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How can I fix a 404 Error using a PPA?

On Ubuntu 11.10 32-bit, I am trying to install a package update to fix the bug detailed here.

In comment #25 Robert Hooker provides a link for his package.

I have followed the instructions on the page for adding it to my repositories (both manually and from the terminal), and when I run sudo apt-get update I get this message at the end:

W: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found
W: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found
E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

How can I get and install these packages?

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marked as duplicate by Anwar Shah, Mitch, Mik, Takkat, Tom Brossman Sep 24 '12 at 19:02

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The package doesn't seem to be available for Ubuntu 11.10, only for some previous versions. You can see for yourself here.

To get these packages you need to manually modify your /etc/apt/sources.list to include the older distro for this PPA. e.g.

deb natty main 
deb-src natty main 

then run

apt-get update
apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

Note: This xorg fix may not work for you as it's intended for a different version of Ubuntu. You are better off asking the author for a fix that applies to your version.

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i see. what a pain. well I can at least try. So i just open up /etc/apt/sources.list and copy and paste the two urls at the bottom? – user45148 Feb 6 '12 at 1:30

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