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Gopher

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Posts: 86

PostPosted: Fri 11 Feb 2011, 14:49    Post subject:  

I installed the pets on page 12 and ran the commands. I opened xorg.conf and added
Code:
Section "InputDevice"
  Driver        "wacom"
  Identifier    "stylus"
  Option        "Device"        "/dev/ttyS0"          # SERIAL ONLY
  Option        "Type"          "stylus"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver        "wacom"
  Identifier    "eraser"
  Option        "Device"        "/dev/ttyS0"          # SERIAL ONLY
  Option        "Type"          "eraser"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver        "wacom"
  Identifier    "cursor"
  Option        "Device"        "/dev/ttyS0"          # SERIAL ONLY
EndSection
However, I didn't see the section labeled "ServerLayout". Adding it prevents xorg starting.

As it is, I can use the tablet more or less like a mouse, but there are a few issues:
1. The tablet doesn't map to the screen consistently.
2. I have to redo the "depmod" and "modprobe wacom" commands every time I reboot. I don't know if that's expected behavior or not.
3. I can't test out the pressure sensitivity in gimp, because it doesn't detect the tablet so I can't configure it.

Any help would be appreciated. I'm glad I was able to get it working this well.

EDIT: Oh, and I'm using 5.2 with a bamboo pen tablet.
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nuttypup

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Feb 2011, 05:30    Post subject:  

in my xorg file the section called server layout is above the input devices you just have to append the lines of code to that section Smile
for me it starts at line 89 and my server layout looks like this
Code:

Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier     "X.org Configured"
   Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
   InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
   InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
        InputDevice    "stylus"    "SendCoreEvents"
        InputDevice    "eraser"    "SendCoreEvents"
   
   InputDevice    "touch"     "SendCoreEvents"   
EndSection


hope this helps:)
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Gopher

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Feb 2011, 18:39    Post subject:  

Thanks, but it's just not there for me. Which version of puppy are you using? The closest thing I see is a section labeled "ServerFlags", which doesn't look anything like what you and others have quoted.
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Feb 2011, 23:41    Post subject:  

Update: I found that after running the xorg wizard a ServerLayout section will be added to xorg.conf. However, adding the lines hasn't solved my problem. The tablet still only functions like a mouse.

Nothing related to the tablet shows up the the input device sections of either GIMP or mtpaint. Just "Virtual Core XTEST Pointer", "Synaptics Mouse", and "Mouse0". If anyone has any idea what's wrong I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me.

EDIT: Ugh, I'm an idiot. My problem was that I didn't follow the directions here and here. I just copy/pasted the parameters other people used, not realizing they were different for my tablet. It works now. Thank you very much to everyone who posted useful info on this thread.[/url]
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Feb 2011, 00:46    Post subject:  

dont loose heart keep trying , make sure all the instructions of step4 are carried out you might have missed something Smile
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PostPosted: Mon 07 Mar 2011, 00:53    Post subject: linuxwacom-0.8.8-11-k2.6.32.28-w5.pet
Subject description: wacom driver for wary-5.1x
 

Compiled linuxwacom-0.8.8-11 on the quickset wary-503j.
May also work on wary-5.1.1.

Download linuxwacom-0.8.8-11-k2.6.32.28-w5.pet.
http://shino.pos.to/party/bridge.cgi?puppy/wary/opt/

configure option:
./configure --prefix=/usr --host=i486-pc-linux-gnu --enable-wacom

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don570


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Location: Ontario

PostPosted: Tue 22 Mar 2011, 18:10    Post subject: instructions for installing wacom driver in Lucid Puppy  

Now that a new version of Lucid Puppy is just about ready to
arrive on our doorstep, I thought it time to properly document
installing the wacom driver on Lucid Puppy.


Step 1 - You must create a 'Pupsave' file first,
which is easily done by just rebooting. The size
doesn't matter, however a large pupsave file
such as 500mb will avoid problems latter with
installing large pet packages such as Audacity.
The rule is you need your free space to be about 3 times
the size of the pet package to successfully install the
pet package.

Step 2 (optional) - While you're doing step 1, you should install
Gimp (the paint package ) as well.
I suggest going to
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=61584
and downloading gimp-2.6.11-squeeze-2.sfs . Use the menu
System > 'Bootmanager configure bootup' to set up the SFS file
to load while booting.

Tip: Avoid version 2.7 of Gimp since
brush features aren't completed.
Note: Your computer will need a reboot to load the SFS file.

