Just all the sudden compiz failed and I couldn't get it to relauch so I rebooted the system. Ever since, after the Ubuntu login screen (with 5 round circles in the middle. It just goes to the next screen which is black with various tasks displaying [OK] at the end and freezes. I've switched over to a terminal session and removed fglrx and reinstalled xorg-default drivers. This didn't help because I had a suspicion it was an issue with X. Not sure where else to go but a reinstall. Any one have any ideas to try or to get further where the boot is failing.
Of note, when I reinstalled to the open source drivers, I got a screen saying hardware not detected properly and I hit ok to continue for one session. Then froze at the same screen again so appeared not to be to open source or proprietary drivers.
Link to screenshot after startx is run: https://www.dropbox.com/s/udo7xxfpkg79w0h/2012-07-19%2012.41.11.jpg