a funny and quirky thing happened to me as I furthered messed around with this and several other bugs. for example, firefox often froze and I was forced to quit. or I began to have boot up problems where gdm would not load and my pc was doomed to a crash and restart cycle for perpetuity. because of this habit, I tried a fresh install and this time opted for kde. lo and behold, everything seems to be perfect even without further updates or tweaking. no flash issues even on konqueror, no browser crashes and no difficulty booting up. who would have thunk! I'm really not sure what is amiss with gdm. but until it's fixed, I'm happy to report this simple remedy.
elyssa & amd 64