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Old 01-26-2006, 12:36 AM   #1
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Wacom Graphire 3 not recognised in Mandriva 2006


I use a Wacom Graphire 3 tablet instead of a mouse generally, and in other Linux distros I have previously used, it was recognised in a kind of way as a USB mouse. It wasn't perfect but I could use it straight up.

Now with Mandriva 2006, I plug the device into a USB port and nothing at all happens.

Is there anything I can do to get my tablet to work in Mandriva? Krita and Gimp are really hard to work in with just a mouse. :-)
 
Old 01-27-2006, 07:48 AM   #2
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Yes. First, you'll need to know what device it is hooked up to. To do so, as root, (and with your Graphire plugged in) go to the /dev/input directory. You'll see there a few input files. The first two (event0 and event1) are normall keyboard and mouse (or touchpad if a laptop). cat these files and move your stylus about. If you see a lot of junk pop up, then that is it. If not, Control-C and try another one. Which ever one works for you, you'll need to put into the Option "Device" line below. Mine was event2.

Next, edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config file and add the following ...

Code:
Section "InputDevice"
  Identifier "graphireStylus"
  Driver "wacom"
  Option "Device" "/dev/input/event2"
  Option "Type" "stylus"
  Option "USB" "on"
  Option "Mode" "Absolute"
  Option "AlwaysCore" "on"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Identifier "graphireEraser"
  Driver "wacom"
  Option "Device" "/dev/input/event2"
  Option "Type" "eraser"
  Option "USB" "on"
  Option "Mode" "Absolute"
  Option "AlwaysCore" "on"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Identifier "graphireCursor"
  Driver "wacom"
  Option "Device" "/dev/input/event2"
  Option "Type" "cursor"
  Option "USB" "on"
  Option "Mode" "Absolute"
  Option "AlwaysCore" "on"
EndSection
You will also need to add the following to your ServerLayout section


Code:
  InputDevice "graphireStylus" "CorePointer"
  InputDevice "graphireEraser" "CorePointer"
  InputDevice "graphireCursor" "CorePointer"
After that, restart your X11 session (log out, or Control-Alt-Backspace), and you should be set.
 
Old 01-27-2006, 08:07 AM   #3
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Oh, and one thing to note for anyone using Mandriva, but not 2006, you may have rmmod usbmouse and wacom, then modprobe wacom in order for this to work. I had mine loading right previously under 2005LE, but I forget what I had to add where in order for it to work.

Oh, and under 2006 at least, you can man wacom and get information on some of the Options used by the wacom driver.
 
Old 01-28-2006, 03:06 AM   #4
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Thanks Hobbletoe, I will try to do as you say, but I am completely unfamiliar with working in a terminal environment (other than some very basic chmod and alsaconf procedures)

I am afraid I don't know what you mean by "cat these files..."etc.

Can I impose on your kindness further to be as precise in your instructions as though writing for a complete idiot to read,

Thanks again :-)
 
Old 01-28-2006, 07:16 AM   #5
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Where are the man pages located?
The linuxwacom site says to update the pages.
I have the same problem with fedora core 4.
 
Old 01-30-2006, 07:30 AM   #6
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cat is a Unix/Linux command that simply streams the contents of a file to the screen. In my case, I was very certain that the event2 "file" was the one that my Graphire pad had connected to in the past. So, just to make sure, I did the following (as root as a normal user doesn't have permission to cat the file) to see if it still was.

Code:
# cd /dev/input
# ls
  event0  event1  event2  mice  mouse0  ts0
# cat event2
When you press enter after the cat line, it won't return you to the command line. But, if you move your stylus across your graphire pad, it should start spewing out characters. If not, then that file would be a different interface. (On my system, event0 is my keyboard. I know this because when I cat that file and press a key, it spews a few characters at me.) When you are done cat'ing the file, use Control-C to get back out to the command line.

As for the man page, mine is under /usr/X11R6/man/man4/wacom.4x.bz2. Or, if you'd prefer ...

http://www.die.net/doc/linux/man/man4/wacom.4.html
 
Old 01-31-2006, 05:37 AM   #7
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Many thanks Hobbletoe, for all your help. I will give all this a go. :-)
 
  


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