Comment 40 for bug 565543

By the bye, it seems as though the OS never loaded the Synaptics drivers at all. No indication that they're present.

root@tiger:/home/ckr# cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep -i synaptics

As can be seen.

On the GUI, there is no "touchpad tab" available. No touchpad utilities will start or load because the drivers are not present. HAL, or its replacement, simply does not "see" a touchpad.