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This section outlines the Wacom Driver updating steps on a Fedora 9 x86 system. It is mainly here for those who don't want to go through the detailed HOWTO. For specific helps on other platforms/distributors, search the distributor's disscussion forum; search the general discussion list; or google with the key words of "your platform, your distributor, linux, and wacom" will most probably bring you enough information to get started.

First, download the most recent linuxwacom driver package from Downloading the Code page to your home directory and unpack it:

[jej@ayukawa jej]$ bunzip2 linuxwacom-0.9.5.tar.bz2
[jej@ayukawa jej]$ tar xvf linuxwacom-0.9.5.tar

Note, if you have a Serial tablet and Tablet PC, there is no need to update your kernel driver.

Before updating your system with linuxwacom driver, you need to make sure your Fedora 9 is up to date. To do so, issue yum update. You most likely need to reboot your system to use the updated kernel. The following steps are based on kernel 2.6.26.

After updating your kernel, those of you who have installed other customer kernel drivers, such as nVidia graphic card driver, will need to reinstall the drivers again.

[jej@ayukawa jej]$ su
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum remove linuxwacom
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install xorg-x11-server-devel
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install kernel-devel
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install automake
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install gcc
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install libtool
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install libXi
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install libXi-devel.i386
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install ncurses
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install ncurses-devel
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install tcl
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install tcl-devel
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install tk
[root@ayukawa jej]# yum install tk-devel
[root@ayukawa jej]# cd linuxwacom-0.9.5 
[root@ayukawa linuxwacom-0.9.5]# ./configure --enable-wacom
[root@ayukawa linuxwacom-0.9.5]# make
[root@ayukawa linuxwacom-0.9.5]# cp /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/usb/input/wacom.ko wacom.ko_`uname -r`
[root@ayukawa linuxwacom-0.9.5]# cp src/2.6.30/wacom.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet
[root@ayukawa linuxwacom-0.9.5]# make install

Then check if there is a file with the word wacom in its name under /etc/udev/rules.d (refer to Wacom Kernel Driver for detailed information). And make certain that the following lines are in the file:

BUS=="usb", KERNEL=="event*", SYSFS{bInterfaceNumber}=="00", ENV{WACOM_TYPE}="stylus"
BUS=="usb", KERNEL=="event*", SYSFS{bInterfaceNumber}=="01", ENV{WACOM_TYPE}="touch"

BUS=="usb", KERNEL=="event*", SYSFS{idVendor}=="056a", ENV{WACOM_TYPE}!="touch", SYMLINK+="input/wacom"
BUS=="usb", KERNEL=="event*", SYSFS{idVendor}=="056a", ENV{WACOM_TYPE}=="touch", SYMLINK+="input/wacom-touch"

Now, the driver upgrading part is done. You need to update /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to load the driver. Open /etc/X11/xorg.conf with your favorite editor (vi, gedit, emacs...) and add proper lines as stated at Configuring X driver.

To add a fallback layer to the process, open /etc/inittab in an editor and change id:5:initdefault to id:3:initdefault. ONLY change 5 to 3 in the file of that line! This step is for testing purpose only.

Plug your tablet in if you haven't done so. Reboot your system. When the system is up, login as yourself, and issue startx. If everything works, i.e., cursor follows the pen tip on the tablet, etc, you are done. You can change id:3 back to id:5 in your /etc/inittab now.

Otherwise, post your problem to the general discussion mailing list.

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