32 bit software support, in 64 bit version.

Asked by lookatawijeet on 2009-08-25

I AM NEW TO UBUNTU, WHEN I INSTALLED 64 VERSION, I FOUND MY COMPUTER USELESS, AS DEFAULT PLAYERS were NOT ABLE TO PLAY ANY MEDIA. I TRIED INSTALLING VLC from official site, but there was nothin to download (i mean any exe file), i FOLLOWED da instructions, efficiently, and i think i need to know more! i am gettin error massag, shall i switch to 32 version..? any help.....? AWIJEET

WAY TO REPRODUCE IT, just try installing a avast linux antivirus.

50% of da idea suggested is working, but i still have problem in installing software, (deb packages) for example avast antivirus for debian,

i have installed 64 ubuntu version,

installer says it does not support da 32b packages,

 i am facing similar problem with other softwares...

(i hav even tried gdeb, And it jus asks password, 1st crap software discovered by me on linux)

any help....

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This question was originally filed as bug #418375.

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Reinhard Tartler (siretart) said :

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs .

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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

You can now run 32bit apps, and also install 32bit debs by using dpkg --fore-arch -i <deb file> but you will also need 32bit deps for it and it can get hugely messy.

You do not download EXE files. EXE files are for windows and ubuntu is not windows it is Linux. To install VLC simply run:

sudo apt-get install vlc

With Ubuntu it is extremely rare to go to a website to download an app to install, you use the repositorys.

For MP3 playback (Which cannot be included in the distro due to some countries it is illegal) you can use:


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Tom (tom6) said :

I think this question was asked accidentally when trying to reply to an existing thread
and i think this has been solved now?

It takes a while to get used to launchpad so don't worry, we have all made mistakes although this is the first time i have seen this one ;) Mine were much worse :)

I was wondering if you had looked at

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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lookatawijeet (lookatawijeet) said :

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.