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Old 04-05-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
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Question Tablet Wacom Bamboo series

Dear All
I own a Wacom Bamboo tablet... so far I get it to work by looking at the linux wacom project and a little bit of trail and error.


Fedora 8 with kenrel (see uname -a output below)

Linux cylxdv01 #1 SMP Sat Mar 29 09:54:46 EDT 2008 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux


Wacom Bamboo model CTF-430/S a USB connection (see more /proc/bus/usb/devices):-

T: Bus=03 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=01 Cnt=01 Dev#= 2 Spd=1.5 MxCh= 0
D: Ver= 1.10 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS= 8 #Cfgs= 1
P: Vendor=056a ProdID=0069 Rev= 2.00
S: Manufacturer=WACOM
S: Product=CTF-430 V2.0-0
C:* #Ifs= 1 Cfg#= 1 Atr=80 MxPwr= 40mA
I:* If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 1 Cls=03(HID ) Sub=01 Prot=02 Driver=wacom
E: Ad=81(I) Atr=03(Int.) MxPS= 8 Ivl=10ms

for drivers :-

step 1. I downloaded linuxwacom-0.7.9-9.tar.bz2 build it to get wacom.ko
step 2. replace the wacom.ko in /lib/modules/
step 3. cd to prebuilt in the linuxwacom-0.7.9-9 and do a install
step 4. modprobe -v wacom

The tablet works !! but when I restart the machine again I need to do modprobe before the tablet will work.


1. How can I get the tablet to work on startup without doing mobprobe, how can I have the wacom.ko dirver loaded everytime the machine start?
2. Currently my tablet work as a mouse but some thread said I can make the tablet work better... something like get the erase button to work...etc.. How can I do that and please explain to me a little more.
3. Do you think I should add this tablet to the HCL in this forum, so other linux fans will able to benefit from it or shall I get it to work more before I added into it?


Old 04-06-2008, 05:43 AM   #2
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1. Add the line
to /etc/modules.conf (or at least I think that's correct for Fedora)

2. You should probably add some lines to /etc/X11/xorg.conf. I have an Intuos 3 A4 tablet and here is my configuration:

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "stylus"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option         "Type" "stylus"
    Option         "ScreenNo" "0"

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "eraser"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option         "Type" "eraser"
    Option         "ScreenNo" "0"

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "cursor"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option         "Type" "cursor"
    Option         "ScreenNo" "0"

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "pad"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option         "Type" "pad"
    Option         "ScreenNo" "0"


Section "ServerLayout"

    InputDevice    "stylus" "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice    "cursor" "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice    "eraser" "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice    "pad" "SendCoreEvents"

Eraser works fine for me, as do the buttons on the pen. I still haven't gotten the sliders and buttons on the tablet itself to work though.

For more info on how to configure your tablet you should take a look here:

3. You should. As far as I know LinuxWacom project fully supports Bamboo series of Wacom tablets. In any case your experience is valuable no matter how good or bad it works. Though you should probably wait a little so that you have tried *how* well it works before making up an opinion.
Old 04-29-2008, 07:26 PM   #3
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I have a Wacom Bamboo One (CTF-430) tablet and I'm using Ubuntu 7.10 .I've did what You've suggested here, but nothing happens. My tablet is not responding. Amazingly, I don't have such file like /proc/bus/usb/devices. This directory is empty. Should I reset my machine and then do modprobe -v wacom ? I've read somewhere, that I need to have /dev/input/wacom file,but when I type in terminal dir /dev/input/ I have:

by-id event0 event2 event4 event6 event8 js0 mouse0 uinput
by-path event1 event3 event5 event7 event9 mice mouse1

How do You get your tablet working? I mean, what distro You have used, and what packages are neccessary to compile the drivers? If You'll be so kind, I'll be grateful for a step-by-step solution. This is the last place I belive to find help for my problem and get this tablet finally working.
Old 04-07-2009, 07:47 AM   #4
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More idea about Wacom

Just a quick update with my previous post. I am currently using Fedora 10. For my PC, I no longer need to do all the steps above to get the Wacom tablet working, it works straight from the box. What I have to do is during fresh installation of my machine, I must have the tablet plugged into the computer (my tablet uses USB connection) to the machine. The tablet will work straight away, without the need to do anything.

Is there any chance you may be upgrading your Ubuntu installation with the latest release? If you do, try plugging the tablet in during installation. I am quite surprise the tablet doesn’t work straight out of the box for Ubuntu.

Once I have a chance this week I will post more findings – may be this Saturday.



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