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Old 03-23-2009, 10:08 PM   #1
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Wacom serial tablet in Windows XP VirtualBox guest

I've trying to get my Wacom serial tablet on my Thinkpad x61 to work on Windows XP under VirtualBox for some time now.

Using this post, I was able to install a COM port under Windows. It's shown as COM3, since I'm using and IRQ of 5 and an I/O Port of 0x200.

When I run VirtualBox, it seems to see the port:

Gwendolyn:/home/corey# lsof /dev/ttyS0
Xorg      9306  root   11u   CHR   4,64      1514 /dev/ttyS0
VirtualBo 9608 corey   37u   CHR   4,64      1514 /dev/ttyS0
That line beginning with VirtualBox doesn't show up when VirtualBox is off. I took out the relevant lines in my xorg.conf in case the Linux host and Windows can't use the serial device simultaneously, so now Xorg doesn't show up when I run lsof.

Like I said, I've gotten the COM3 port to show up in Windows' Device Manager. But there's nothing that indicates that there's something (my tablet) connected to the COM port. I installed the tablet drivers from Wacom's website, but the program doesn't recognize any devices.


EDIT: I'm running Debian testing on 2.6.26-1-amd64

Last edited by cspos; 03-23-2009 at 10:09 PM. Reason: OS details
Old 03-23-2009, 11:25 PM   #2
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please look into the xp help pages because I have know use for xp or any none free software. somebody else want to take an XP question.
EDIT: I'm running Debian testing on 2.6.26-1-amd64
in vm on xp so you need some one that knows windows to help this thing. to run vm from a linux environment can be different.
just install the Os in a different partition and do it right.

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Old 03-24-2009, 08:08 AM   #3
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I take that to mean that VirtualBox can send the serial port to Windows and that Windows doesn't have it configured correctly?
Old 03-24-2009, 09:29 AM   #4
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I changed VirtualBox's settings so that it sets its own IRQ and I/O by selecting COM1 instead of defining a custom one. Now when I run lsof /dev/ttyS0, no entry for xorg appears, even though I've loaded the pen in my xorg.conf. When I run VirtualBox, I loose control of the pen in X and lsof shows that VirtualBox is using the port. Under Windows in the Device Manager, I now see COM1 instead of COM3. COM1 shows up without a problem.

After installing the Wacom drivers, the Device Manager also shows a Virtual Keyboard Driver and a Wacom Virtual Hid Driver under Human Interface Devices. Neither one can start, giving me the error, "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)."

The Windows help file tells me to read the manufacturers documentation, and Wacom's help file says to double click on the driver install file...


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