I'm using a Serial Wacom Tablet touch device on an HP EliteBook 2740p.

The capacitive finger touch device (Serial Wacom Tablet touch) works, but is set to relative positioning instead of absolute. This means it works like a touchpad rather than a touch screen. System Settings has options for the pen portion of the touch screen, but I can't find any settings for the touch part. Is there anyway to configure the touch screen to work as an absolute pointing device?


This is the output of xinput:

:~$ xinput --list ⎡ Virtual core pointer
id=2 [master pointer (3)] ⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer
id=4 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Logitech Unifying Device. Wireless PID:1017 id=10 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ PS/2 Generic Mouse
id=12 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad
id=13 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Serial Wacom Tablet stylus
id=14 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Serial Wacom Tablet eraser
id=16 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ Serial Wacom Tablet touch
id=17 [slave pointer (2)] ⎣ Virtual core keyboard
id=3 [master keyboard (2)] ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard id=5 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Power Button id=6 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Video Bus id=7 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Sleep Button id=8 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ HP Webcam [2 MP Macro] id=9 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard id=11 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ HP WMI hotkeys id=15 [slave keyboard (3)]

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This is the site of the wacom linux open source drivers:


The following page describes a set of commands that can change teh configuration of the tablet during runtime:


my guess is that the command you need is:

xsetwacom set "device name" Mode Absolute

where "device name" should be replaced by the name of the tablet, obtained by

xsetwacom --list devices

make sure you use the name that includes "touch" in it e.g. "Wacom BambooFun 2FG 4x5 Finger touch"

then the command would be

xsetwacom set "Wacom BambooFun 2FG 4x5 Finger touch" Mode Absolute
  • wow that was easy. there really should be a setting for this in System Settings though.
    – waspinator
    May 29, 2012 at 18:15
  • hmm. the change does not persist across sleep or restart. Any ideas?
    – waspinator
    May 29, 2012 at 23:55

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