This all started when a red dot appeared on the menu bar.
Machine was operating poorly so I read the message that stated there was an error run package manager so I followed a thread to a person with the same message and run the recommended command and got the following message
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: language-pack-kde-en language-pack-kde-en-base libhal1 hal libhal-storage1 hal-info
So I ran the command that was to remove them and terminal claimed success. I still have the previous mentioned error reported on the menu bar.
sudo apt-get -f install Reading package lists... Error! E: Read error - read (5: Input/output error) E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
machine is performing about the same except the Software Center crashes.