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I believe the gui version is available from "Configure your computer" (Start --> System --> Configuration --> Configue your computer). There is a "Hardware" button on the left, which open a panel with many things, including "Mouse".
I did this and it got me tantalizingly close to what I wanted. See I have a laptop and I can't stand using the mouse touchpad when it is set to give a click when you tap it. I thought from the mouse config I could change this but no dice. Any ideas for a true noob? or should I just put a piece of duct tape over my mouse pad and learn some telepathy?
thanks masand for your cogent reply. But I am a real newbie. I rebooted into linux when I read what you said but then I couldn't figure out how one runs mousedrake (or runs anything else for that matter) I feel both frustrated and I also feel that I am on the verge of learning something. Can someone illuminate me?
I ran these programs both. One gives a little picture of a mouse and when I push buttons it flashes orange. The other doesn't let me change the option I need to on my mousepad. I just want that it won't click when I push on the screen. Windows had a option that I could click very easily to turn that off. Can I do something similar in Mandrake?
I don't think that's it. When I am in windows with my laptop I go to synaptics (my mousepad) and then settings, and then I can select a little box that says enable tapping. I remember my laptop came with it enabled and it drove me nuts till I figured out how to disable it. Would I have to do this manually through the console? It's ok though if this is too complicated, I have a usb mouse and can use it for most things, and it is a problem that I may need to eventually fix, but I would love to get my internets up and running. thanks for your help so far.