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Thread: Downloading packeges fails?

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    Exclamation Downloading packeges fails?

    I just installed the new version of Ubuntu and I am finding it pretty good I have one problem though. Every time I try to download updates, drivers, or even install programs I get a time out error. I ran
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    sudo apt-get update
    to see if the repos where working and they are, it even came up with some updates but when I try to download them I get a time out error. If you could help me fix this it would be a big help, Thanks.
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    Re: Downloading packeges fails?

    try this checklist

    - are you connected to the internet?
    - has your network connection been recognised and is it avalible, if you are posting here then yes
    - try pinging the servers ( from terminal: ping <a server>
    - try later?

    Hope some of this helps
    running ubuntu 12.04 on a custom build, dual core, 2.6Ghz, 4gb ram, 250gb hdd, nvidia 8600GT (512mb) laptop

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    Re: Downloading packeges fails?

    The weird thing is that I can recieve an updated source list but I can't download the updates from the repos.
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    Re: Downloading packeges fails?

    FWIW, if you look around, there are threads where other people are having similar problems today. Including myself.

    I can only guess that for whatever reason, traffic at the repos is higher than normal (maybe people are still upgrading?). Wait for things to die down and try again.

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    Re: Downloading packeges fails?

    Sadly, its been occuring with me too..I have been able to download but gotten ridiciously low download speeds and a few "could not fetch ..." Sorry I cant help more, just be aware you arent alone
    "There is no failure, just ways that don't work" And when this is realized, people are much happier in life because if they stop trying, they fail as to give up. If people take this approach in life, they will never ever fail"

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    Re: Downloading packeges fails?

    Ya ok then it is probobly the repos being overloaded. I will just wait and see what happens, but from what it sounds like it is most likely a server overload problem.
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