I don't know why whereis points there, but it's usually in /etc/X11. As far as your touchpad goes, I'm not competent to give advice on what to do with it. I'm running Bea on both a desktop and a Sony Vaio but I rarely use the touchpad. I did notice that it is very sluggish. Maybe I'll play around with it myself.
OK, edited to add that I tried it and it turns off your ability to emulate mouse buttons by tapping. It doesn't appear to screw up anything else. On my machine, the "tap" function quits but I can still use the touchpad buttons.
Sylvius wrote:Thanks Dennis (trsnrtr),
I wonder why "whereis" pointed elsewhere, but that 's not my main problem now.
I took a look at xorg.conf and made an exact copy and put it in a safe place, then I read the original and read the manual it referred to, and now I'm debating whether or not I should try to enter the appropriate entry that would eliminate the tap -to-click function --which is missing from the xorg.conf under Synaptics.
Is it safe to enter "MaxTapTime" and set it to "0", or will Mint have a hissy fit and never work again? I couldn't bear it not working as great as it does now.