Try and get openSuse loaded as well. The i8042 fix worked for me 100% on PCLinuxOS. Here's me relevant section from menu.lst.

title linux
kernel (hd0,5)/boot/vmlinuz BOOT_IMAGE=linux root=/dev/hda6 acpi=on resume=/dev/hda5 splash=silent vga=788 i8042.nomux=1
Have you tried PCLinuxOS?

Aside from that I can't find any other info regarding your problem.