Figured I'd make one last post on the subject in re: fixing the right-click behavior:
From the synaptics man page:
Got this property from here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...00&postcount=4
Option "SoftButtonAreas" "RBL RBR RBT RBB MBL MBR MBT MBB"
This option is only available on ClickPad devices. Enable soft
button click area support on ClickPad devices. The first four
parameters are the left, right, top, bottom edge of the right
button, respectively, the second four parameters are the left,
right, top, bottom edge of the middle button, respectively. Any
of the values may be given as percentage of the touchpad width
or height, whichever applies. If any edge is set to 0, the but‐
ton is assumed to extend to infinity in the given direction.
Setting all values to 0 disables soft button areas. Property:
"Synaptics Soft Button Areas"
Just the addition of the SoftButtonAreas setting in the post linked above worked for me, but you can change the values according to your particular tastes.
I added the setting in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf
For me, the values are acceptable, so I'm calling the right-click issue solved as well.