I agree - you have a point there - dunno how I missed the obvious - should've taken a detailed log on the events and put some feedback as in a bug report back to debian.org. I guess I still had some fever...or maybe it was a spontaneous act on my behalf ?
The Xorg is a very welcome feature indeed. Will you allow me to test this sarge -> etch on another machine and keep a log on what I do and what happens ? This way I could come up with a usable bug report, should the problem come up again. I'd like to see a fresh etch install and another case upgrading from existing sarge to etch.
When it comes to bug reporting, apparently I didn't have a clue ;)