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I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Update manager shows I have 89 updates available. When I click on install updates it never completes the download of the updates. I think that it never really starts the download. It just sits there with a circle spinning forever.

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Please edit your question and add the output of the command sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade. – SirCharlo Sep 25 '12 at 16:53

Restart your system At boot screen select repair broken packages and then update packages. you can get root terminal with network support and do

aptitude update
aptitude safe-upgrade
aptitude autoclean
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