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Setting up a wacom tablet

Posted by YorCongressman 
Setting up a wacom tablet
February 15, 2008 10:32PM
By default eLive does not support wacom tablets properly. It took a little bit of tinkering but I got mine working as I like it. Hopefully this provides you with a starting point.

1 - Open terminal, enter 'su' and then enter the root password. As root enter 'synaptic' to open the synaptic package manager. Search for 'wacom'. I believe 'wacom-tools' is installed already on a clean OS installation. I installed the other two also - I don't think I actually need them, but what the hell.

2 - Go back into terminal as root. Enter 'thunar /' This opens Thunar through the root user, which results in a scary warning at the top of the window. Change directories to /etc/X11/. Find xorg.conf and make a copy in that same directory (so you have a backup in case you mess up something.)

3 - Open xorg.conf in Cream and get ready to paste in some code. It should be pretty clear from the look of it where it goes in the file.

Enter:
Section "InputDevice"
	Driver		"wacom"
	Identifier	"stylus"
	Option		"Device"	"/dev/input/wacom"
	Option		"Type"		"stylus"
	Option		"ForceDevice"	"ISDV4"		# Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
	Driver		"wacom"
	Identifier	"eraser"
	Option		"Device"	"/dev/input/wacom"
	Option		"Type"		"eraser"
	#Option		"Type"		"cursor"
	Option		"ForceDevice"	"ISDV4"		# Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
	Driver		"wacom"
	Identifier	"cursor"
	Option		"Device"	"/dev/input/wacom"
	Option		"Type"		"cursor"
	#Option		"Type"		"eraser"
	Option		"ForceDevice"	"ISDV4"		# Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Then scroll down to the bottom of xorg.conf and in the secton that begins with "Section 'ServerLayout'" paste this at the end of that group:
	InputDevice     "eraser"	"SendCoreEvents"
	InputDevice     "stylus"	"SendCoreEvents"
	InputDevice     "cursor"	"SendCoreEvents"

The order of these three lines is important. Say you run Photoshop 7 in Wine and notice that the eraser is mysteriously acting like the pointer of your stylus and your pointer is mysteriously acting like the eraser. For whatever reason the cause of that is these lines being out of order - 'eraser' needs to be before 'cursor'. This seems to hold true to a number of Debian based distros, so pass the word on to your cousin who runs Ubuntu.

That wasn't too bad, was it? Make sure you save xorg.conf. Close down all your applications, log out and restart. When you log back in your wacom tablet should be working.
Re: Setting up a wacom tablet
May 25, 2010 02:49AM
YorCongressman Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> By default eLive does not support wacom tablets
> properly. It took a little bit of tinkering but I
> got mine working as I like it. Hopefully this
> provides you with a starting point.
>
> 1 - Open terminal, enter 'su' and then enter the
> root password. As root enter 'synaptic' to open
> the synaptic package manager. Search for 'wacom'.
> I believe 'wacom-tools' is installed already on a
> clean OS installation. I installed the other two
> also - I don't think I actually need them, but
> what the hell.
>
> 2 - Go back into terminal as root. Enter 'thunar
> /' This opens Thunar through the root user, which
> results in a scary warning at the top of the
> window. Change directories to /etc/X11/. Find
> xorg.conf and make a copy in that same directory
> (so you have a backup in case you mess up
> something.)
>
> 3 - Open xorg.conf in Cream and get ready to paste
> in some code. It should be pretty clear from the
> look of it where it goes in the file.
>
> Enter:
>
> Section "InputDevice"
> Driver "wacom"
> Identifier "stylus"
> Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
> Option "Type" "stylus"
> Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
> EndSection
>
> Section "InputDevice"
> Driver "wacom"
> Identifier "eraser"
> Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
> Option "Type" "eraser"
> #Option "Type" "cursor"
> Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
> EndSection
>
> Section "InputDevice"
> Driver "wacom"
> Identifier "cursor"
> Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
> Option "Type" "cursor"
> #Option "Type" "eraser"
> Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4" # Tablet PC ONLY
> EndSection
>
> Then scroll down to the bottom of xorg.conf and in
> the secton that begins with "Section
> 'ServerLayout'" paste this at the end of that
> group:
>
> InputDevice "eraser" "SendCoreEvents"
> InputDevice "stylus" "SendCoreEvents"
> InputDevice "cursor" "SendCoreEvents"
>
> The order of these three lines is important. Say
> you run Photoshop 7 in Wine and notice that the
> eraser is mysteriously acting like the pointer of
> your stylus and your pointer is mysteriously
> acting like the eraser. For whatever reason the
> cause of that is these lines being out of order -
> 'eraser' needs to be before 'cursor'. This seems
> to hold true to a number of Debian based distros,
> so pass the word on to your cousin who runs
> Ubuntu.
>
> That wasn't too bad, was it? Make sure you save
> xorg.conf. Close down all your applications, log
> out and restart. When you log back in your wacom
> tablet should be working.


Hi,

I have a problem with your solution,
when i write the instruction the Section 'ServerLayout', at reboot the pc, X broke,
my pc is dell 1318, wacom bamboo pen.

can you help me?

thanks
Re: Setting up a wacom tablet
August 03, 2010 06:46PM
Hi Freeway_floyd,

it is the same on my ACER-COMPUTER, the WACOM-BAMBOO will not work correct.

I think the (YorCongressman) solution is to old and Elive have change the handling with Devices.

In this condition is Elive Topaz 2.0 not good.
No WACOM, NO SOUND, slowly...but the RAM consume is very good.

Greetings,
STRUPPI
Re: Setting up a wacom tablet
August 04, 2010 07:27AM
Hi Freeway_floyd,

I have testet this Instruction:

[forums.debian.net]

but no result, it is the same as before.

Without fundamental correct functions, like LinuxMint 9 (my Standart-Linux) or the DreamLinux 4 Beta 6.3, Elive Topaz 2.0 is bad, realy bad.
The alsa-Sound-Driver is wrong (no Sound) and no Mouse-like-funktion with Wacom-Tablets, this is much for me, to much...

Greetings,

STRUPPI
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