i rebooted and tried again, failure, but then i did "dmesg | grep fglrx" to see what would come up:
dmesg | grep fglrx
[ 17.710745] [fglrx] Maximum main memory to use for locked dma buffers: 2622 MBytes.
[ 17.710815] [fglrx] vendor: 1002 device: 9613 count: 1
[ 17.711453] [fglrx] ioport: bar 1, base 0x9000, size: 0x100
[ 17.712603] [fglrx] PAT is enabled successfully!
[ 17.712651] [fglrx] module loaded - fglrx 8.53.4 [Sep 8 2008] with 1 minors
i tried "sudo modprobe radeon" just before i grepped dmesg, and it spit out this error:
which is why I did "dmesg | grep fglrx".
WARNING: Error inserting drm (/lib/modules/2.6.27-6-generic/kernel/drivers/gpu/drm/drm.ko): Cannot allocate memory
FATAL: Error inserting radeon (/lib/modules/2.6.27-6-generic/kernel/drivers/gpu/drm/radeon/radeon.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)
I'm starting to think a fresh install sounds nice...