Wacom Tablet

Jonas Norlander jonorland at gmail.com
Sun Feb 21 14:55:56 GMT 2010

On 21 February 2010 15:33, Billie Erin Walsh <bilwalsh at swbell.net> wrote:
> Bruce MacArthur wrote:
>> On Saturday 20 February 2010 10:36:15 pm Billie Erin Walsh wrote:
>>> Billie Erin Walsh wrote:
>>>> Has anyone managed to set up a Wacom Tablet?
>>>> I got a new toy and sure would like to use it on my Linux box. I
>> tried
>>>> following the instructions on the Source Forge pages but there's so
>> much
>>>> information that I don't understand I get confused about what I need
>> to do.
>>> Forgot to mention -
>>> Kubuntu 9.10 fully up to date.
>> Hello, Billie --
>> I recently bought a Wacom Bamboo tablet.  The working area is 6" by
>> 3.75".  The tablet is connected to the computer by a USB cable -- mini
>> (as in telephone-style) at the tablet and standard at the computer.  I
>> connected the thing and it worked right out of the box for me.
>> There are a couple of "cautions" that I should really mention.  The first
>> is that, although it works on things in the system tray, it does NOT
>> work with desktop icons; I really MUST open those with a real rodent.
>> NOT good.
>> The second is that I have NOT even attempted to install any of the
>> software that came with it; my basic purpose was simply to back off from
>> a somewhat hostile "mouse".
>> The third is that I do not do any graphics manipulation, hand-writing,
>> or similar work; as i said, I want to replace the mouse for simple and
>> everyday purposes (for me!).
>> Fourth, I am running Kubuntu Jaunty (9.04), NOT up-to-date.  I also have
>> VirtualBox OSE installed and, under that, WinXP-Pro.  The reason for
>> this is that I have a very powerful Bible study package (with an
>> extensive library of unlocked books) which will NOT be ported to *ix.  I
>> can start VB (it has an icon on the Tray) and launch WinXP with no
>> difficulty.  I have to use the mouse to launch the program from the WinXP
>> desktop -- but everything is controlled via the pen from that time on.
>> I have been informed that this "desktop" issue is known and documented,
>> but I have neither searched for nor found any details.  But I am
>> satisfied, at least for now!
>> I will be happy to help if I can, but I would have to know what problems
>> you are facing -- and what you want to accomplish -- before I could go
>> much further.  And I might have nothing to say, even with that info!
>> Bruce   Mac Arthur
>>      bmacasuru at fastmail.us
> I bought the Pen and Touch model. My main reason was to use it for
> graphics editing/creation.
> According to the documentation Wacom "supports" Linux by supplying
> whatever information for an outside group to create whatever is needed
> to make it work. Supposedly the new kernels have some driver support for
> Wacom tablets built in but for full functionality you have to do some
> rather invasive system manipulation. Something like ten, or so, web
> pages of instruction/information. I've tried to follow the instructions
> but  ................... Lets just say I get confused about what I'm
> supposed to do and what is just information. I am not proficient with
> the command line and what it says is mostly gibberish as far as I'm
> concerned.

You still haven't told us what don't work. I have a Wacom Bamboo and
it works without any configuration when using it as a mouse and almost
everything when working in Gimp.
The System settings module [1] mention previous is good if you want to
configure the buttons on the pad and/or pen.
What are the instructions you trying to follow?

I'm using Kubuntu 9.10.

[1] http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/kcm+tablet?content=114856

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