience the HP's 'AMD Radeon™ HD 6310M' graphics performance, and installed the ATI proprietary driver to my Ubuntu usb flash drive. (I recall installing it via a sh script which I've since deleted).

Here's when the problem started...

Now, when I boot my Ubuntu usb flash drive on the Sony TR3AP and attempt installing or removing anything, I experience the following error:

'E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.'

I've attempted running 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' a few times which result in the 'fglrx' module configuring, and 'depmod' filling the terminal screen with sequential dots, which run endlessly, until it fills up all remaining free space on my Ubuntu usb flash drive!

The main issue: I can't use 'apt-get' to install or remove anything. Very frustrating to say the least.

How should I proceed?

Thank you,