[ubuntu] No Network Access after Upgrade to 12.10

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http://ubuntuforums.org – While upgrading from 12.04 to 12.10 at home on a 3G dongle :) several weeks ago, I was asked to reboot. Upon the reboot, USBs would not mount automatically (including the dongle). Today, I was finally able to bring the box to work but when I tried plugging in the LAN cable it was not recognized. There were about 700+ MB of downloaded updates that needed installed which I did. For some reason the computer does not recognize eth0 or eth1 for that matter (although there is only one LAN port). I am not sure where to begin troubleshooting and the terms that I can think to google do not lead a (Hardware)