I was able to successfully install the driver and the touchpad is working. I disabled the tapping. Thanks for the help.
Unfortunately, while the touchpad does work, it does not work well. It is choppy and sometimes goes wild. At least the accidental tap-clicks are gone. I thought I found a solution in Ksynaptics. I found a package at a mirror site. I used Gslapt to install it. I thought I was so clever, having been thoroughly confused about how to "install" stuff in Linux. So, the good news is that I am starting to figure out how to use Gslapt. But the bad news is that the Ksynaptics package does not work. In fact, it disabled the touchpad altogether.
When the Vector GUI sign-on screen comes up, it works. I am able to move the cursor with the touchpad normally. But after KDE starts up the touchpad is dead. So, apparently this version of Ksynaptics is not compatible with VL5.8SOHO.
I found it at http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/vectorlinux.com/veclinux-5.0/packages/
That site is obviously for VL5.0, not VL5.8.
My question is this: Is there a current package for KDE on VL5.8 SOHO that I can use to configure this synaptics touchpad? I searched on keywords "synaptic", "synaptics", "touchpad" and got nothing. Does that mean that VL packages are not available for Ksynaptics anymore?
Is there a Slackware 11.0 package that will work? I'm still shakey with installing stuff but I am willing to learn. Once I get this touchpad thing worked out I think I will have found my way to the best OS, Vector Linux.
Thanks for the help,