T42, Xubuntu, Wacom, Go!
September 18, 2019 9:39 AM   Subscribe

I have a T42 IBM ThinkPad running Xubuntu 12.04. I would like to get my Wacom Intuos CTL4100 tablet running on it. I've tried, oh Lord, have I tried.

Some background: The T42 has a 40G harddrive, Intel M processor, 1 gig of RAM. It's working well, though the CPU 100%s a lot. I put Xubuntu 12.04 on it for no reason other than this guy got it working on his T42. I like it and it's running well, both GIMP and Krita run on it okay (Krita's chuggy), USB mouse works fine. System does not detect the Wacom when it's plugged in, doesn't appear to detect anything has been plugged in, though the light does comes on the tablet and both USC ports work with the mouse. I am not an Ubuntu/Linux guy in the least (Obvious, but better to be clear).

My attempts at installing have been guided primarily by these two videos, both of which are, frankly, messes. Reviewing my notes, my steps have been:

1) Entering the commands listed here to install a package archive:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/wacom-plus
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

2) Entering the Install Prerequisites command from here:
sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf linux-headers-$(uname -r)

3) Downloading and extracting input-wacom-0.43.0.tar.bz2 from here

4) Entering extracted folder, and, while logged in as root/superuser, opening a terminal in the folder and running
.configure && make && make install

According to the videos, both guys found they just needed to plug in or restart their computer for the system to recognize the tablet (The difference in the videos is Guy 1 did not need to be logged in as superuser to install for Step 4, but Guy 2 did, but it's possible Guy 1 was and neglected to mention it), but there's no such joy in my Mudville.

So where am I going wrong? Do I need to install libwacom from this page, and if so, where in the process should it be done? Have my previous failed attempts messed things up to the point where even if I do things properly they won't work now, and if so, does that mean I should start from scratch and reinstall a clean Xubuntu on the T42?

Thanks for any help and direction you can provide.
posted by Alvy Ampersand to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Ubuntu 12.04 ran out of support in 2017. A lot of software will have ceased to be built for this old Ubuntu version. I'd probably suggest installing the latest long-term support Xubuntu version (18.04, available here). You can run it as a live version to check whether it works before spending any time installing.

Even on an old machine, there shouldn't be too much difference in performance because there's been very little bloat added in the interim - the newer software might even run more efficiently than the old, and you've got more chance of finding working software for the Wacom as driver support has improved considerably since 2012.
posted by winterhill at 11:09 AM on September 18, 2019 [1 favorite]


Ah, I had gone with 12.04 because of PAE issues, but this indicates I can forcepae with Ubuntu derivatives. Will give it a go, thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:45 AM on September 18, 2019


I'm running the same tablet on 18.04 LTS - I believe I just used the ppa. I can check when I get back to my box.
posted by aspersioncast at 12:42 PM on September 18, 2019


It's been a while since I was running Linux on one of my computers but try typing 'dmesg' and 'lsusb' into a terminal window before and after plugging in the tablet to see if there are any changes. There ought to be and that will give you clues as to what, if anything, the OS thinks is being plugged in.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 2:17 PM on September 18, 2019 [1 favorite]


Well, heck; installed Lubuntu 18.04, plugged the tablet in, typed 'dmesg', saw Wacom show up in the terminal dialogue, and the darn thing works right off the hop!

Best answers for everyone! Thanks, all!

(Going to leave this open for a bit in case anyone wandering by wants to suggest some neat/useful Lubuntu stuff.)
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 2:46 PM on September 18, 2019 [1 favorite]


Any tips for getting a Wacom tablet to see a pressure sensitive stylus on a chrome book with Linux enabled?
posted by mecran01 at 8:35 PM on September 19, 2019


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