How do I remove/replace a kernel module?

Dave M G martin at
Fri Oct 28 00:17:36 UTC 2005

(Was: Re: What is the location of my Linux headers?)

On Thu, 2005-10-27 at 18:01 +0200, Reinhard Tartler wrote:
> On 10/27/05, Dave M G <martin at> wrote:
> > dpkg: error processing
> > wacom-kernel-modules-2.6.12-9-386_0.6.6-8ubuntu6_i386.deb (--install):
> >  trying to overwrite
> > `/lib/modules/2.6.12-9-386/kernel/drivers/usb/input/wacom.ko', which is
> > also in package linux-image-2.6.12-9-386
> > Errors were encountered while processing:
> >  wacom-kernel-modules-2.6.12-9-386_0.6.6-8ubuntu6_i386.deb
> >
> > Any idea what I do about this? I have no idea what any of this means.
> This means that the kernel you are running (2.6.12-9-386) is already
> providing the kernel module wacom.ko.
> I'm not sure why you are trying to compile the wacom module yourself.
> Doesn't the prebuilt wacom.ko module work? 

You kind of answered your own question there. The current module isn't
working, otherwise there's no way I'd want to be doing anything like
messing around with kernel modules. I'm an end user, not a developer, so
I don't want to be getting under the hood, I want to be driving.

But, anyway, the current driver isn't doing anything but treating my
wacom tablet as a mouse. This means I can't get it out of "absolute"
mode, which totally sucks. I also can't get the erasor to work,
configure the buttons, make any adjustments to speed or sensitivity or

I have tried editing my xorg.conf file a million ways, but nothing makes
a difference. So I am trying to build the module, which, according to
some web sites, will give me access to configuration utilities which
currently don't exist.

(I had downloaded "wacom-tools" from synaptic package manager, but I can
not for the life of me figure out if they are just drivers, or an actual
utility for configuring the tablet. Information on the web is notably

Dave M G

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