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 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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This question was originally filed as bug #937412.

Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) said : #1

Ubuntu Bug Squad volunteer triager

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or just let it go outdated as long as it will last, until it locks up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 404 Not Found [IP: 80]

W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found [IP: 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 stable InRelease
Ign stable InRelease
Ign precise InRelease
Ign natty InRelease
Ign precise InRelease
Ign precise InRelease
Ign precise-updates InRelease
Ign precise-backports InRelease
Ign precise-security InRelease
Ign testing InRelease
Get:1 stable Release.gpg [198 B]
Get:2 precise Release.gpg [198 B]
Get:3 precise Release.gpg [72 B]
Get:4 precise Release.gpg [198 B]
Get:5 precise-updates Release.gpg [198 B]
Get:6 stable Release.gpg [198 B]
Get:7 precise-backports Release.gpg [198 B]
Ign testing Release.gpg
Get:8 natty Release.gpg [198 B]
Get:9 stable Release
Get:10 precise-security Release.gpg [198 B]
Get:11 precise Release [11.9 kB]
Get:12 stable Release
Get:13 precise Release [7,078 B]
Get:14 precise Release [49.6 kB]
Ign testing Release
Get:15 stable/main amd64 Packages [1,222 B]
Get:16 stable/main i386 Packages [1,225 B]
Get:17 natty Release [5,916 B]
Ign stable/main TranslationIndex
Get:18 precise-updates Release [49.6 kB]
Get:19 stable/main amd64 Packages [766 B]
Get:20 precise/partner amd64 Packages [4,354 B]
Get:21 precise/partner i386 Packages [5,043 B]
Get:22 stable/main i386 Packages [770 B]
Get:23 precise/main Sources [3,532 B]
Ign stable/main TranslationIndex
Ign precise/partner TranslationIndex
Get:24 natty/partner Sources [4,084 B]
Get:25 natty/partner amd64 Packages [6,635 B]
Get:26 natty/partner i386 Packages [7,336 B]
Get:27 precise-backports Release [49.6 kB]
Get:28 precise/main amd64 Packages [4,615 B]
Get:29 precise/main i386 Packages [4,618 B]
Ign testing/non-free TranslationIndex
Ign natty/partner TranslationIndex
Get:30 precise-security Release [49.6 kB]
Get:31 precise/main Sources [934 kB]
Ign precise/main TranslationIndex
Ign precise/partner Translation-en_US
Err testing/non-free amd64 Packages
  404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Ign precise/partner Translation-en
Ign natty/partner Translation-en_US
Err testing/non-free i386 Packages
  404 Not Found [IP: 80]
Ign precise/main Translation-en_US
Ign natty/partner Translation-en
Ign precise/main Translation-en
Ign stable/main Translation-en_US
Ign stable/main Translation-en
Ign stable/main Translation-en_US
Ign stable/main Translation-en
Ign testing/non-free Translation-en_US
Ign testing/non-free Translation-en
Get:32 precise/restricted Sources [5,470 B]
Get:33 precise/universe Sources [5,019 kB]
Get:34 precise/multiverse Sources [155 kB]
Get:35 precise/main amd64 Packages [1,273 kB]
Get:36 precise/restricted amd64 Packages [8,452 B]
Get:37 precise/universe amd64 Packages [4,786 kB]
Get:38 precise/multiverse amd64 Packages [119 kB]
Get:39 precise/main i386 Packages [1,274 kB]
Get:40 precise/restricted i386 Packages [8,431 B]
Get:41 precise/universe i386 Packages [4,796 kB]
Get:42 precise/multiverse i386 Packages [121 kB]
Get:43 precise/main TranslationIndex [3,706 B]
Get:44 precise/multiverse TranslationIndex [2,676 B]
Get:45 precise/restricted TranslationIndex [2,596 B]
Get:46 precise/universe TranslationIndex [2,922 B]
Get:47 precise-updates/main Sources [149 kB]
