In 2010 I installed a debian mint because it had better, more seemless upgrading. I HATE UPGRADING Linux OSes. Never liked it (no printer, flakey samba, no macro ala. ahk, no bulk cd ripping, no ghost recording flash while asleep, no voice data entry, no bulk encoding dvds, I hate linux commandline/prefer easier and more useful dos, everything is harder in linux)-- enough complaints.
I got new xp machine, and wish to retire the xp on this old machine and boot into Mint partitions, since I don't need the xp features, and cannot reinstall the oem xp (no disk) to fix some registry problems that are making xp unstable at times.
However, after taking 20 hours in 2010 to customize and get my mint half way useful, I have no stomach to fiddle with it. But the update manager isn't working, programs wont install in synaptic.
My guess is the repositories locations have changed.