Well, I am making a little progress. I reinstalled the mesa dri packages. Removed the /etc/ati folder. Then re-enabled the proprietary driver. (I think that's what I did anyway). So now, I am able to get the fglrxinfo to work, BUT I have this AMD Testing use only thing down in the bottom right of my screen. I can't get rid of it! Doing a complete reinstall of the fglrx driver now. At least I am making progress
I think, for a good time, I will back up all my data and rebuild this little monster. It's a dual boot with XP and I never go into xp anymore. Start nice and fresh maybe.
Even with little probs, I still love Ubuntu.
Used apt-get purge xorg-driver-fglrx and reinstalled it. This put back some of the necessary files in the /etc/ati folder.
Edited my xorg.conf file and Enabled composite, then enabled desktop effects under Settings->preferences->appearance
Everything is working now with the closed source driver.
I think some of this issue was due to a canceled install of the most recent fglrx driver from AMD by building my own debs.
I have to turn off compositing when playing games like nexuiz, but that's ok, I don't play that often.