Your first post: "my xserver will not connect"
Your second post: "i can only boot back to a gnome login and i cannot use mouse or keyboard"
It seems the thing has been becoming better
You can edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf under console environment, just press "CTRL + ALT + F2". After login into console, first do a backup of your "xorg.conf", then edit this file manually. Just like below:
sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.20081115
sudo vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf