OK, I just tried this again with the very latest release candidate live USB 64 bit versions of PC-BSD and GhostBSD, and no mater how long I wait with either of them my HP optical mouse never comes to life.
I ran 'lsusb' in Linux Mint, and it said my HP optical mouse is actually made by Logitec, Inc. Mine is a wired mouse, not wireless. Or alternately, perhaps Mint installed it as a Logitec mouse, whether it is or not. Regardless, it works just fine with many Linux derivations, and it worked fine with earlier versions of PC-BSD as well.
Last edited by Lsayre; 12-02-2012 at 08:53 PM.