tablet name : Wacom tablet intuos DRAW small ( CTL - 490 )

current OS : KDE Ubuntu 16.04 ( 64 bit ) ( Hungarian )

current kernel : 4.4

problem : the wacom tablet is recognize as Joystick, but work as a touchpad, so i can draw with it, senseless, and buttonless.

the things starts with Linux MINT 17.3 KDE , but my tablet is not work at all. my linux mint friends tolds me, this error is because the linux mint uses the very old kernel . so i am jumps into another KDE distro, the kde-ubuntu 16.04 ,because this is using a new kernel. the situation is much better now, the tablet works as touch pad, and a joystick ... confusing.

in the settings window, the buttons, and ALL of the sensitive stuff is out of working. inactive. the touch pad settings is see nothing , because the "synaptics backend missing. " ... so i am unable to change anything, because ALL the setting button here is gray, inactive. sadly the half of the settings screen is english, and half is hungarian

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how interesting is, the synaptics are already installed. the console told me, the synaptics is already the newest, up to date, version 1.8.2 ( all four zeros. )

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the more interesting stuff is, the tablet is appears on one more tab. The joystick section !

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of course, the tablet is NOT a joystick, and the buttons surprisely appears VERY good, its means all the buttons work fine, but i am dont know why in this way.

if the question is still not clear for you, i am very sad.

( how i can put back the wacom tablet to work normally ? )


( Tested on Linux mint 17.3 KDE )

Before build your castle, you will need some dependencies fixed.


type this into the Konsole / Terminal :

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential


Download the wacom input 32th version ( TAR.BZ archive ) with any kind of browser.

( https://sourceforge.net/projects/linuxwacom/files/xf86-input-wacom/input-wacom/input-wacom-0.32.0.tar.bz2/download )


unpack your fresh download with TAR command (go to the location, where you want to INSTALL):

tar xjvf input-wacom-0.32.0.tar.bz2

cd input-wacom-0.32.0


and now the last step, the Build and Install

go in the fresh directory ( you remember, the folder's name is "input-wacom-0.32.0" ) and type the following lines ( and BE PATIENCE ) :



sudo make install


and thats it. REBOOT the system, and after the system boots up, go, and CHECK the WACOM controll panel to be ensure the method is working ! remember, you will suffer a lot, if you enables any kind of 1 line eyefinity, or another single line multi monitor setting !

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