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    Just bought a wacom tablet, configuration help needed please

    I bought the Wacom Bamboo MTE450K1 (http://www.onhop.ca/Product/1298546?f=Pricegrabber). I have the wacom-tools as well as xserver-xorg-input-wacom packages installed. I am using 64-bit. The digital pen has two buttons on it and they're both right clicks. There are four buttons on the actual tablet, two of which are left and right clicks and the third and fourth have no functionality at all.

    What I want is:

    - To improve the sensitivity of the pen because I have to cover so much surface area in order to move the cursor the slighest bit. Maybe it has to be this way but I would like to know where to go to experiment with this behaviour.

    - To make one of the two buttons on the digital pen itself be a left click because that's what I'd need to be able to write. That, plus, there is no good reason as to why two buttons should have the same functionality on the same device.

    - To assign a functionality to the two other buttons such as erasers and the toggling the typed text feature of xournal on and off.

    I bought this product for school notetaking for the tasks that typing will not suffice such as math work, etc.

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: Just bought a wacom tablet, configuration help needed please

    Hi s3a,

    Should be able to help you get set up. But need to know what version of Ubuntu you are using. It makes a difference.

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    Re: Just bought a wacom tablet, configuration help needed please

    Hi, I'll be honest with you...I am using Debian Lenny lol which is approximately between Ubuntu 8.04 and Ubuntu 8.10 in terms of how new it is. The reason for which I posted here along with the Debian and Linux forums is because Linux Wacom users are rare and I am desperate for help. Please don't avoid helping me because of this (I don't use Ubuntu and I still help out Ubuntu users - well, I use Ubuntu live CDs as well as flash drive installations but not on harddrive).

    deniz@debian:~$ apt-cache search wacom
    wacom-tools - utilities for Wacom tablet devices
    xserver-xorg-input-wacom - X.Org X server -- Wacom input driver
    deniz@debian:~$ apt-cache policy wacom-tools xserver-xorg-input-wacom
    wacom-tools:
    Installed: 0.7.9.3-2
    Candidate: 0.7.9.3-2
    Version table:
    *** 0.7.9.3-2 0
    500 http://ftp.ca.debian.org lenny/main Packages
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    xserver-xorg-input-wacom:
    Installed: 0.7.9.3-2
    Candidate: 0.7.9.3-2
    Version table:
    *** 0.7.9.3-2 0
    500 http://ftp.ca.debian.org lenny/main Packages
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    deniz@debian:~$


    My wacom bamboo tablet works just not the way I'd like it to! I want to configure buttons to have different functionalities and I'd like to change the sensitivity. I'm having difficulty writing with it even when I (temporarily) change the function of the button in xournal (not the tablet's own configuration) near my index for it to be a left click so that I can write. Could this be because my tablet is "behaving like a mouse" like I think I read on one of the millions of pages I've found using google? Or do I just need to adjust sensitivity?

    Please help!
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    Re: Just bought a wacom tablet, configuration help needed please

    Hi s3a,

    Ok, from what you are saying you are using xorg.conf. Sounds like that's set up fine. I can take a look at it if you want.

    Your linuxwacom drivers are old, with 0.7.9.3 usb support had just been introduced. I don't know if Debian Lenny will take a Ubuntu "deb" but consider going to Loic2's Wacom wiki and downloading the 0.8.1-6 deb.s there for your architecture: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wacom They're near the top in the Intrepid section.

    It sounds like you may not have calibrated and configured the tablet using "wacomcpl". If so see more on using it in Section 3 here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1038949

    Gemnoc in post #7 here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1098822 shows one way to set up the pad. Actually you could probably add those lines to your .xinitrc (the hidden file in /home/username/ that wacomcpl generates) if you wanted to.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Just bought a wacom tablet, configuration help needed please

    I feel sooooo stupid, I spent soooo many hours just trying to make .deb files out of source code of anything which is why I took so long to answer here in a failed attempt to get Debian .debs and not ubuntu ones. Having failed miserably, I went to https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wacom like you suggested and installed the wacom-tools and xserver-xorg-input-wacom of Intrepid. I had to add the --force parameter for the xserver-xorg-input-wacom however I got it installed thanks to that.

    Before installing these Ubuntu .deb files, the wacomcpl command launched absolutely nothing. Now, it launches something however under "Select the Device" no device appears.
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    Re: Just bought a wacom tablet, configuration help needed please

    Hi s3a,

    Alright, sounds like the tablet is active and wacom-tools installed since you are seeing wacomcpl. One thing you need to keep in mind is that the wacom driver (xserver-xorg-input-wacom) version and wacom-tool version have to be the same or things don't work and bad things can happen. The same if there are remnants of a different version still around.

