After a bit of research and trial and error I've gotten the touchpad (really its a clickpad) working correctly. Depending on which forums you search or directions you follow there are a couple of ways to 'fix' the touchpad.
The first is to change the driver from a touchpad to psmouse. This will essentially make the touch act like an older ps/2 mouse. Meaning no native multi-touch support. It will remove the touchpad option from System->Preferences->Mouse. I tried this and did not like it as
I had issues with adjusting the sensitivity and speed of the pad and cursor. Also I love the two-finger scrolling option. I was going to include the links to make the touchpad work
this way but I've lost them and honestly don't feel like finding
them again as I think this is the inferior option. The only upside to using this solution is that you will get a true right click back. Meaning if you click the lower right button it will register and
The better option (in my opinion), is to follow the instructions from this Bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/308191/+index?comments=all . In the interest of saving time I'll make an easy to follow list of instructions below.
Directions to Install:
One of the dependencies for this package is dkms. I prefer to use the terminal and apt-get to manage packages. I've included both methods for compatibility with newer users or those that like the GUI method better.
1) "sudo apt-get install dkms"
Alternate: System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager
Now search for dkms. Mark the package for installation. Now click the check at the top toolbar to apply the changes.
2) "cd ~; cd Downloads; sudo dpkg -i synaptics-dkms_1.1.1_all.deb" - In this step replace Downloads with the location you saved the synaptics package to.for dkms, mark the package for installation and click the check mark in the top toolbar to apply changes.
Alternate: Using file browser find the package you downloaded. Right click on it and choose 'Ubuntu Software Center'. From there you can install the package.
3) Now reboot and enjoy. The touchpad will no longer go haywire when your palm touches it, or more than one touch at time. Furthermore now you can enable the two finger scrolling.
To Enable Two Finger Scrolling
2) Select the touchpad tab
3) Turn on two finger scrolling. The horizontal option will enable you to side scroll with two fingers just like you do vertically.
Another problem solved. It should be noted that with my preferred method the right click will not work. In order to right click with the touchpad you simply tap with two fingers at one time. Similar to a tap to click but with two fingers. Its not a perfect solution but it makes the touchpad usable at least.