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- You'll have to edit /etc/X11/["XF86Config"]-4 - You'll have to edit /etc/X11/[[XF86Config]]-4

Setting up the Wacom ArtPadII

Note: The device nodes listed here will not work for USB wacom tablets. Also, the wacom driver is not fantastic under Linux kernel 2.6.x

I did this under Debian Woody, and it took a few extra steps. But in the end it's great, and even works with the Gimp!

- You'll have to edit /etc/X11/?XF86Config-4

  • a) Find the line starting Section "Module" and add in Load "wacom" b) Find InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"* and append "CoreKeyboard" to the end of the line. c) Find InputDevice "Generic Mouse"* and append "CorePointer" to the end of the line

  • * d) Add the following block after the end of the last '''Section''' "InputDevice", substituing in the correct tty device

   Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier   "pen1"
        Driver       "wacom"
        Option       "Mode" "Absolute"
        Option       "Type" "stylus"
        Option       "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
   Endsection
   # Settings for wacom eraser
   Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier   "eraser1"
        Driver       "wacom"
        Option       "Mode" "Absolute"
        Option       "Type" "eraser"
        Option       "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
   Endsection
   # Settings for wacom cursor (mouse)
   Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier   "cursor1"
        Driver       "wacom"
        Option       "Mode" "Absolute"
        Option       "Type" "cursor"
        Option       "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
   Endsection::
* e) Find !'''Section''' "ServerLayout" and put in the following three lines

    InputDevice    "pen1"      "AlwaysCore"
    InputDevice    "eraser1"   "AlwaysCore"
    InputDevice    "cursor1"   "AlwaysCore"
  • f) Restart the X server, and the pen should now function like the mouse

- To make pressure sensitivity work in the Gimp, open the "Input Devices" dialog and choose Pen1 from the device dropdown. Then set the mode dropdown to the mode you'd like the table to use. *Window* means the tablet input will be mapped to the current image window, and *Screen* means the tablet will be mapped to the screen as usual.