I have done several re-installs including repartitioning, and reformatting everything. The problem is not evident in 5.8 soho beta1, but it is evident in both Final and rc3. I haven't tried the other release candidates, but something changed between beta1 and final that is causing this problem. Is it possible that the new ATI drivers are the culprit? I have a rage mobility 2x AGP card in my laptop, and none of the ati drivers in the list work, so I just cancel out from that prompt and I get an xorg.conf that seems to function. It seems that the new drivers are for radeon, not rage. This is just an idea. If this is the problem how best to fix it?