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Wacom Tablet Set Up

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This page is for general tablet issues & tips as well as model specific issues & tips.

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Bamboo Pen & Touch

In October of 2009 Wacom released a new series of 5 tablets we'll call generically the Bamboo Pen & Touch's. The Bamboo Pen had a stylus (with no eraser), the Bamboo Touch had 2FG touch only, and the Bamboo Pen & Touch's came with a stylus/eraser and touch(2FG)/pad(4 tablet buttons). This was followed in October of 2010 by the release of 5 new Bamboo Pen & Touch's with two of them being "Special Editions" with 4FGT.

To determine your product ID enter in a terminal 'lsusb' and look in the Wacom line. The first 5 models are the 0xD0, 0xD1, 0xD2, 0xD3, & 0xD4. The new models are the 0xD6, 0xD7, 0xD8, 0xDA, & 0xDB. See Device IDs.

Set Up

Depending on your distribution's kernel the 5 original models may not be recognized because the default wacom.ko with the kernel may not have the models in it. If your distribution has not backported support and has no plans to you can use the linuxwacom-0.8.8-10's wacom.ko as it does have the models in it. See Linuxwacom. The wacom.ko will be created after the ./configure line, no need for the 'make && sudo make install' line. Just copy it into place.

sudo cp ./src/2.6.30/wacom.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/wacom.ko

Rebuild all of the module dependencies before rebooting with.

depmod -a

The newer 5 models can either be manually added to linuxwacom's wacom_wac.c in the source code before compiling or you could use input-wacom-0.10.10-1, which already has the models added.

To get a X driver for all 10 models you can clone the xf86-input-wacom git repository. All 10 models have been added to xf86-input-wacom-0.10.10+ as of January 21, 2011.

BambooPT Touch Toggle Script

Turning touch off can be convenient when working in a graphics program, so you don't have to worry about accidentally issuing a command, or worse, drawing a line if you incidentally touch the tablet when not holding the stylus. Besides it duplicates the function and button assignment in Windows so you can have the same feature set available.

The following script depends on the xsetwacom get and set commands. The get command determines whether touch is on or off while the two set commands turn touch on or off. The "device name" for touch is found by using 'xinput list' as mentioned in the script comments.

#!/bin/bash

## Get the "Device name" or ID number
## for touch from 'xinput list'.

TOUCH_STATE=`xsetwacom get "Wacom BambooFun 2FG 4x5 Finger touch" touch`
if [ "$TOUCH_STATE" == "on" ]
  then
    echo "Touch is ON, turning OFF."
    xsetwacom set "Wacom BambooFun 2FG 4x5 Finger touch" touch off
  else
    echo "Touch is OFF, turning ON."
    xsetwacom set "Wacom BambooFun 2FG 4x5 Finger touch" touch on
fi

Place the script in a file called .toggle-touch.sh (or whatever you want) and place it in your home directory. Remember it will be a hidden file because of the . in front. Also please remember you have to chmod it to make it executable, or right click on it and make it executable through Properties. Then you have to make a key binding for it in order to assign it to a tablet button. One way to do that is to install the CompizConfig Settings Manager (if you haven't already).

  • click on the General option
  • click on Commands
  • in Command line 0 (or whatever line you want) add the path to .toggle-touch.sh, e.g.: /home/yourusername/.toggle-touch.sh
  • click on Key Bindings and then to edit the corresponding Run command 0 click on the Disabled button.
  • next use a key combination not already in use, e.g. <Control>t, by pressing the Grab key combination button and pressing the key combination. The ctrl-t combination is the one in the sample xsetwacom script bound to Button1. You can also just press ctrl-t. If you use 'ctrl t' to add a new Tab to Firefox change the touch toggle key combination to say "key ctrl shift t".
  • assign it to a tablet button
xsetwacom set "Wacom BambooFun 2FG 4x5 Finger touch" Button1 "key ctrl t"  # toggle touch script
  • you're done


Tip If you are using a xorg.conf the symlink for the Bamboo P&T pad is wacom-touch not wacom.

Tip No one has yet reported trying a stylus with an eraser on the Bamboo Pen that I'm aware of. If anyone has and the eraser works please notify us at linuxwacom-discuss.

Intuos4

Intuos4 Wireless

Unfortunately the Intuos 4 Wireless is not currently supported by the Bluez stack. It is not simply a matter of adding the Vendor ID 0x56a and Product ID 0xBD alongside the Graphire Bluetooth Wireless' 0x56a & 0x81. This is because the Graphire Bluetooth Wireless is a Protocol 4 device (tool serial numbers are not reported) while the Intuos 4 Wireless is Protocol 5 (serial numbers reported). So code for Protocol 5 support needs to be added to the Bluez stack. In the meantime you will need to use your usb "charging" cable for your tablet to work in linux.

OLED's

Content Pending.


Calibration of Your Tablet

See the Calibration HOWTO.

Dual and Multi-Monitor Set Up

See Dual and Multi-Monitor Set Up.

Graphical Configuration GUI

Work is proceeding on a replacement for wacomcpl. See Graphical Configuration Tools.

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