I got it working perfectly.. I didn't realize that there was a 'synaptic' package.. so I did 'pacman -S synaptics' and it installed the touchpad driver and.. as part of the installation, gave me the chunk of code to stick into xorg.conf... i added that block to an 'X -configure' generated config file.. and it works like a charm... even the scrollbar!! woot!
So.. I was going through all that trouble.. without realizing it was much easier..
Arch is definitely a top-notch distro... and it's not even to version 1.0 yet... With it's i686 optimization and excellent binary packages.. as well as ABS system for compiling from source.. I expect it to blow up like Gentoo did.. or at least I hope so because it's very good