Re: 1.0.8756 crash on x86_64 kernel 2.6.16-gentoo-r3
try a vanilla kernel and do NOT load the vmware modules. Not only 'deactivate' it, make sure, that they are not loaded.
could you please also post your xorg-version?
btw - when I played around with S3 I had to hit reset several times - since then I have >700 defect blocks and the harddisk wants to be replaced. Reset can do a lot of harm....