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I just did a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit, and it seems that most major packages I attempt to install (among them being Skype, Steam/Steam-Launcher, WINE, etc.), give an "unmet dependencies" error and refuse to install.

I have looked at several other questions of a similar description (many duplicates) but none of the solutions worked and I have not yet found someone with this specific issue.

Installing Steam:

stere0123@stere0123-THINKPAD-U14:~$ sudo apt-get install steam
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 using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 qtdeclarative5-qtfeedback-plugin : Depends: libqt5feedback5 but it is not going to be installed
E: Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.
stere0123@stere0123-THINKPAD-U14:~$ 

Installing WINE 1.6:

stere0123@stere0123-THINKPAD-U14:~$ sudo apt-get install wine1.6
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 using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 wine1.6 : Depends: wine1.6-amd64 (= 1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4) but it is not going to be installed
           Depends: wine1.6-i386 (= 1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4)
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
stere0123@stere0123-THINKPAD-U14:~$ 

Installing Skype:

stere0123@stere0123-THINKPAD-U14:~$ sudo apt-get install skype
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 using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 skype : Depends: skype-bin
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
stere0123@stere0123-THINKPAD-U14:~$ 

I get similar errors with some other packages I've tried as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated as this problem is currently crippling this system!

marked as duplicate by karel, Luis Alvarado Jul 25 '14 at 19:04

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  • Not sure why this was downvoted. Perhaps because you did not mention what you tried to resolve the problem and this is a FAQ. At any rate, I upvoted the question to offset the downvote a tad. – Panther Jul 25 '14 at 17:37
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change download server as suggested above:

Open your source.list using your favorite text editor, ie

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list locate http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu and replace it with http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu

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sudo apt-get -f install

It will solve you'r problem.

see this question and thia there are lot of question on this topic.

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SOLVED!

None of the above solutions worked, and as said previously neither did any other solutions I found.

I tried to backtrack in case it was a setting or something I may have changed, and found nothing, but I changed my package download server from the supposedly "best" one to a more common/popular one (from "liquidweb" to "wikimedia") and all of the issues were solved. This was apparently just from a broken or outdated package repository server I guess. Anyone else who may have this problem, check your package download source, and make sure it is a more popular or reputable one.

  • Either that or perhaps you need to run sudo apt-get update prior to installing applications, hard to say. – Panther Jul 25 '14 at 17:35

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