Get:48 precise-updates/restricted Sources [2,431 B]
Get:49 precise-updates/universe Sources [46.2 kB]
Get:50 precise-updates/multiverse Sources [1,058 B]
Get:51 precise-updates/main amd64 Packages [361 kB]
Get:52 precise-updates/restricted amd64 Packages [4,417 B]
Get:53 precise-updates/universe amd64 Packages [120 kB]
Get:54 precise-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages [2,365 B]
Get:55 precise-updates/main i386 Packages [365 kB]
Get:56 precise-updates/restricted i386 Packages [4,430 B]
Get:57 precise-updates/universe i386 Packages [120 kB]
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Get:59 precise-updates/main TranslationIndex [3,564 B]
Get:60 precise-updates/multiverse TranslationIndex [2,605 B]
Get:61 precise-updates/restricted TranslationIndex [2,461 B]
Get:62 precise-updates/universe TranslationIndex [2,850 B]
Get:63 precise-backports/main Sources [2,422 B]
Get:64 precise-backports/restricted Sources [14 B]
Get:65 precise-backports/universe Sources [13.1 kB]
Get:66 precise-backports/multiverse Sources [1,383 B]
Get:67 precise-backports/main amd64 Packages [1,945 B]
Get:68 precise-backports/restricted amd64 Packages [14 B]
Get:69 precise-backports/universe amd64 Packages [11.7 kB]
Get:70 precise-backports/multiverse amd64 Packages [996 B]
Get:71 precise-backports/main i386 Packages [1,941 B]
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Get:73 precise-backports/universe i386 Packages [11.7 kB]
Get:74 precise-backports/multiverse i386 Packages [999 B]
Get:75 precise-backports/main TranslationIndex [72 B]
Get:76 precise-backports/multiverse TranslationIndex [71 B]
Get:77 precise-backports/restricted TranslationIndex [70 B]
Get:78 precise-backports/universe TranslationIndex [72 B]
Get:79 precise-security/main Sources [36.2 kB]
Get:80 precise-security/restricted Sources [1,950 B]
Get:81 precise-security/universe Sources [10.2 kB]
Get:82 precise-security/multiverse Sources [713 B]
Get:83 precise-security/main amd64 Packages [129 kB]
Get:84 precise-security/restricted amd64 Packages [3,969 B]
Get:85 precise-security/universe amd64 Packages [35.4 kB]
Get:86 precise-security/multiverse amd64 Packages [1,155 B]
Get:87 precise-security/main i386 Packages [133 kB]
Get:88 precise-security/restricted i386 Packages [3,968 B]
Get:89 precise-security/universe i386 Packages [35.6 kB]
Get:90 precise-security/multiverse i386 Packages [1,394 B]
Get:91 precise-security/main TranslationIndex [73 B]
Get:92 precise-security/multiverse TranslationIndex [71 B]
Get:93 precise-security/restricted TranslationIndex [71 B]
Get:94 precise-security/universe TranslationIndex [73 B]
Get:95 precise/main Translation-en [726 kB]
Get:96 precise/multiverse Translation-en [93.4 kB]
Get:97 precise/restricted Translation-en [2,395 B]
Get:98 precise/universe Translation-en [3,341 kB]
Get:99 precise-updates/main Translation-en [174 kB]
Get:100 precise-updates/multiverse Translation-en [1,600 B]
Get:101 precise-updates/restricted Translation-en [1,145 B]
Get:102 precise-updates/universe Translation-en [72.1 kB]
Get:103 precise-backports/main Translation-en [1,244 B]
Get:104 precise-backports/multiverse Translation-en [422 B]
Get:105 precise-backports/restricted Translation-en [14 B]
Get:106 precise-backports/universe Translation-en [8,646 B]
Get:107 precise-security/main Translation-en [66.4 kB]
Get:108 precise-security/multiverse Translation-en [587 B]
Get:109 precise-security/restricted Translation-en [978 B]
Get:110 precise-security/universe Translation-en [22.5 kB]
Fetched 24.9 MB in 15s (1,576 kB/s)

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