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update error

Ever since I upgraded to 11.10 from 11.04 I get the following error when I download and install new up dates.

installArchives() failed: Preconfiguring packages ...
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(Reading database ... 176231 files and directories currently installed.)

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mounting MP3 player in Maverick

What command must I use to get my MP3 player recognised by the media player (it's a Jensen)

Install Mplayer and Multimedia Codecs (libdvdcss2,w32codecs,w64codecs) on ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric)

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Webcam problem

I have webcam Genius Eye 312, and i try to get it to work properly on Ubuntu 11.10.

Cheese recognize webcam, but Skype don't, and that is most important, i need it for Skype and Gtalk. How to configure/fix that bug ?

i tried with

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/skype

- that work in 11.04 but here in 11.10... nope

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Wireless Adapter question

Hey guys! I've recently got myself a new computer. Well, new will be a lie, since this thing has long since reached that age when a child goes to school. Since it's old, I've decided to try Linux on it, knowing it won't be able to run windows XP.
Anyway, so far for my internet connection I've used Edimax Wireless Adapter. It's a usb thing, looks like a flash drive, that allows you WiFi connection. Well, two problems:
I no longer have the installation CD it came with, and it needs a software to run with.
And even if I did know where the CD is, I doubt if it would run on Linux...
I'm using Ubuntu 11.04. Any suggestions?

How to install Gnome Shell in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

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invalid "getdeb.list.bck" in sources list d

I found that I again had the bug "getdeb.list.bck in sources.list.d". I don't know how to change or remove the files in the sources list. It's not a crucial issue, but it is quite irritating each time you do an update of sources to get in the terminal:Ignoring file 'getdeb.list.bck' in directory '/etc/apt/sources.list.d/' as it has an invalid filename extension. I would greatly appreciate any help and suggestions. Thanks.

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Under the hood, Mint borrows heavily from Ubuntu, in fact over the years they've adjusted their release cycle to coincide with Ubuntu. However in 2010 they released a Debian centric release independent of Ubuntu. Unlike most Linux distributions (with a single software branch) Linux Mint has 3 separate releases.

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I just bought a new printer for my computer and it's a HP Deskjet 3050 j610, I was able to install the driver for the printer. I am having problems with configuring the printer to my system. I am not able to use the scanner, I have the xsane package and it still doesn't allow me to scan. I was hoping there would be someone out there that would help me out with this issue. Thank you.


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Help! My laptop is stuck on the start up screen!

I have recently updated ubuntu 10.04 and now when I switch my laptop on, it's stuck on the startup screen which is a purple screen with the ubuntu logo. I can access the terminal but when it asks for my password it won't let me type and keeps saying login failed. I have no start disk and I am panicking as I desperately need a piece of information off my laptop. Any help would be hugely appreciated!!!

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