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  1. #1
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    Wacom Tablet on Fedora 10 Mini-HowTo

    What a mess! It took a while... but I was able to get my girlfriends Wacom Graphire4 6x8 USB tablet working with Fedora. The following steps worked for me.


    Use YUM to install:

    linuxwacom.i386 - Wacom Drivers from Linux Wacom Project
    linuxwacom-devel.i386 - linuxwacom developmental libraries and header files
    wdaemon.i386 - Hotplug helper for Wacom X.org driver


    Remove the Wacom from the “evdev” system.

    From: F10 on Thinkpad X61 Tablet
    http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=205308

    What happens in the default F10 configuration, is that the evdev system "grabs" the tablet. This prevents any other driver (like the configuration lines you have added to xorg.conf) to access it.

    You can try to have the evdev system ignore your tablet. You do this as follows:
    Remove the wacom hal descriptor (make a backup somewhere outside of the /usr/share/hal tree if you wish):

    /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/20thirdparty/10-linuxwacom.fdi

    Restart hal
    Code:
    service haldaemon restart
    Unplug the tablet USB and then plug it back in to release the HAL.


    Create /etc/wdaemon.conf:

    From: Wacom HOWTO
    http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=160969

    a) Run $ wdaemon -w and find the model IDs for all your tablets.
    b) As root, create a file /etc/wdaemon.conf

    Add the following line for every tablet device you have:
    Code:
    device = N,/dev/input/wacom-tablets/mytablet
    where N is the tablet model ID (as found from running wdaemon -w), and /dev/input/wacom-tablets/mytablet is the tablet's symbolic link to that particular tablet model.
    Note: you can't map two different tablet models to the same entry, even if you don't connect them both at once.


    Configure the wdaemon service.

    Code:
    [root@localhost ~]# chkconfig --list | grep wdaemon
    wdaemon        	0:off	1:off	2:off	3:on	4:on	5:on	6:off
    [root@localhost ~]# chkconfig --levels 345 wdaemon on
    [root@localhost ~]# service wdaemon restart
    You may get an error message saying that the device is already in use. You may need to reboot and/or unplug the USB device if HAL still has control of the device.

    You should see a couple of new directories in "/dev/input/" if the wdaemon is working correctly. The directories "/dev/input/uinput-devices/" and "/dev/input/uinput/" must be present to progress to the next step.


    Create an xorg.conf file:

    Fedora 10 doesn't have an xorg.conf file by default. You will need to create one.

    Code:
    Xorg -configure :1
    The file will be created in your local directory. Copy or move the file to /etc/X1/xorg.conf.

    Add the following lines to the xorg.conf file:

    Code:
    ############################################################################# 
    ## Wacom Tablet 
    ############################################################################# 
    Section "InputDevice"
         Driver        "wacom" 
         Identifier    "stylus" 
         Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/uinput-devices/uinput-wacom-graphire4-6x8-tablet" #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Type"          "stylus" 
         Option        "USB"           "on"                    #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Tilt"          "on" 
         Option        "PressCurve"    "0,0,100,100" 
         Option        "Mode"          "Absolute" 
         Option        "Speed"         "1.5"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice" 
         Driver        "wacom" 
         Identifier    "eraser" 
         Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/uinput-devices/uinput-wacom-graphire4-6x8-tablet" #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Type"          "eraser" 
         Option        "USB"           "on"                    #USB ONLY 
         Option        "PressCurve"    "0,0,100,100" 
         Option        "Mode"          "Absolute" 
         Option        "Speed"         "1.5" 
    EndSection 
    
    Section "InputDevice" 
         Driver        "wacom" 
         Identifier    "cursor" 
         Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/uinput-devices/uinput-wacom-graphire4-6x8-tablet" #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Type"          "cursor" 
         Option        "Mode"          "relative" 
         Option        "USB"           "on"                    #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Speed"         "1.5" 
    EndSection 
    
    Section "InputDevice" 
         Driver        "wacom" 
         Identifier    "pad" 
         Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/uinput-devices/uinput-wacom-graphire4-6x8-tablet" #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Type"          "pad" 
         Option        "USB"           "on"                    #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Button1"       "6" 
         Option        "Button2"       "7" 
         Option        "Button3"       "4" 
         Option        "Button4"       "5"
    EndSection 
    ############################################################################# 
    
    Section "ServerLayout" 
    
    ## Wacom Tablet Devices 
         InputDevice    "pad"                           # For Intuos3/Cintiq 21UX/Graphire/Bamboo tablets 
         InputDevice    "stylus"    "SendCoreEvents" 
         InputDevice    "eraser"    "SendCoreEvents" 
         InputDevice    "cursor"    "SendCoreEvents"    # For non-LCD tablets only
    
    #############################################################################

    Reboot to pick up all changes.

    The mouse on the tablet should be working after the reboot.


    Configure Gimp for the new devices.

