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While upgrading to 11.10 from 11.04, because of powercut, the system got switched off abruptly(due to no back-up battery) and the upgrade got aborted in the midway.

Next time when I connected to internet, I found that I'm still in 11.04 and I'm unable to find upgrade to 11.10 and also now when I try to check for updates, I'm getting a pop-up saying "No Internet Connection". But I'm connected to internet and surfing as usual. Any help?

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I recommend that you repair your installation from a live CD or USB. Here's how:

  1. Boot the live CD/USB.
  2. Make sure you have an Internet connection in the live environment.
  3. Set up a chroot environment. This means that you'll be in your system and able to make changes, but running within a working environment.

    • Open up a terminal window.
    • Mount your main partition. If you don't know its name, you can use GParted to find it. I'm assuming here that it's dev/sda1, but make sure you use the correct one!

      sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
      
    • Bind mount some other necessary stuff:

      for i in /sys /proc /dev /run; do sudo mount --bind "$i" "/mnt$i"; done
      
    • Everything's set up. Now chroot in. When completed, you'll be in your install as root.

      sudo chroot /mnt
      
  4. Try to repair your install. If the first command fails, follow any instructions you're given. Failing that, try the second command.

    apt-get install
    aptitude install
    
  5. If you still have problems, please edit your questions with the results of your efforts.
  6. If things finished without errors, you should be good to go.

    exit  # leave the chroot environment
    sudo reboot
    
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Thanks for your reply. Should I try this with regular version or alternate version of ubuntu 11.10? –  Rahul Dec 19 '11 at 6:41
    
@Rahul: You need to use a live CD or a live DVD. Last I knew, the alternate version wasn't a live CD. But if it is now, you can use it. I know for sure that the regular version works. –  Scott Severance Dec 19 '11 at 8:12
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