Oops, I have a problem.
I installed printerdrake and all of its dependencies through synaptic. I configured two printers - one connected to another pclos computer and shared and the other a network computer connected by ethernet. Both computers were configured easily and normally and I only tried to print from one of them. It worked fine.
However, upon rebooting I have lost the function of the keyboard and mouse. The icon is blinking in the username field of the bootsplash page, but I can go no further. I will try a console boot and see if anything changes. I do not know what to look for except using a livecd to view the logs.
My system is a PIII 800mhz, with 512mb of ram, 12gb harddrive.
Edit & Update: Yes, something is happening here. I have full mouse and keyboard function up until X is started.
My testing was done as follows: I booted to a console by entering "3" in the kernel options line of grub. At the console, I logged in as user, then as root, and ran "XFdrake" to set the video options. Here the keyboard and mouse worked fine when I clicked on "test" for the video viewing. All was fine up to this point.
I then "exit" as root to become the guest user, ran "startx" at the console and at the bootsplash window, I had no mouse or keyboard function.
I also noticed that upon booting, the HAL daemon and the Avahi daemon "FAILED" to start. Oh, and I did verify the md5sum and ran a media check, which passed, before installing. I did notice that after synaptic ran, there was a "Fail" notice that something (file, folder, or program?) wasn't found. I should have saved it, but I didn't. If someone verifies this, please save this message.
I don't know what else to test/check. I have to leave for a while, work is interfering with my computer time, again. However, I will check back periodically during the day.