Repairing NetworkManager on Linpus (Acer Aspire One ZG5)

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – Boo! I have decided to go against good advice and install some updates to my wife's Aspire One, without checking they'd be properly compatible with Linpus (the host OS)... Suffice to say, eventually I hit a dud, and NetworkManager "has to close". Never to repopen. Now all cabled internet-fuctionality is dead, and I have no local wireless connection to speak of. I started work to fix this epic fail at about five PM, it's now well past one in the AM, and I'm choosing a professional to take this to tomorrow. That is if I can't find a copy of Linpus to burn to d (HowTos)