Since I figured out how to get my laptop installed and working without any major glitches I've decided to post the complete instructions. I just reinstalled following the instructions and everything worked so it should be good. I installed on a Toshiba Satellite L25-S1216 but the basic instructions should be good for most laptops (funky hardware aside). Anyway here it is. If anyone tries this and has any sucsess on other laptops let me know.
Use a standard install with nothing special except I use customize package selection to add kyum from kde desktop. I use this for all my package and updateing tasks.
After the install completes turn off (stop) yum-updatesd in System->Administration->Services (this is to keep the updater from interfering with the rest of the install) then turn on NetworkManager and NetworkManagerDispatcher.
Add livna to yum by following the instructions at...
start KYum System->Administration->KYum (sometimes it'll be in a subfolder of System->Administration). Click on List Installed. Select everything that starts with “totem”. For me that was “totem” and “totem-mozplugin”. Click Remove selected. When that finishes install the following packages.
Wait till they have all finished installing before continuing...
Then add the line
Option "SHMConfig" "on"
to the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf in the section that looks as follows
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
add the following line to the begining of /etc/pam.d/gdm
auth optional pam_keyring.so try_first_pass
add the following line to the end of /etc/pam.d/gdm
session optional pam_keyring.so
After that you'll need to reboot. You'll probably see the wireless network device fail, thats normal.
You can now change the touchpad behavior with System->Preferences->More Preferences->Touchpad. Change touchpad behavior to suit needs... I like to turn of tapping...
In System->Administration->Network select each network interface and click edit. De-select the option “Activate device when computer starts”
Next to the clock there will be a network manager icon. By clicking on it you'll be able to select the wireless network you want to connect to. That'll bring up a dialog that will let you enter any security info that it needs. If your network dosn't show up you can select “Connect to other wireless network” and enter the name. This may be necissary if your network dosn't broadcast itself.