first, i would install the Enhanced G-Mail plugin, it's a nifty thing. Second, I used to be running 188.8.131.525 and all my emails would go to both my "Messages" and "Gmail" inbox, which is annoying, so i upgraded to 184.108.40.2063 (dl link is a sticky at the top of 9700 forums) and a new option is unlocked-you can choose what gets sent to your message folder. I unchecked "GMail" and now my email only goes to the "Gmail" inbox, which is what i wanted. I only get the asterisk notification on my "GMail" inbox as well. To me this seems like it would solve your problem. Let us know how it goes!