Friday, August 22, 2008

Install Wacom Bamboo Tablet (Streamlined Tutorial)

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.

1 comment:

Chandler said...

Can I safely assume this guide could apply to other Wacom pen enabled tablet PCs?