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    Wacom Intuos4 on Ubuntu 9.04

    I know this particular subject has threads everywhere, for everything and I'm having a hell of a time trying to piece together what I need to do in order to get this to work.

    I just recently received my Wacom Medium Intuos4 Pen Tablet with mouse in the mail. I ran the install scripts here:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-wacom wacom-tools
    After that, I plugged in the tablet and restarted my computer. To my dismay the tablet did not respond. The only evidence that my tablet isn't dead is one of the blue LED lights is lit up. The tablet connects via USB to my laptop.

    The only thing I've noticed after running the install is that my NUM pad on my keyboard now moves the mouse instead of actually functioning like... a NUMpad.

    Where do I go from here? It is hard to find well written documentation on this. I know my way around ubuntu... but not that well.

    Thanks,
    Matsuri
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    Re: Wacom Intuos4 on Ubuntu 9.04

    Hi Matsuri,

    First problem you've run into is that the 0.8.2-2 linuxwacom in Jaunty's wacom.ko (usb kernel driver) doesn't work for the Intuos4 because it is relatively new. So you have to compile linuxwacom 0.8.3-2 or up. You don't install it you just copy the newly compiled wacom.ko over the 0.8.2-2 wacom.ko. To do this you can use Section 1 of gali98's in post #104 in the HOW TO here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...038949&page=11 Or animone's version of it in post #129 here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...120029&page=13

    Now your tablet should be recogized. The next problem you run into is that the default Jaunty 10-wacom.fdi doesn't parse the HAL wacom device names correctly into linuxwacom names. So you can't use wacomcpl to calibrate and configure your tablet. To fix this install the modified 10-wacom.fdi located in post #176 here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=967147&page=18

    You should now be able to use wacomcpl. Instructions for that are in Section 3 of the HOW TO here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1038949

    And finally to get your pad working follow ceridwen's instructions (3) in post #95 here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...120029&page=10

    Notice animone and ceridwen are both posting in the Intuos4 thread. There should be other tips there for you if you scan through it.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

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    Re: Wacom Intuos4 on Ubuntu 9.04

    Ok, slowly catching onto this. Now do I run the same apt-get script as before, restart and plug in the tablet? I understand I just copy paste the new code for the wacom.ko file however, I can't find the file.

    My thought process seem sound?
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    Re: Wacom Intuos4 on Ubuntu 9.04

    Hi Matsuri,

    Check Synaptic Package Manager that you have both Jaunty 0.8.2-2 packages installed, xserver-xorg-input-wacom and wacom-tools. You don't need to apt get. Then compile the new wacom.ko. Followthe instructions step by step, copy and paste in the terminal is better than typing. You don't need to find the newly compiled wacom.ko. Use the copy command (cp) in gali98's or animone's HOW TO and it will copy the wacom.ko into the right place.

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    Re: Wacom Intuos4 on Ubuntu 9.04

    OK, worked through everything and the tablet works. I can use the mouse and stylus. Move them about the screen, select menus and everything. WACOMCPL still yields no choices for me to calibrate.
    Last edited by Matsuri; July 18th, 2009 at 07:40 AM.
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    Re: Wacom Intuos4 on Ubuntu 9.04

    Hi Matsuri,

    If you didn't see any error messages you're probably good. Wacomcpl won't work without the new .fdi. To see if the new wacom.ko is in place in a terminal enter:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep [Ww]acom
    and to see what HAL is calling things:
    Code:
    xinput --list
    Sometimes you need to restart a couple of times. Or repeat the copy (cp) command. Also some setups require you add "wacom" to "/etc/modules" as in post #3 here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1038949 and then restart.

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    Re: Wacom Intuos4 on Ubuntu 9.04

    I apparently didn't copy the right stuff for the new file. I fixed it everything is working how it should. Does the WACOMCPL handle the pressure sensitivity?

    Thanks for all the help! Really appreciated the fast responses and the knowledge.
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    Re: Wacom Intuos4 on Ubuntu 9.04

    Hi Matsuri,

    You're welcome. Good deal! Wacomcpl does generate a pressure setting in it's .xinitrc. To get pressure set up in Gimp or Inkscape you need to configure the extended input devices. Once you're set up with everything see near the bottom here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wacom

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    Re: Wacom Intuos4 on Ubuntu 9.04

    Couple more questions. I found the extended devices area for the gimp, the pressure is set to three. Now is that the pressure sensitivity of something of a different nature?

    In the tutorial to get the hot keys working, how do I assign those hot keys to change my tools in the GIMP / Inkscape to say pain brush, or air brush?

    THanks,
    Matsuri
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    if( $hungry ) { eat(); } 
        else { sleep(); }

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    Re: Wacom Intuos4 on Ubuntu 9.04

    Hi Matsuri,

    Sounds like things are basically working. Nice job.

    On the pressure=3 in Gimp, that's a good question. I haven't actually changed that. I change pressure through wacomcpl or directly editing the .xinitrc. By the way it is a hidden file in /home/username/. The LWP's HOW TO has explanations on PressCurve in section 9 and 5.1: http://linuxwacom.sourceforge.net/index.php/howto/main

    Your second question (along with your first) sounds like a good one for the Intuos4 thread or Loic2's Wacom thread (the one the .fdi is on).
    Last edited by Favux; July 18th, 2009 at 05:26 PM.

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