Wow! I can feel your frustration through the screen.
Too many variables. Let's trim some.
First do you have a functioning tablet when you boot in Vista? Everything works fine?
I have seen plenty of posts from folks with TX2500s saying they have full tablet functionality. They followed gali98's tutorial and installed linuxwacom development driver 0.8.1-6 on kernel 2.6.27-7 or 2.6.27-9 or 2.6.27-10. I have yet to see a post saying they have the tablet working on linuxwacom driver 0.8.2. So let's forget it for now, better yet purge it off the system. You still haven't posted your kernel:
You're right, the empty xorg.conf may be, probably is, due to HAL. This despite your disabling it. I suppose it's even possible you have successfully installed the wacom kernel module and not even recognized it because your xorg.conf was not configured. I am attaching the xorg.conf of a TX2500 that has functioning Wacom. Back up your xorg.conf, keep a copy of the downloaded xorg.conf and replace your xorg.conf with it. Let's get this working first.Code:uname -r
This forces us to take a detour re video. I don't know which video driver you are using. ATI's "flgrx" does not support rotation. I worked with a couple TX2500 users to confirm this. You have to use Xorg's "radeon" driver which does support rotation. This xorg.conf is configured for "radeon" (you can see flgrx commented out). Some of the ATI guys say that when they go to System>Administration>Hardware Drivers to deactivate "flgrx" their system (X) crashes. This shouldn't happen, but it does. Be prepared. When you restart hopefully "radeon" will be running.
In summary let's get you set up with a properly configured xorg.conf and video driver before running through the tutorial again.
I know you were desperate to try something new but let's forget linuxwacom 0.8.2 for now. I know gali98 hasn't updated the tutorial since 11-3-08. He's not posted for two or three weeks.