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pjrandall
November 20th, 2010, 12:33 AM
I'm getting a tablet notebook from one of my friends, and I'm planning on installing Ubuntu. The question is, will I be able to use the pen-sensitive screen with Ubuntu? Does it natively support it, or will I need a specific distro or program? Thanks.:p

Favux
November 20th, 2010, 03:54 AM
Hi pjrandall,

It depends a little on who makes the digitizer or touchscreen in the tablet pc but most either work out of the box or only require a little configuration. So to answer your question we need to know who makes the tablet pc and what model is it?

pjrandall
November 20th, 2010, 12:31 PM
OK, I'll get the make and manufacturer as soon as I can :)

pjrandall
November 20th, 2010, 09:36 PM
OK, I called him and it is an HP Compaq TC4200. I actually had him install Ubuntu and it's working great with the pen input!

Favux
November 20th, 2010, 09:56 PM
Hi pjrandall,

Great. :)

The HP Compaq TC4200 has a Wacom digitizer. I believe the internal connection to the digitizer is serial not usb.

The Wacom drivers in Maverick (10.10) work well. You should be set.

pjrandall
November 20th, 2010, 10:13 PM
Hi pjrandall,

Great. :)

The HP Compaq TC4200 has a Wacom digitizer. I believe the internal connection to the digitizer is serial not usb.

The Wacom drivers in Maverick (10.10) work well. You should be set.

Thanks very much! Cheers!:D

pjrandall
November 20th, 2010, 10:35 PM
Really quick question: When I rotate the screen into portrait orientation, will the desktop rotate like it does in WinXP Tablet Edition?

Edit: Would Ubuntu Netbook edition work with the Tablet input? It is a bit old, and I've heard that Netbook ed. is a bit easier on older and smaller comps.

Favux
November 20th, 2010, 10:52 PM
Probably not unless the swivel hinge has a switch that uses ACPI and the old ACPI rotation script is still in there.

If there is a swivel hinge switch and it uses hp-wmi you'd be able to use Magick Rotation. Linked in the Rotation HOW TO (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=6274392&postcount=1). Otherwise you can use one of the scripts there in a launcher or bind one to a key.

You might like a Netbook edition. I haven't ever installed one so I don't know much about them. You might want to go with a standard Ubuntu gnome desktop install and get comfortable before you try it though.

pjrandall
November 20th, 2010, 11:39 PM
Probably not unless the swivel hinge has a switch that uses ACPI and the old ACPI rotation script is still in there.

If there is a swivel hinge switch and it uses hp-wmi you'd be able to use Magick Rotation. Linked in the Rotation HOW TO (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=6274392&postcount=1). Otherwise you can use one of the scripts there in a launcher or bind one to a key.

You might like a Netbook edition. I haven't ever installed one so I don't know much about them. You might want to go with a standard Ubuntu gnome desktop install and get comfortable before you try it though.

Thanks for all the advice, although I already use Ubuntu on my main machine.You've been really helpful. :biggrin:

pjrandall
November 23rd, 2010, 11:57 PM
I tried reinstalling 10.10, and it's loading straight into a GRUB Rescue screen with an message saying
ERROR: out of disk.
GRUB RESCUE: