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Old 01-24-2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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Trust tablet TB-5300 - keys around the working area ("hotkeys")


hi.

i've got tablet Trust TB-5300. with lots of googling i made it work a while ago. it works fine by now, but i have to use mouse for any shooters (game goes crazy if i use tablet). i'm able to use both tablet and mouse at once.

i've got some sort of "hotkeys" around my working area (the area i use to move the mouse). they are used to trigger some commonly used action. unfortunately, i found nothing about this on Internet. i'm still looking.

i need a way to use them. i'd prefer that this would be programmable, so that i can remap word, excel and print to something more useful.

anyone got any hints for me or solution?
 
Old 01-25-2009, 04:04 AM   #2
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The pictures I found of it on the net seem to show that they are "on-screen" buttons, not physical ones, right? Still, if there's no "official" Trust way of setting them up (does it include any kind of configuration program or package, the way my Wacom does?), they can possibly be configured just like the multimedia keys found on keyboards or mice.

The first thing to do is run xev and see if they output any useful keycodes or keysyms. If there are keysyms defined already then you can use them just like any other keyboard keys, and configure hotkey actions with them. If there are only keycodes, then you'll have to use xmodmap first to assign keysyms to them. If you don't get any output, then the buttons can't be used in this way.
 
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these aren't physical keys. look at the attached photo. i'm thinking of something that can capture data from tablet and when position is in certain range trigger some action.

// btw. there were no linux drivers included.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:23 AM   #4
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:30 AM   #5
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They may not be physical keys, but if the device sends specific event signals for them that are detected by the kernel and translated into keycodes, then they can be set up to do something useful. It may not be the same as what the device would do on Windows, but it would be something.

As I said before, open up a console, run "xev", and touch each "button" in turn. If it registers some output, and that output includes "keycode NNN" somewhere in it, then it will be possible to set them up as usable keys. If not, then you'll have to look elsewhere for help.
 
Old 01-26-2009, 10:32 AM   #6
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it's not quite like that. these aren't recognized as keys when i was calibrating the tablet, i was getting the pen's position in the form of one number. the keys' area behaved similarly as any other are on the tablet. i think it would be possible to get the pen's position using some sort of raw data output and when the pen is clicked in the specific area it does an action.
 
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Well, sorry then. If the tablet itself isn't distinguishing the button areas from the rest of the surface, then there's probably no easy way to set them up. I don't doubt it would be possible to do something like you suggest, but that's far beyond my meager ability at scripting. You'd need someone skilled in programming and who understands the x interface. Frankly, I'm surprised they aren't programmed directly into the driver.
 
Old 01-29-2009, 05:00 AM   #8
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yeah, i know it wouldn't be so easy. thanks for trying to help.
anyone could give any more hints?
 
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hey how did you get the tablet to be used by linux? Can you give me a detailed walkthrough if possible - i've been trying to do it for AGES! thanks =D
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:22 PM   #12
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Hi. I don't really remember how I managed to do it. In fact, I only remember websites I used. Here they are:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/TabletSetupWizardpen

http://digitalbluewave.blogspot.com/...epid-ibex.html
As far as I remember, I had to mix solutions from both websites.
These instructions seem to be a bit distro-specific so there is possibility they won't work well. Anyway, try to take a look at these. I wish you a good luck.
 
  


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