Re: Restart GDM to get Direct Rendering?
I don't see anything unusual in your bug reports.
How or where are you determining that direct rendering is disabled?
Also, it sounds like you're starting X via two different mechanisms. When you boot, GDM is started, however I'm assuming that GDM isn't running at all if you're running 'startx'. Can you confirm it this is the case, and if so, test whether (re)starting GDM fixes the problem, or if GDM is the problem?