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Old 07-10-2005, 06:01 AM   #1
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Wacom tablet in Fedora Core 4

Wacom CTE-430 Tablet
Fedora Core 4
Kernel 2.6.12-1.1390_FC4
Desktop Pentium 3


I'm a newbie to Fedora and Linux in general. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to using Fedora as my primary OS for home us, and my Wacom tablet as my primary pointing device.

I installed Fedora Core 4 two days ago, and used "yum" to upgrade everything as of a couple hours before writing this.

Despite FC4 successfully detecting my tablet on install, it is stuck in "screen" (or "absolute") mode, and there is no interface or anything anywhere to configure it's buttons or anything about it.

I went to the "Linux Wacom Project" home page and followed the instructions there. Almost right away, there were confusions and differences. I will try to list them accurately here so someone who may be able to help me can pinpoint the problem easily.

First, on the "Before We start page" it says I should disconnect my USB Wacom. I did that before booting. Then I should run "lsmod | grep wacom", in super user mode. I do that, but it returns no results at all, unlike what the instructions say it should.

Nonetheless, I press on and use "rmmod wacom evdev", and it says these don't exist, so I'm guessing that might mean my tablet is already not installed in my system.

Next it says to go to "/dev/input" where there should be "114 devices". But in that directory on my machine, I have only 4 devices that I can see. I do have "mouse0 and event0" which is what I'm looking for. Then, as instructed, I type in "xxd mouse0". Nothing happens, and the prompt doesn't come back. Then I move my PS2 4 button mouse, and all sorts of crazy characters start showing up on the screen. It's showing output from my mouse (which i've only hooked up so I can use the interface while I sort out my tablet). I can't seem to break or get out of this mode, so I close the window.

Since everything is unlike the instructions, I'm thinking this won't go well from this point on, but why not try?

I download and uncompress linuxwacom-0.6.8.tar.bz2. I go to the directory created and type in "./configure --enable-wacom". Seems to work. The output is very similar to what the instructions say I should see. The kernal option says "yes", so I think that's good. I then run "make".
Again, the system looks happy. The instructions say there should be a " wacom.o" file in one of the "src" directories. I look, but it's not there. I can't find it anywhere.

But hope springs eternal. Maybe I just didn't see it. I move on to the next set of instructions and type "./configure --enable-wacom". Again, the output looks very much like what the instructions say they should look like. The kernel option is showing "yes", I do the "make" thing, and the output looks like the instructions. I use the cd command to go to "src/2.6.9", and then I type "cp wacom.ko /lib/modules/2.6.12-1.1390_FC4/kernel/drivers/usb/input"
No errors, i'm thinking this could be good.

Upon getting back to the system, I type in "sync", "rmmod wacom", and "insmod ./wacom.o". But "wacom.o" is not found.

Okay, after this, the instructions go on about installing kernels. Huh? I thought I had the latest and greatest kernel? This is where my newbie head explodes, and I'm thinking I've already gone where few newbies have gone before, and I need to ask someone what the heck to do.

What the heck do I do?
Old 07-10-2005, 06:42 PM   #2
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Please do not post the same thread in more than one forum. Picking the most relevant forum and posting it once there makes it easier for other members to help you and keeps the discussion all in one place.

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