Finally I’ve got my old USB Tevion graphics tablet working on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex). It was a hard fight, and I don’t exactly know anymore how I got there, but I’ll try to reconstruct this case as good as I can. Before you go ahead: It’s not working without flaws. There are some ugly bugs, and dirty workarounds in it, but at least I’ve got it working somehow. This seems to be the first HOWTO for APT-6000U on the Internet so far, please consider it may not work for you, since I’ve got no conformations yet, if it’s working for other, too.
First of all, there is already a support for these graphics tablets, but without pressure sensitivity. If you’ve got already installed
xserver-xorg-input-aiptek, remove it first (
apt-get remove). Make a backup of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, and remove the parts from your xorg.conf, which belongs to the aiptek driver, because Intrepid Ibex won’t work if you leave them in.
OK, what we first need is the a pretty bleeding edge alpha driver now:
- Download driver: wizardpen-0.7.0-alpha1.tar.gz | Alternative source: wizardpen-0.7.0-alpha1.tar.gz
- Meet dependencies:
apt-get install xserver-xorg-dev xutils libx11-dev xautomation xinput libxext-dev build-essential
- Unpack it and go into the directory.
tar xfvz wizardpen-0.7.0-alpha1.tar.gz cd wizardpen-0.7.0-alpha1
- configure and compile it
./configure --with-xorg-module-dir=/usr/lib/xorg/modules make make install
- Get the name of your device device, you'll need it in the next step
cat /proc/bus/input/devices | grep Name
- Create this the file 99-x11-wizardpen.fdi and insert the name from the step before accordingly.
- Now work around a HAL bug. Create this the file 10-UC-LOGIC-Tablet-fix.fdi in
- Go to console (Ctrl+Alt+F1), and perform as root
/etc/init.d/kdm stop modprobe -r aiptek
- Unplug your graphics tablet (if it was pluged in), wait approx. 5 secs, and replug it again.
- Perform now
modprobe aiptek /etc/init.d/kdm start
The setting in the file 99-x11-wizardpen.fdi for the X, Y and Z coordinates need adjustment by trial and error method. The tools below should help to find the appropriate values, but neither the tool
xinput list xinput test <the name of your device here>
nor the calibration-tool in the wizardpen sources didn't worked for me, or I was just to stupid for it.
cd wizardpen-0.7.0-alpha1/calibrate ./wizardpen-calibrate
Using the GIMP, Krita and Inkscape was possible including pressure sensitivity, but some functions of my default mouse didn't work for me anymore, so I was dependent on the graphics tablet as mouse button replacement.