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I have just installed Ubuntu 12.10 and am able to successfully log in, but when I get to the desktop, it is blank. Terminal is functioning. Dell inspiron 710m, integrated intel graphics. I have tried sudo apt-get install update but I am faced with the response:

E: Unable to locate package update
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PressCtrlAltF1, then enter the following commands:

sudo apt-get install update
sudo startx

Try this

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