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The following packages have unmet dependencies:
skype : Depends: skype-bin but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

That is the error message I receive when I try to install skype with terminal. Synaptics gives an error message about fixing broken something or other and when I click fix it it gives another error. Can anyone help me?

I tried deb package. This loads Ubuntu Software Center for me which is a major no no. It lags and crashes my system constantly and I have no problem using Synaptic for installing most programs but says broken package for skype and errors when attempting to fix it. I have tried every way I can think of it to get anything to work and nothing will. Just downloaded ubuntu 12.04 or whatever and I'll settle for any working version of skype just help me.

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did you try to install from a .deb package? –  1linecode Jan 29 '13 at 18:11
    
Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! How exactly are you attempting to install Skype? What is the reason for a manual install? It should be available in the Software Centre. Also, include more information: Ubuntu version, Skype version you're trying to install, 32-bit/64-bit system, etc. Do this by editing your question. –  gertvdijk Jan 29 '13 at 18:19
    
I tried deb package. This loads Ubuntu Software Center for me which is a major no no. It lags and crashes my system constantly and I have no problem using Synaptic for installing most programs. I have tried every way I can think of it to get anything to work and nothing will. –  user127083 Jan 29 '13 at 20:00
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Could you please paste the "another error" you get when you ask Synaptic to fix your broken packages? –  Andrea Corbellini Jan 29 '13 at 20:09
    
What exact "deb package" did you use? Skype is available in the software centre directly! No need to use third-party ones. –  gertvdijk Jan 29 '13 at 20:11

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One problem I have had with Skype running a 64-bit machine is not having ia32-libs.

Or this might help you Installing skype will not work - skype-bin not installable, and 'held broken packages'

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No need for ia32-libs nowadays. I suggest you to read about Multiarch. –  gertvdijk Jan 29 '13 at 20:13
    
Thanks. I've been away on Debian for a while. –  Simon Hoare Jan 29 '13 at 20:17

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