Re: error "WAIT: (E, 0, 0x857d, 0)" => X doesn't start
I'm running fine here with an 8600M GT and Gentoo, currently on kernel 2.6.33.
Maybe the driver-version does not fit with the newer kernel? I am using 256.25 now, but 195.36.24 (needs to be keyworded, but is in portage) worked fine for me, too.
Maybe just try that one?