I was able to upgrade succesfully to 13.10 via the network. It was an older, experimental install of QQ and I used the terminal method. It did not go all smoothly. Thankfully I had fvwm-crystal DE installed and I was able to go there, use synaptic and complete the upgrade while fixing several borked depends.
I'd rather use SDC and "live" USB ! lol.. It is so much more expedient lol