yes, it is SetPoint, which is relatively simple to understand and configure.
i checked those settings and at first they were set to just Generic Button ... i changed things up a bit for them to be Generic Button 4 and Generic Button 5 (respectively) and that did not work either.
i phone Logitech for assistance with configuration settings, but to no avail, they are not assisting me.
i am going to return the mouse and try to find one that (hopefully) works right out of the box.
thanks for the help and quick replies.