Guess there was more broken in your install then.
How? Scratching my head. It's a fresh install just last week. All I did was update this morning and then installed Wine.
1. Did you read the pre upgrade messages in Synaptic, particularly about any removed packages?
2. Is your graphics card one of those that now use the newest legacy driver?
3. Have you run PCC --> Hardware --> Configure Video Card
to setup the correct nvidia driver, since the last upgrade?
4. Have you shut down your machine, opened it, and checked all of your connections, re seating all add in cards, cable connections at both ends, as well as re seating your RAM modules?
The liveCD working doesn't insure that the hard drive connections are solid, only that the optical drive connections are good. Check them all while you are in there. I just did this last Thursday, before installing another new hard drive.