Ubuntu: Getting errors trying to install UNetbootin in order to reinstall Ubuntu



Question:

I'm new to Linux, and was given a laptop a few months ago with Ubuntu on it, and have been enjoying it so far. I don't do much other than browsing the web, playing Steam, and checking email. Now, I first started noticing any time I tried to update via the Software Center, that I would often get error messages.

The issues basically started when I was having trouble figuring out how to set up this hybrid graphics card setup this laptop has. I was getting bad FPS gaming, so I did some research and found that this laptop has a hybrid setup, so after browsing Google about how to switch from using the onboard card to the Radeon graphics card, I messed up somewhere along the line. Then I basically just went to website after website and tried entering terminal commands from people that had responded to others with the same issue as me.

Eventually, I got it working, but I think that I messed up somewhere and now I get errors doing a wide range of tasks.

Now I want to just completely start fresh and reinstall my OS. The problem is, I am under circumstances where basically I don't have access to USB sticks or CD-ROMs. So, upon doing research, I have followed the instructions given to others trying to do the same thing as me, and I can't get anywhere because I keep getting errors.

I don't really know where to start, so this is an example of an error while trying to install UNetbootin to begin trying to reinstall.

When I enter:

sudo apt-get update  

This is what I get in the terminal:

UNetbootin is a cross-platform utility that can create Live USB systems and can load a variety of system utilities or install various Linux distributions and other operating systems without a CD.  Homepage:   Wiki:   Downloads:   Sourceforge:   Launchpad:    More info:   Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it  gpg: keyring `/tmp/tmpdi5igw02/secring.gpg' created  gpg: keyring `/tmp/tmpdi5igw02/pubring.gpg' created  gpg: requesting key FC91AE7E from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com  gpg: /tmp/tmpdi5igw02/trustdb.gpg: trustdb created  gpg: key FC91AE7E: public key "Launchpad PPA for Geza Kovacs" imported  gpg: Total number processed: 1  gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)  OK  

Then I enter:

sudo apt-get update  

I get the following results:

Hit:1 # "random link" that I can't post because I don't have enough reputation to post URLs  Hit:2 random link                   Hit:3 random link                      Hit:4 random link            Hit:5 random link         Hit:6 random link                    Get:8 random link        Hit:9 random link     Hit:10 random link           Hit:11 random link        Get:12 random link   Get:13 random link   Hit:14 random link   Fetched 306 kB in 1s (218 kB/s)  Reading package lists... Done  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'partner/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'restricted/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link  doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'universe/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'multiverse/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link e' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'restricted/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'universe/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'multiverse/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'restricted/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'universe/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'multiverse/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'restricted/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'universe/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'multiverse/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  N: Skipping acquire of configured file 'main/binary-1386/Packages' as repository 'random link ' doesn't support architecture '1386'  

That's where I'm hitting a wall. I'm sorry that this may be kind of difficult to narrow down my issues, but I'm unfamiliar with Linux so I don't know exactly what the main issue is that's causing these other tasks to not work. I'm trying to end up being able to end up with a fresh install of Ubuntu or Mint.


Solution:1

There are complicated alternative ways to reinstall Ubuntu without using any installation media such as debootstrap, but getting temporary access to a USB flash drive for a few hours will greatly simplify reinstalling Ubuntu even if you have to borrow one.

You don't need to install anything in order to put the Ubuntu installer on a USB flash drive, because there is already an application for that purpose built-in in Ubuntu called Startup Disk Creator. For information on how to use Startup Disk Creator see this question: What is the proper way of creating installation media from Ubuntu iso?.

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Solution:2

To fix your apt update issue:

sudo dpkg --remove-architecture "1386" or remove the line in "/var/lib/dpkg/arch"


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