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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

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Update on Stybba
In a previous post, I describe my trials and tribulations with the Ubuntu 7.10 distribution (Gutsy Gibbon) and my older tablet PC, Stybba. melstav suggested dropping back to the 6.06 release (Dapper Drake). Since Gutsy Gibbon had failed so miserably, and the PC-BSD distribution as well, I took the advicet.

Dapper Drake booted up smoothly, installed with no problems, and I'm currently making this entry via the Scribefire plugin for Firefox. The 6.06 distribution came bundled with Firefox 1.5, so I immediately upgraded to 2.0.12, using these instructions from the Ubuntu community site.

So far, so good. The performance issues I had with GG are gone; Stybba is responding fine. Things got sluggish last night when I had about seven tabs open, including one for Daily Kos and another for iGoogle. dKos was extremely active because it was election night, so that combined with iGoogle's regular updating slowed things down a bit. I backed off on the content open and things went back to normal.

I've also revisited Scribefire as a blogging environment, but that'll be the subject of a separate entry.

While Stybba functions nicely as a basic PC under DD, I still haven't gotten the tablet functions to work properly yet. Using insight from here and here, I installed wacom-tools and the rest of the suggested packages and reconfigured X11 for the tablet screen and stylus.

When I re-booted the system, my first problem was that I didn't properly close one of the configuration sections in xorg.conf, so the entire desktop blew up. I fixed that from the command line, rebooted, and still no tablet functionality. Here are the mods I made to xorg.conf:


Section "InputDevice"
Driver "wacom"
Identifier "stylus"
Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS4"
Option "Type" "stylus"
Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "wacom"
Identifier "eraser"
Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS4"
Option "Type" "eraser"
Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "wacom"
Identifier "cursor"
Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS4"
Option "Type" "cursor"
Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"

Simply pasting this in blew up X11, I'm assuming because the last Section doesn't have an EndSection. I added that from a command-line edit, and things came back fine.

I also added a line to "Startup Programs" on the desktop per the blog:
8.Now on the top panel click on System&gt; Preferences&gt; Sessions&gt; Startup Programs
Click "Add" to paste the following string /usr/X11R6/bin/./xinput set-button-map stylus 1 3 2 4.

I assumed that the period at the end of the line was for punctuation and not part of the add, so I didn't put it.

Still, no tablet goodness yet. If anyone's got suggestions, I'd appreciate the input.
Gateway M275 Tablet PC and CentOS 5.1
Well, after successfully getting my Gateway M275 tablet PC's actual tablet functions working under FC 8, I've been forced to move to CentOS 5.1. My old xorg.conf no longer works, and neither does anything I can google up.

My question at this point is pretty general (but if I get any replies I'll have more specific things to ask): Has anyone gotten their tablet PC functions to work under CentOS? The closest I can get to "functioning" is having my cursor jump all over the screen (by using fpit drivers instead of wacom drivers, which do nothing).

Thank you in advance.
After much constructive critique I rehashed this vid and didnt mention Mac as its more geared twards Winblows anyways.

*edited for mis-representation,unintentional trolling, My bad.*

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