Step 3 - Create a new xorg.conf file since the one supplied
by Lucid Puppy is worthless . There are several ways to do this.
I cheat and use a spare good xorg.conf file that I have stored on a Flash stick.
However since anyone reading this is inexperienced, I'll give the
method of generating a new xorg.conf file.

Method:
Delete your current xorg.conf file (the path is /etc/X11/xorg.conf )
and then reboot. The operating system will check while booting up
and run xorgwizard when it finds that no file exists.
This creates a new compatible xorg.conf file.
You must now modify this new xorg.conf file with a text editor.
The general instructions from Wacom are located here and here.
For a PC tablet computer I believe a different driver is used and the
instructions are slight modified from this post.
I use a wacom Bamboo tablet and here is the modification I use.
There are other examples on this thread.

Here's my 'Server Layout' for a Bamboo tablet

Code:

Section "ServerLayout"
    # For non-LCD tablets only
    # Only a few TabletPCs support this type
   # For Intuos3/CintiqV5/Graphire4/Bamboo tablets
    Identifier     "X.org Configured"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "stylus" "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice    "eraser" "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice    "cursor" "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice    "touch" "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice    "pad"
EndSection


and then after the definitions of mouse and keyboard
I inserted

Code:

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "stylus"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"    # USB ONLY
    Option         "Type" "stylus"
    Option         "USB" "on"                  # USB ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "eraser"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"    # USB ONLY
    Option         "Type" "eraser"
    Option         "USB" "on"                  # USB ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "cursor"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"    # USB ONLY
    Option         "Type" "cursor"
    Option         "USB" "on"                  # USB ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "pad"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"    # USB ONLY
    Option         "Type" "pad"
    Option         "USB" "on"                  # USB ONLY
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "touch"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"    # USB ONLY
    Option         "Type" "touch"
    Option         "USB" "on"                  # USB ONLY
EndSection


Step 4 - As well as step 3 there is a further step to do
at the same time, namely install the wacom driver.
Download
wacom-0.8.5-10-k2.6.30.5.pet
Lucid puppy requires a recent driver for it's kernel.
Install the pet package and then in the terminal type
Code:

depmod
modprobe wacom

Then restart X server

Step 5 - To make the driver load each time you reboot
the method that I am now using is the following:

Select from the menu
System > Bootmanager configure bootup
Select 'Click here to add a new module'

You will have a couple of minutes to wait for a list to form.
Move the wacom driver to the right hand side.(see picture)
Note: For a tablet PC I believe a different wacom driver is used,
but I'm not sure since I own regular desktop PC.



Step 6 - Now if you are watching carefully whenever you boot your computer you will spot a line
quickly flash on your screen saying that the wacom driver is loading.
The Gimp paint program should be installed now. It needs it's 'input devices' set for
pressure sensitivity which is easily done from the gimp preference menu.
Set the various wacom tools from 'Disabled' to 'Screen'

mtPaint is harder to set for pressure sensitivity. Go to preferences.
There are check boxes to set, but as well the stylus needs to be set for 'Screen'.
Tip : mtPaint mustn't be set for the other tools such as 'Eraser' in Lucid Puppy.
Leave them disabled.
This is a known bug.

Now have fun drawing!!!

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Note there is two wacom drivers that can be installed 'wacom' and 'wacom_w8001'. I installed the wacom driver. I assume the other driver
is for tablets PC's but I don't know that for sure.
Here's what the internet says
http://cateee.net/lkddb/web-lkddb/TOUCHSCREEN_WACOM_W8001.html


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Ruff

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Mar 2011, 19:42    Post subject: tablet PC - Toshiba Portege 3505
Subject description: drivers and xconf
 

First time poster here. I want to thank everyone for taking the time to provide this great distro. I haven't had this much fun playing with a computer since I got my first 8088 running MS-DOS 3.31 back in 19... never mind.Smile

Anyway, I'm running a Portege 3505 (Toshiba). Puppy is the first flavor of Linux that I ever got to play nice with my little table PC. Morever, by following this thread and some determined tinkering, I finally got the doggone tablet working. I was stunned. I just wanted to clarify a couple of points that tripped me up at first, in case anyone else has one of these antiques.

First of all, make sure you have the correct version of the xOrg wacom driver. Wary Puppy uses the 7.3 version of X, so you need to use the older xOrg driver. Using the latest xOrg driver will screw you up. If you are running Lupu, then you need the later .8 version of the xOrg driver.

