My update packages program does not work!

Asked by Kevin Mogg on 2012-02-21

Recently, my laptop began failing to run through the updater download packages routines and gives me constantly a failed to download packages message.

I am not familiar with software writing, so i depended on it to run without failures, and answers in here, seem to indicate that you have to be an author or editor of basic, or assembly code so i hope an answer is involving removing and reloading some other version of a later type of ubuntu update program.

I have tried to remove and reload the update manager, and it constantly fails to work, as well as the smart package manager i just loaded.

i have a hp pavilion zv 5330 with a 3.2ghz cpu, 1.2 gb ram, 250gb hdd. the version of linux used occupies 220mb or so, and i have run linux inthis laptop for months and nothing was wrong with anything until i updated to 11.10, and soon after that, i copuld not update packages. it has not been used daily, more like every week or 3. is it possible that my virgin mobil 3g modem would be so slow as to cause this? i doubt that as it works on every other pc here i use linux on, at 11.10 updated level, all the time. the trouble is in only this laptop. it gets almost to the end of the packages list progress bar, then fails out every time, with a message to check my internet connection, which is ridiculous...it is connected and working. all my other pcs in 11.10 linux work fine with this modem updating with the same update manager s/w.

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Last query:
2012-02-22
Last reply:
2012-08-13

This question was originally filed as bug #937412.

Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) said : #1

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May I know which mirror server that youuse to update?

Kevin Mogg (qq-kevin-mm) said : #3

I do not want to annoy people with this problem any more, sorry. i
have given up on updating the pc, so i may have to go back to windows,
or just let it go outdated as long as it will last, until it locks up
for whatever reason, as i have no cd for loading the O.S. again, or a
broadband connection. thanks to all for offering advice. i do
appreciate the open system logic, and ubuntu, but it may be too much
for me to fix this one. the source server works for my friends pc, but
my laptop is far less important at the moment.

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mfauzirahman (mfauzirahman) said : #4

please try this step

sudo apt-get clean
cd /var/lib/apt
sudo mv lists lists.old
sudo rm -rf lists.old
sudo mkdir -p lists/partial
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update

Attila Sali (saliattila) said : #5

I have the following problem in connection with this. I get the following error message:

W: Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/dists/testing/non-free/binary-amd64/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 173.194.39.103 80]

W: Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/dists/testing/non-free/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 173.194.39.103 80]

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

This keeps coming up even after executing all these:
sudo apt-get clean
cd /var/lib/apt
sudo mv lists lists.old
sudo rm -rf lists.old
sudo mkdir -p lists/partial
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update

This what is output before the error message:
Ign http://dl.google.com stable InRelease
Ign http://dl.google.com stable InRelease
Ign http://archive.canonical.com precise InRelease
Ign http://archive.canonical.com natty InRelease
Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com precise InRelease
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com precise InRelease
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates InRelease
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports InRelease
Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-security InRelease
Ign http://dl.google.com testing InRelease
Get:1 http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg [198 B]
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Ign http://dl.google.com testing/non-free TranslationIndex
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Get:31 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise/main Sources [934 kB]
Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main TranslationIndex
Ign http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner Translation-en_US
Err http://dl.google.com testing/non-free amd64 Packages
  404 Not Found [IP: 173.194.39.103 80]
Ign http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner Translation-en
Ign http://archive.canonical.com natty/partner Translation-en_US
Err http://dl.google.com testing/non-free i386 Packages
  404 Not Found [IP: 173.194.39.103 80]
Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main Translation-en_US
Ign http://archive.canonical.com natty/partner Translation-en
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Get:79 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/main Sources [36.2 kB]
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Get:81 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe Sources [10.2 kB]
Get:82 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse Sources [713 B]
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Get:85 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe amd64 Packages [35.4 kB]
Get:86 http://archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse amd64 Packages [1,155 B]
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