Inisprion 5100 Touchpad problems

To make a long story short, this will be be my fourth re-install/format for open suse 11 so aside from all the partition problems i had to reslove this install was working perfect until i left my computer alone for a couple hours, when i came back and woke it up from standby, the mouse stopped working after i logged in. i think this is a problem isolated to GNOME because my KDE shell has no problems at all. I prefer Gnome so my question is any advice on how to get my touchpad working again? heres the specs

Dell Inisprion 5100
80 GB Seagate 32GB NTFS for XP-MCE
768MB pc2700
Synaptics touchpad

aside from the mouse not working in Gnome there are no other problems and everything works great.

Did you configure it via sax2?

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.0 x86 Kernel
up 2 days 18:14, 1 user, load average: 0.10, 0.44, 0.32
GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 173.14.12

in gnome, uncheck ‘touchpad’ in control panel>sessions and reboot.

Just to clarify, do you prefer using a mouse or the touchpad?

I dont care, but i use the touchpad enough in the car that i would like it to work, kinda challenging to use a mouse in the passenger seat. i tried messing with the YaSt settings under the mouse properties in failsafe mode i couldn’t find that it was being used as a touchpad however once i managed to get a usb mouse to work during a normal boot i discovered two things one that my system dosen’t show the touchpad as a touchpad in failsafe and second the touchpad will work fine until the gnome login comes up…WTH? my guess was suse needed to be updated, however it seems i have already downloaded all the updates. any ideias or suggestions?

to add to the previous reply, usb mouse does not work, mouse and touchpad only works in failsafe mode?