    Are you configuring through a xorg.conf or a wacom.fdi? Either way could I see it?

    This should show you your wacom input devices:
    Code:
    xsetwacom list
    Stylus, eraser, cursor (if you have the Wacom mouse), and pad. If blank (which I expect since no devices in wacomcpl) try:
    Code:
    xinput --list
    to see what's going on.

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    Re: Just bought a wacom tablet, configuration help needed please

    Quote Originally Posted by s3a View Post
    I bought the Wacom Bamboo MTE450K1 (http://www.onhop.ca/Product/1298546?f=Pricegrabber). I have the wacom-tools as well as xserver-xorg-input-wacom packages installed. I am using 64-bit. The digital pen has two buttons on it and they're both right clicks. There are four buttons on the actual tablet, two of which are left and right clicks and the third and fourth have no functionality at all.

    What I want is:

    - To improve the sensitivity of the pen because I have to cover so much surface area in order to move the cursor the slighest bit. Maybe it has to be this way but I would like to know where to go to experiment with this behaviour.

    - To make one of the two buttons on the digital pen itself be a left click because that's what I'd need to be able to write. That, plus, there is no good reason as to why two buttons should have the same functionality on the same device.

    - To assign a functionality to the two other buttons such as erasers and the toggling the typed text feature of xournal on and off.

    I bought this product for school notetaking for the tasks that typing will not suffice such as math work, etc.

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
    Thanks in advance!
    Is that product used for drafting? It is neat.
    Arrakis

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    Re: Just bought a wacom tablet, configuration help needed please

    deniz@debian:~$ xsetwacom list
    deniz@debian:~$ xinput --list
    bash: xinput: command not found
    deniz@debian:~$ su
    Password:
    debian:/home/deniz# xsetwacom list
    debian:/home/deniz# xinput --list
    bash: xinput: command not found
    debian:/home/deniz# exit
    deniz@debian:~$

    e24ohm:
    I think people use it to draw on gimp and stuff with their hands however, I'm planning to use it to take notes at school for the things I cannot type (such as cartesian graphs, etc) or just to do my homework on without wasting/losing paper. I'm planning to get it working with the program called xournal which is also in the Ubuntu repositories.

    Favux:
    Debian Squeeze has the exact same version as Ubuntu .deb files you told me to install (0.8.1.6). Do you think it would make a difference if I went and installed those? I feel it could make a difference but I'm just asking.
    Last edited by s3a; July 10th, 2009 at 09:19 PM.
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    Re: Just bought a wacom tablet, configuration help needed please

    Hi s3a,

    I'd definitely go with native deb.s if you have the choice. Or we could try compiling linuxwacom if we have to.

    Disappointing the x list commands don't work on Debian.

    What kernel do you have? Do you know the Xserver version? Some problem posting xorg.conf or .fdi?

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    Re: Just bought a wacom tablet, configuration help needed please

    deniz@debian:~$ apt-cache policy wacom-tools xserver-xorg-input-wacom
    wacom-tools:
    Installed: 0.8.1.6-1
    Candidate: 0.8.1.6-1
    Version table:
    *** 0.8.1.6-1 0
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    0.7.9.3-2 0
    500 http://ftp.ca.debian.org lenny/main Packages
    xserver-xorg-input-wacom:
    Installed: 0.8.1.6-1
    Candidate: 0.8.1.6-1
    Version table:
    *** 0.8.1.6-1 0
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    0.7.9.3-2 0
    500 http://ftp.ca.debian.org lenny/main Packages
    deniz@debian:~$

    The above packages are from Squeeze. I also tried with Sid's but I've had the same issue which is that "wacomcpl" does absolutely nothing (command not found). However, it did with the Ubuntu .deb files you suggested earlier. This is weird, do you know why the same exact version across a distro is different? Now, I realize that my wacom tablet is acting like a mouse after loading the Ubuntu 9.04 live cd which detected everything out of the box and still isn't perfect but it is much better than my current situation and I did find the "floating sensitivity" like before it touches the tablet to be too sensitive and it made me angry lol. But now I understand how it is supposed to work because I thought I would have to keep a button pressed while I write which is pretty hard.

    I am using the 2.6.29-bpo.2-amd64 kernel because the default Lenny kernel (2.6.26) does not support my built-in wireless internet card. Until the Lenny and a half kernel comes out, this will be the kernel that I'll be using (which I obtained from backports).
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