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Make sure having HAL running because xorg-server uses it for input hotplugging.
Otherwise you won't be able to use your input devices inside X.
Interesting. I have HAL running, updated my hal.conf in /etc's d-bus directory and rebooted, but when I started X there was no keyboard or mouse response. I did a hard reset and checked /var/log/X.org.log and saw messages that said AllowEmptyInput is on, followed by my mouse and keyboard being disabled.
Option "AllowEmptyInput" "off"
to the Section "ServerLayout" of my xorg.conf, and now I have my input devices back.