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How to install the Wacom CTL-470 on Linux

Category: Linux,multimedia,Ubuntu   — Published by goeszen on March 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Installing the newest generation of Wacom Bamboo, Bamboo P&T (Pen & Touch), Bamboo Pen, CTL-470, CTH-470, etc. tablets under Linux can be a pain. We hear that in kernel 3.3 they are supported out-of-the-box, but that's in 2013! Until then, here's how to do it under Ubuntu 10.10+, current Debian etc.

Forget all other guides.

  • You'll need to have kernel headers (linux-headers-xxx):
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
  • sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-wacom autotools git
    depending on your system, this line might be:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-wacom autotools-dev git autoconf2.13  (thanks Richard)
  • Then do: git clone git:// -b bamboo3
  • cd input-wacom
  • ./ --prefix=/usr --disable-docs
  • Copy the module you've just built to your kernel modules:
    • will display the command to do this upon completion, or
    • do this: sudo cp ./2.6.38/wacom.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/wacom.ko
  • Update module dependencies: sudo depmod -a
  • Test loading the module: modprobe -v wacom
  • Connect the tablet and
  • Reboot!

You'll have to repeat building and tie-ing in the module after every kernel change! So follow this guide if you wacom tablet suddenly stops working on Linux (that happens when the autoupdate changed the kernel)
You can configure the module on the CLI with xsetwacom.

8 Responses to “How to install the Wacom CTL-470 on Linux”

  1. Eric says:

    I am trying to make my wacom bamboo CTL-470/K working on debian squeeze with kernel version 2.6.32.
    I followed this procedure, but it does not work. The wacom module is well loaded but there is no /dev/input/wacom.
    Do you have any idea why it does not work?



  2. goes says:

    I've got kernel 2.6.38-13 currently and it works. I've got ./wacom and ./wacom-touch in /dev/input. What I've found is that sometimes you must have the wacom connected during boot.

  3. Richard says:

    My system is Ubuntu 11.04, kernel 2.6.38-13-generic-pae.
    In the second step I had to make a little change:

    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-wacom autotools-dev git autoconf2.13

    After this, everything went right

  4. Bruno says:

    Hi. I'm using CrunchBang statler (debian squeeze 2.6.32-5-686) and having the same problem Eric has.
    Any idea? Thanks!


  5. Mischa says:

    I can get my CTH 470K to work fine with a cable, but as I am using a desktop, and my desktop is quite far away from my desk (~3 meters) and my cable is about 1 meter long. I really can't get it to detect the tablet at all with the wireless set. Any ideas?

  6. goes says:

    No experience with the wacom wireless set, sorry.

  7. Rodrigo says:

    Please, it all worked, but how do I copy the module to my kernel modules?
    Thank you!

  8. goeszen says:

    It's already in the post, but I rephrased it to make it clearer: autogen should exit with printing the command for your information. Just copy&paste this and you're fine.

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