Make sure you use the Wacom kernel driver that was specfically compiled for that particular kernel. Most of you know this already. But just in case somebody is doing what i did and forlornly running a blind search in the desperte hope fo finding something, anything, that might help - there are a slop bucket full of different versions out there. Find otu what kernel you have by opening a console and typing "uname -r" without the quotes. That will tell you the kernel version. Use the wacom driver specific for that version.

When editing the /etc/X11 xconf file remember that a portege only has two input methods. It has a stylus and it has an eraser. That's it. The sample xconf file entries that are shown on this thread are designed for a seperate, stand-alone tablet that also has a tabletmouse, or puck, that comes with it. The portege doesn't have a puck. When you edit your xconf file, do NOT include the lines for anything but the stylus or the eraser or you will not be able to get anything going. i beat my head against a wall for two days before I finally took a closer look and realized that the thing was looking for the little input device that wasn't there. Once I removed the redundant lines from the xconf file, everything took off and worked perfectly.

Just wanted to give back this miniscule bit. Thanks again.
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miriam


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Posts: 281
Location: Queensland, Australia

PostPosted: Wed 23 Mar 2011, 04:38    Post subject:  

I've been trying for days to get my Wacom tablet to work with Puppy 502 Lucid. I've had it working on earlier machines (with nVidia graphics) before, but my new computer has an ATI graphics chipset on the motherboard and the kernel doesn't seem to need the xorg.conf file. If I add the "InputDevice" info it simply ignores it. It doesn't have the"ServerLayout" section at all, and if I add it then Puppy refuses to boot unless I run xorgwizard to make a new xorg.conf file... which once again lacks the "ServerLayout" section. The xorg.conf file completely lacks any info about the graphics chipset (which, incidentally, is an ATI 760G Radeon HD 3000... whatever that is... there isn't any reference to it anywhere on the ATI site).

Does anybody have any idea what to do about this?

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don570


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Location: Ontario

PostPosted: Thu 24 Mar 2011, 20:20    Post subject:  

miriam wrote:
It doesn't have the"ServerLayout" section at all, and if I add it then Puppy refuses to boot unless I run xorgwizard to make a new xorg.conf file... which once again lacks the "ServerLayout" section.


Did you try step 3 in my post of a couple of days ago
i.e. deleting the file and rebooting?

If that doesn't work then I'm stumped. It has always been a sure-fire
method of creating a compatible Server Layout section.

Another method that I have used successfully is to boot up another version
of Puppy Linux(such as Wary) and copy the entire xorg.conf file from it.

Use that copy to be your new xorg.conf file. Modify that new file.


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When I was running Ubuntu Linux a couple of years ago,
I would move the xorg.conf file from one version to the next
without any problems .... but they've made some changes to
xorg.conf with recent versions.

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar 2011, 00:31    Post subject:  

I haven't actually tried deleting the xorg.conf file, though the fact that makes a new one without the server stuff makes me doubt that it will work. I'll try it.

I have tried using the xorg.conf from a different version of Puppy. It didn't help. When I looked at it I saw why: it lacked the server stuff too.

I think it has to do with the recent kernel changes that automate video driver stuff. I read a piece a little while ago in which someone was lamenting this change because it took the human out of the loop. Sure it would work really well... when it did work. But when it didn't there was no way to fix it. I think I've fallen victim to the latter situation.

I think my only recourse may be to save my pennies so I can buy an nVidia card.

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Ruff

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar 2011, 10:46    Post subject:  

You might give it a try with either Wary Puppy, or perhaps Lupq. Both of them are full featured and carry most, if not all, of the same apps that Lupu does. Wary uses an older kernel because it's designed for older hardware. I know it also uses xOrg 7.3 as well. A frugal install alongside your current install wouldn't take up much space, and it could easily be deleted afterward if you didn't like it.
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PostPosted: Wed 30 Mar 2011, 04:23    Post subject: Re: linuxwacom-0.8.8-11-k2.6.32.28-w5.pet
Subject description: wacom driver for wary-5.1x
 

Hi shinobar,
thanks a lot !
it works nice especially with wacom bamboo MTE-450 (0.8.8.10 and earlier versions did not on this specific model )
shinobar wrote:
Compiled linuxwacom-0.8.8-11 on the quickset wary-503j.
May also work on wary-5.1.1.
Download linuxwacom-0.8.8-11-k2.6.32.28-w5.pet.
http://shino.pos.to/party/bridge.cgi?puppy/wary/opt/
configure option:
./configure --prefix=/usr --host=i486-pc-linux-gnu --enable-wacom


I have installed it on wary-5XXq (don't know which XX...) and tested with a wacom bamboo MTE-450 (stylus + so called 'TouchRing' which may enable page scrolling by moving hand's finger tip in a 'Ring' in front of the pad - provided having made a command line setup as
Code:
#xsetwacom set pad AbsWUp "key core KPgUp"
#xsetwacom set pad AbsWDn "key core KPgDn"

together with NumLock disabled (so is it supposed to work according to PM exchanges with Ping Cheng - wacom project developper )

I appreciate also that all wacom tools are present in such pets (xsetwacom, xidump, ...) which are usefull to test the functionnality of the tablet, cursor, and stylus.

