Ive been playing with 3 different xorg.conf files that I have had success with. So I can always recover to a working system. I just can't make it last!
With a Radeon 9600, fglrx runs stable and with hardware acceleration
Nightflier I believe from another post you are using the 8.36.5 driver. The 8.28.8 driver is the last one that supports my 9250 card. Ive even tried patching the fglrx driver with limited success. I also had xorg 7.2 installed at one point. I have never had direct rendering enabled with the fglrx driver because even though I use their installer and correctly configure the xorg.conf it seems to utilize the radeon driver. Either I fix what is going on with the open source driver. Or I find a way to make the proprietary driver work properly.
Should I use the version of 8.28.8 specifically for xorg 6.8?
How about trying the 8.36.5 driver you are using for the Radeon 9600?
Or can I do a fresh install of the open source driver on an upgraded 126.96.36.199 kernel with xorg 7.2?
Maybe I should just try SOHO.