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I have a dell inspiron 64 bit and I'm running both windows 7 and Ubuntu in dual boot

I am having trouble installing skype and wine.

When I try to install skype etc I get the following error:

 sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are Blockquote using the unstable distribution that some required packages have not yet been created or been moved out of Incoming.

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The following packages have unmet dependencies:

ia32-libs : Depends: ia32-libs-multiarch but it is not installable E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages

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What version of Ubuntu are you using? Is your current Ubuntu a clean install, or have you updated from an old version? –  DaimyoKirby Nov 15 '12 at 6:35
    
Sounds like your multiarch is broken. What's the output of dpkg --print-foreign-architectures? –  tumbleweed Nov 17 '12 at 15:48
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Type following commands to fix this problem

First remove Wine completely

sudo apt-get purge wine skype

Fix dependencies

sudo apt-get install -f

Remove unnecessary packages

sudo apt-get autoremove

Clean Cache

sudo apt-get clean

Update system

sudo apt-get update

Install wine and skype

sudo apt-get install wine skype

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