Install Wacom Bamboo Tablet (Streamlined Tutorial)

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Install Wacom Bamboo Tablet (Streamlined Tutorial)

Postby jordan on Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:37 am

1. Plug in the Bamboo tablet to your p.c.

2. Download this file to your Desktop: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/linu ... -3.tar.bz2

3. Go to the Package Manager. Install these two packages: build-essentials and xorg-dev.

4. Open up Terminal. Change your directory to the Desktop. When you are there, type in these commands:

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bunzip2 linuxwacom-0.8.0-3.tar.bz2
tar xvf linuxwacom-0.8.0-3.tar
cd linuxwacom-0.8.0-3
./configure --enable-wacom
make
gksudo make install
gksudo cp src/2.6.22/wacom.ko /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/wacom.ko


5. Write this path down! /etc/X11/xorg.conf *See comment below.

6. Type these commands in Terminal:
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gksudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf-mybackup
gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf


7. The three sections that follow must replace their corresponding sections in the xorg.conf file. You can identify how the below sections correspond with the section in the xorg.conf file by matching the terms I have placed in bold:

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "wacom"
Identifier "stylus"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
Option "Type" "stylus"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "wacom"
Identifier "eraser"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
Option "Type" "eraser"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "wacom"
Identifier "cursor"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
Option "Type" "cursor"
EndSection

8. The very last section xorg.conf file is the Server Layout Section. Uncomment the three lines of code that are commented by removing the # symbol from the front of that line.

9. Type these commands in Terminal:

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gksudo rmmod wacom
gksudo modprobe wacom
grep -i wacom /var/log/messages | tail
gksudo gedit /etc/modules


10. gedit should have opened the modules file. On a new line in the modules file, add this word: wacom. Save the file.

11. Check to see if your wacom stylus moves the mouse. Mine couldn't tell the sytlus was near the tablet without touching it until restart. Also, Touchpad settings didn't appear under Daryna->Preferences->Mouse until I rebooted.



* If on restart you freeze up you may have made a mistake in the xorg.conf file. Follow these steps to recover that file. Write them down to save yourself a possible headache.
1. Boot the computer in safe mode. (Choose safe graphics mode at boot menu instead of generic.)
2. You will be provided a command prompt. Type in this command:
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cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf-mybackup /etc/X11/xorg.conf

3. Restart computer, (not in safe mode).
4. Repeat the installation procedure.


If there is something I have missed, need to point out, or need to correct, let me know so I can make changes.
Last edited by jordan on Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:15 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Install Wacom Bamboo Tablet (Streamlined Tutorial)

Postby Husse on Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:58 am

Well - I don't think it can handle my handwriting :)
And please use gksu(do) or kdesu for a GUI application - there is a small chance using sudo destroys your log in - it's possible to solve though
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Re: Install Wacom Bamboo Tablet (Streamlined Tutorial)

Postby jordan on Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:16 am

Husse wrote:Well - I don't think it can handle my handwriting :)
And please use gksu(do) or kdesu for a GUI application - there is a small chance using sudo destroys your log in - it's possible to solve though


I'm glad it didn't destroy my log in. I've updated things. Thanks for the heads up.

As far as challenging handwriting goes, it may be possible to configure the Wacom tablet to handle most situations. I intend to delve into this and write a basic configuration tutorial for Mint users.

But handwriting is only one use for this. Maneuvering through the gui is a breeze with a stylus and a bamboo pad. You don't even have to touch the pad to move the mouse. It gives you more leverage. A mouse forces you to a 2D plane of movement. The stylus is more ergonomic in the sense that it allows you the third dimension while moving the mouse.
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Re: Install Wacom Bamboo Tablet (Streamlined Tutorial)

Postby akaNed on Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:45 am

I just got a bamboo fun, and followed this HOW_TO http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p= ... ostcount=1 in the Ubuntu forums, and was up and running in less than 30 minutes. I've never used a tablet before, but it seems to work great in Gimp.
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Re: Install Wacom Bamboo Tablet (Streamlined Tutorial)

Postby Kirth on Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:46 pm

Any chance this would work for the Wacom Volito 2 pentablet? I'd love to see my tablet working on Linux Mint aswell. As drawing is one of the reasons I'm forced to use Windhoos at times.
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Re: Install Wacom Bamboo Tablet (Streamlined Tutorial)

Postby jordan on Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:39 pm

Kirth wrote:Any chance this would work for the Wacom Volito 2 pentablet? I'd love to see my tablet working on Linux Mint aswell. As drawing is one of the reasons I'm forced to use Windhoos at times.


Don't see why it wouldn't. It take about ten minutes. Couldn't hurt to try. If you do, let us know how it work out.
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