Mouse Touchpad disabled on boot

Hi -
Im using a thinkpad R61 with a recent fresh install of Suse 11. Its been working fine for about a month but the other day it crashed (as it sometimes does after watching flash movies, seperate issue), and upon reboot the touchpad was disabled. The touchpad works during the boot of the OS, (when the progress bar is showing and the panel is starting up), but as soon as the desktop comes up the touchpad no longer works. I’ve looked in the mouse settings and it is still set to enabled, so I don’t know what to do. Any help would be appreciated.