Ubuntu – How to install Wacom Bamboo Pen


I have a new Wacom Bamboo Pen. I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 64bit.

After googling a little bit, I checked that xserver-xorg-input-wacom was installed. I plugged in my tablet. I rebooted my computer. Nothing special happened. I opened Inkscape. The tablet didn't work. I opened Inkscape's Input devices dialog. I didn't understand anything. I tried to blindly click some options in that dialog but nothing seemed to have any effect. Same with Gimp.

After googling some more I found the linuxwacom website with source code, this didn't seem to work.

So… any help?

As requested:

Bus 005 Device 002: ID 056a:00d4 Wacom Co., Ltd 

dmesg | tail
[  492.961267] usb 5-1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 3
[  493.144862] input: Wacom Bamboo 4x5 Pen as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.2/usb5/5-1/5-1:1.0/input/input6
[  493.158854] input: Wacom Bamboo 4x5 Finger as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.2/usb5/5-1/5-1:1.1/input/input7

Best Answer

You need to install the wacom-dkms package from my PPA


You can do this by using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/wacom-plus
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wacom-dkms

There is also an updated xorg driver for lucid available in the same ppa to fix a bunch of issues in the LTS. Please don't compile your drivers, seek help packaging them up instead so we can provide the driver fixes to everyone and hopefully fix them forever.