kaka just 30 minutes fixing my mouse that was working. I did fglrxconfig and went through it and messed up what mouse i had. Then i had to prey and find the keyboard shortcuts to get my mouse back. Which i really didn't do too bad.
I did go through and do a few things from the other forum posts, but still no direct rendering. Obviously i don't know how to recompile my kernel/ get rid of ati driver's and reset all the drivers manually or I would try it.
Basically i just don't understand how unix is.. only becuase i've never used it. I'll get the hang of it.. just going to take some time.
I basically just shouldn't be afraid to try anything.. i can always reformat and go at it again. That's the only way i'll learn.