4850 ati driver problem, Debian testing, no adapters found,"XAANoOffscreenPixmaps"
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Your kernel reports that KMS is enabled, and your X server says it isn't. This is *often* a sign that the kernel DRM isn't getting loaded to the last minute, when X starts, and KMS doesn't have enough time to activate. Can you boot into run level 3 (or whatever runlevel Debian uses that has X disabled), log in, run 'modprobe radeon' (as root or with sudo) and then try to start X with 'startx'?
the problem is that everything about fglrx is already uninstalled in aptitude. I made a mistake by installing it from ati installer instead of aptitude.
they didn't provide uninstaller, except some pathetic sh script that didn't seem to work.
(I also had installed fglrx in aptitude, that might have increased the confusion :/ )
anyway, I'll keep trying to remove it completely.
thanks for the help.