Alrighty... I've been beating my head against this problem for about a day. I'm almost willing to give up, but I swallowed my pride and thought I'd better ask for help first.
I'm new to Linux Mint. I've got an MSI Wind U100, with one of those crappy Sentelic touch pads. The tap clicking drives me crazy, and the only way to disable it appears to be through installing Sentelic's driver. This procedure amounts to manually patching the psmouse kernel driver. The process can be detailed on this thread, mostly on page 3: http://forums.msiwind.net/default-msiwind/sentelic-linux-drivers-released-under-gnu-gpl-t4828.html.
I've successfully done this on Ubuntu, prior to installing Linux Mint. Seeing as Linux Mint is based off Ubuntu, I thought i'd be able to follow relatively the same steps... which didn't work out so well.
Basically, the makefile recommended on that page is meant to build just the psmouse driver, without building the rest of the kernel. Problem is, the makefile references /lib/modules/$(KVERSION)/build, which resolves to /lib/modules/2.6.28-13-generic/build. That directory is empty. I did reinstall the linux-headers-2.6.28-13 package, but it fails to populate that build directory.
I found a partial resolution by installing linux-source-2.6.28, and built a kernel by hand (I've run Gentoo on my desktop for a few years, so I'm used to compiling kernels. Not an expert, though, obviously). Problem is, this kernel reports its version as 126.96.36.199... and since the versions are different, I can't simply copy the patch psmouse driver over to the 2.6.28-13-generic kernel.
Honestly, the 188.8.131.52 kernel does function normally, excepting an error on boot stating that my root partition cannot be mounted due to extra somethings... the root partition does mount, but it causes the splash screen to bail. What's bothering me is that I should be able to patch the psmouse driver and use the 2.6.28-13-generic kernel... and I'm stubborn
Anyone have any advice or insight to offer?