OK, SO I installed the synaptics package from the DVD, and copied /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/11-x11-synaptics.fdi to /etc/hal/fdi/policy/ as per other forum posts I found.
I then edited /etc/hal/fdi/policy/11-x11-synaptics.fdi to contain only:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.touchpad">
<merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">synaptics</merge>
<!-- Arbitrary options can be passed to the driver using
the input.x11_options property since xorg-server-1.5. -->
<merge key="input.x11_options.SHMConfig" type="string">true</merge>
<merge key="input.x11_options.MaxTapMove" type="string">2000</merge>
<merge key="input.x11_options.VertEdgeScroll" type="string">true</merge>
I then restarted HAL and X after doing so, however there was no change.
I attempted this after succusfully changing my keyboard layout, so was somewhat familiar with the routine.
From what I can see, I should have tapping and vertical scrolling enabled, but it simply does not work.
I would also like to know how to decrease the sensitivity/speed, as I understand everything is handled by HAL and this would be the place to do it.
Any help appreciated