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I'm having trouble installing skype. I'm having the same issues as detailed in this thread;

Installing skype will not work - skype-bin not installable, and 'held broken packages'

and I am having trouble with this part:

"sudo vi /etc/apt/preferences

and insert the following lines:

Package: *
Pin: release a=quantal* Pin-Priority: 2012

enter :wq to write the file. Pin-Priority must be greater than 1000."

What exactly does "enter :wq" mean? I've tried this numerous times and nothing happens. When I tried to create the file again, it says it may already exist or to delete "etc/apt/preferences.swp" before continuing, but I tried to delete it and it says it can't find it.

Also, when I created the preferences file, it said 'E353 Nothing in register' (it was highlighted in red). Is this standard?

I could use some help if anybody knows anything. Thanks.

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After 8 hours, I finally figured this out. I'm using a Lenovo Ideapad u400. "dpkg --print-foreign-architectures"; "dpkg --print-architecture" If the first comand does not show any output, and the second one gives "amd64" you should try the following commands "sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386"; "sudo apt-get update" and then again, "sudo apt-get install skype" –  Nathan Dec 26 '12 at 4:25

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After 8 hours, I finally figured this out. I'm using a Lenovo Ideapad u400.

dpkg --print-foreign-architectures
dpkg --print-architecture

If the first command does not show any output, and the second one gives "amd64" you should try the following commands

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype
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