Thanks also for the compiling tip.

Wishes...
As there are updates of various wacom drivers (depending on kernel and X server versions) it would be nice to get corresponding pets available - that's easy to ask ...! -
I already tried to compile wacom drivers here but with variable success - i.e. not reliable - as I do not really understand what I do when compiling. Moreover, these require to load the kernel source and «compile the modules against the kernel» - till now a bit to hard for me ...

Cheers, Charlie
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Apr 2011, 18:50    Post subject: compile and make a pet package for Fluppy  

I have been successful in making a driver package for Fluppy 013.
Edit: Apparently success depends on whether the wacom driver that
you have in pre-installed in your distro works or not.
For instance with Slacko this method didn't work. A new wacom.ko
driver was needed. Charlie6 compiled it.

Here are the instructions. I assume that you have set up Fluppy 013
for compiling.

Step 1 Check the version of Xorg Server that you are running.
It must be 1.7 or greater. Fluppy has a suitable version.
Type in terminal..
Code:

Xorg  -version

(Note the capital X)

Step 2 Download and extract xf86-input-wacom-0.10.9.tar.bz2
available HERE


Step 3 Make an empty folder /root/xf86-wacom-fluppy-0.10.9

(Assuming that you have enough space in /root)


Step 4 Compile with the standard options.
No special options are needed!!
Code:

./configure
make
make install  DESTDIR=/root/xf86-wacom-fluppy-0.10.9



Step 5 There are still some files to put in
/root/xf86-wacom-fluppy-0.10.9 before proceeding to
make a pet package.

Make a post install script (named pinstall.sh)
to make the installation go easier.
Code:

#!/bin/sh
Xdialog  --title "Installation of Wacom driver" --msgbox "You must restart  X Windows to finish the installation of the driver" 560x100 &
lsmod | grep -qw wacom && rmmod wakom
depmod -a
sync
modprobe wacom
killall -q -HUP udevd
# register wacom on the MODULESCONFIG
if [ -s /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG ]; then
  eval $(grep '^[[:blank:]]*ADDLIST=' /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG)
  if ! echo $ADDLIST| grep -qw 'wacom'; then
    ADDLIST="$ADDLIST wacom "
    grep -v '^[[:blank:]]*ADDLIST=' /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG > /tmp/MODULESCONFIG
    mv -f /tmp/MODULESCONFIG /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG
    echo "ADDLIST='${ADDLIST}'" >> /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG
  fi
fi


Thanks to Shinobar for this script

Step 5
make a file
/etc/udev/rules.d/65-wacom.rules for the folder
Code:

# udev rule for wacom tablets.

KERNEL=="event[0-9]*", SYSFS{idVendor}=="056a", SYMLINK+="input/wacom"




Here is how the folder looks with all the files inside it.





Step 6 Make the pet package with the command
Code:

dir2pet  xf86-wacom-fluppy-0.10.9




The package that I made can be downloaded here
http://www.datafilehost.com/download-1ebf0163.html



Note that this driver will only work with Fluppy 013 !!!

Thanks to the post install script the driver remains
persistent after a reboot.

As well it is not necessary to type in the terminal
Code:

depmod
modprobe wacom

since this is part of the post install script.

...and don't forget to make alteration to xorg.conf file
before installing the driver.

Edit: more recent versions of the driver source code
give a terminal error when I try to compile them.

Edit: Works in Snow Puppy as well. I tested it.
Edit: Works in Lighthouse 503G as well. I tested it.

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jul 2011, 03:00    Post subject:
Subject description: compile wacom drivers
 

Hi don570,
thanks for that tuto !
don570 wrote
Code:
 ... I assume that you have set up Fluppy 013
for compiling.


is it just load in the bootmanager devx_xxx.sfs or are there other dependencies, or kernel or headers ... to install?

Is that tuto applicable even for the linuxwacom drivers?

Till now I have been UNsuccesfull at compiling wacom drivers (got errors in the make process...)

ps: there are new version of the drivers and I had like to compile them for lupu and wary as well .... Wink

thanks for any answer
cheers, charlie
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