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my Wacom Graphire 4 used to work perfectly well until, I think, Ubuntu 10.4. At that point something changed in the configuration and I couldn't assign a key to the scroll wheel anymore (note: the pad's scroll wheel, not the mouse's), i.e this command:

xsetwacom set "Wacom Graphire4 6x8 pad" AbsWDn "key +"

returns silently without error but nothing happens. Same goes for AbsWUp, RelWDn, RelWUp.

Apparently though the problem is even deeper as pressing the wheel in a xev window doesn't seem to have any effect.

Moreover I am thoroughly confused on how the various pieces (kernel driver, xorg driver, evdev, HAL, xinput?) are supposed to work together and if the wacom module that ships with Ubuntu is the one from linuxwacom or not.

Any ideas? I don't want to become an X.org hacker just to understand what's going on... it used to work!

NOTE: I have already read question 3940, but that's not the same problem.

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  • Do you know what change the problem occurred after? Did you upgrade Wacom drivers, or upgrade to a new Ubuntu release? Are you still using Ubuntu 10.04? – mgunes Oct 12 '10 at 22:58
  • @Murat: to have Wacom working in 10.04 I had to change the configuration files, I think because HAL was dropped, but I'm not sure. Now I'm on 10.10 and the problem is still there. It used to work, and I'm pretty sure I had been using the drivers provided with the distribution before (it's been a while since I last recompiled the linuxwacom stuff). – UncleZeiv Oct 13 '10 at 13:08
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I'm not sure if it's the same issue with the Graphire, but there's been a bug in recent Linuxwacom releases that prevented assigning keys to the wheel on the Intuos4. I'll edit this answer once I find a link to the relevant bug; you might have to wait for a fix to it.

On Ubuntu 10.04, I used Martin Owens' PPA for updated drivers, which made button assignment possible on the Intuos4, but didn't help with the wheel.

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  • thanks for the link, it looks useful; I'm waiting eagerly for your edit :) By the way, assigning keys works ok for everything except the wheel in my case. – UncleZeiv Oct 13 '10 at 13:11
  • Unfortunately I'm unable to find the bug report. It might be a good idea for you to ask for assistance on the linuxwacom-discuss mailing list. – mgunes Oct 14 '10 at 21:46

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