    Start Gimp.
    Edit -> Preferences

    Select “Input Devices”
    Select “Configure Extended Input Devices”

    pad -> Mode: Screen
    stylus -> Mode: Screen
    eraser -> Mode: Screen
    cursor -> Mode: Screen
    uinput: Wacom Graphire3 6x8 -> Mode: Screen
    Wacom Graphire3 6x8 -> Mode: Screen

    Make sure to save. Exit and restart Gimp.

    Your Graphire tablet should be working with the Gimp.

    Good Luck,
    Steve D...

  2. #2
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    first off, thanks for this post.

    I have a bamboo1 and i've followed both your and the fedora 8 guides to installing my tablet. Not to mention the detailed how-to ate the linux wacom project. I ended up confused because my tablet just ended up not working at all. it's still recognized as a HID touchpad and it used to guive me touchpad like functions. This is to say the thing worked but i guess i should be able to take some more out of it. my graphics card was also working out of the box, yet i knew there was more to it than a 1024x768 resolution.

    point in question. the xorg.config file never keeps the changes i add after reboot and i believe this might be the problem. most documentation i've read claims that anaconda will recognize the tablet's hid as a USB mouse/touchpad and overwrite xorg.config accordingly. they sugest i make anaconda ignore it during boot but i don't know how.

    can you (or anyone else) help me out with this? thanks.

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    Cool thanx a lot guy I've the same tablet and I was lookin on how to install it. Thanx a lot for the howto

    Fedora
    Last edited by darkshadow; 10th March 2009 at 12:33 PM.

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    Thank you for the post.
    I got as far changing the xorg.conf file and rebooted. with the xorg.conf looking like below but it hangs and will not start the graphical mode.
    Can someone please help?

    Code:
    # Xorg configuration created by system-config-display
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
    	Identifier     "single head configuration"
    	Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    	InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    ############################################################################# 
    ## Wacom Tablet Devices 
         InputDevice    "pad"                           # For Intuos3/Cintiq 21UX/Graphire/Bamboo tablets 
         InputDevice    "stylus"    "SendCoreEvents" 
         InputDevice    "eraser"    "SendCoreEvents" 
         InputDevice    "cursor"    "SendCoreEvents"    # For non-LCD tablets only
    
    #############################################################################
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
    # keyboard added by rhpxl
    	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
    	Driver      "kbd"
    	Option	    "XkbModel" "pc105+inet"
    	Option	    "XkbLayout" "us"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier  "Videocard0"
    	Driver      "nv"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    	Identifier "Screen0"
    	Device     "Videocard0"
    	DefaultDepth     24
    	SubSection "Display"
    		Viewport   0 0
    		Depth     24
    		Modes    "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "720x400" "640x480" "640x400" "640x350"
    	EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    ############################################################################# 
    ## Wacom Tablet 
    ############################################################################# 
    Section "InputDevice"
         Driver        "wacom" 
         Identifier    "stylus" 
         Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/uinput-devices/uinput-wacom-bamboofun-4x5-tablet
    " #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Type"          "stylus" 
         Option        "USB"           "on"                    #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Tilt"          "on" 
         Option        "PressCurve"    "0,0,100,100" 
         Option        "Mode"          "Absolute" 
         Option        "Speed"         "1.5"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice" 
         Driver        "wacom" 
         Identifier    "eraser" 
         Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/uinput-devices/uinput-wacom-bamboofun-4x5-tablet" #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Type"          "eraser" 
         Option        "USB"           "on"                    #USB ONLY 
         Option        "PressCurve"    "0,0,100,100" 
         Option        "Mode"          "Absolute" 
         Option        "Speed"         "1.5" 
    EndSection 
    
    Section "InputDevice" 
         Driver        "wacom" 
         Identifier    "cursor" 
         Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/uinput-devices/uinput-wacom-bamboofun-4x5-tablet" #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Type"          "cursor" 
         Option        "Mode"          "relative" 
         Option        "USB"           "on"                    #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Speed"         "1.5" 
    EndSection 
    
    Section "InputDevice" 
         Driver        "wacom" 
         Identifier    "pad" 
         Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/uinput-devices/uinput-wacom-bamboofun-4x5-tablet" #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Type"          "pad" 
         Option        "USB"           "on"                    #USB ONLY 
         Option        "Button1"       "6" 
         Option        "Button2"       "7" 
         Option        "Button3"       "4" 
         Option        "Button4"       "5"
    EndSection 
    #############################################################################
    I am running Fedora 10 and trying to use the BamBooFun Small Active Area 5.8"W x 3.7"D.
    When I get to the text screen with a cursor, I can use the Stylus and mouse and keyboard and when I unplug the USB of the Bamboo it recognizes that it's unplugged and plug it back in it pops up with a bunch of details recognizing it but i can't seem get past this black text screen.
    ---------------------------------------------------
    solution: my wdaemon.conf was wrong and extra newline characters in xorg.conf file before the closing quote " #USB ONLY really killed it, my bad!
    Last edited by Fedorookie; 10th March 2009 at 03:37 AM. Reason: Solved it!

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