It is from 2007. I know that some would consider it a dinosaur... For me, it is not the newest, but not really very old either.
The machine was running various flavours of Ubuntu until 3 weeks ago. On 2 July 2013 I made a fresh install of Mint 15 Mate 32 bit, on a newly formatted partition. Today 25 July, I went for the routinely updates with the update manager. A small session, only 1MB to download, and then while installing, crash, black screen, machine dead (no error message of any kind).
The package being installed while the crash occured is apparently something with virtualbox. I do not use virtualbox knowingly, nor did I install it knowingly, but it might be part of the default install packages and thus need today's updates.
Reboot, back to the update manager. He tells that he was interrupted and the problem must be corrected manually with
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sudo dpkg --configure -a
OK, if that is what you need, I'll do it.
Same story, crash, black screen. machine dead.
Reboot, back to update manager. He tells the same as last time. But this time I don't do the dpkg thing. Seems hopeless...
The problem is, that I won't be able to make future routine updates, as long as the problem is not corrected, but running dpkg manually as they recommend, leads to the same crash as update manager did.
Additionally the recommendation to run dpkg is accompanied by a line saying:
E: _cache->open() failed, please report
Not knowing where to report it, I report it here, not sure what exactly is meant.
So how can I correct this problem(s) ??? and have update manager happy again ?