Synaptic Package Manager Error

Asked by AMG

I tried to install LimeWire and stopped 1/2 way through w/errors;
When trying to install:
only 1 software management tool is allowed to run at the same time.
please close the other application e.g. "update manager", 'aptitude' or 'synpatic' first.

When trying to access Synaptic;
E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.


PS... Have been getting allot of lockup sine I started using Ubuntu feel I need more RAM (512MB ps2700). recently set up an older computer to test and learn Ubuntu before going to edubuntu and using in local private school application.

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Best williamts99 (williamts99) said :


In a terminal enter sudo dpkg --configure -a

Also, you may I recommend Frostwire instead

As far as the lockups, try memtest when the bootmenu comes up. This will test your memory, let it run for a while, and see if it returns any errors.

Best Regards,

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AMG (sombrerobeach) said :

I will try in the morning and report.
Time to go to sleep........

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Vojtěch Trefný (vojtech.trefny) said :

Vojtěch Trefný suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #52: “Can't install new software and updates”.

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AMG (sombrerobeach) said :

Thanks williamts99, that solved my question.

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AMG (sombrerobeach) said :

Ran the memtest and everything looks fine.
Thanks for all the help.