Bug 460768 - WACOM tablets do not work in the graphical installer.
WACOM tablets do not work in the graphical installer.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: linuxwacom (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Aristeu Rozanski
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-08-31 09:12 EDT by Beech Horn
Modified: 2009-07-14 15:23 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 12:50:59 EDT
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WACOM Xorg.conf (2.57 KB, application/octet-stream)
2008-09-03 15:22 EDT, Beech Horn
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Description Beech Horn 2008-08-31 09:12:17 EDT
Description of problem: I use a WACOM tablet as my only pointer input and am, as of yet, unable to use it on any graphical installer for any Linux distribution (apart from those who boot into live cd mode).

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): ALL

How reproducible: Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Plug in a WACOM tablet as the only pointer device on a computer.
2. Insert the fedora disc.
3. Run the graphical installer and try to navigate around the interface with the WACOM stylus.
Actual results: Nothing happens.

Expected results: The WACOM tablet functions as per normal.

Additional info: It's not so much of a pain using the keyboard, until you have to set up the timezone. Typing Alt+Down to get open the dropdown of countries works, but you can't enter "E" to make selecting Europe/London any easier. I've tried the text mode installer (as any GUI advantage would be lost without a pointer) but cannot find LVM options.
Comment 1 Aristeu Rozanski 2008-09-03 13:15:49 EDT
I believe this is caused by the new X.org version that truly supports hotplugging.
I'll check that.
Comment 2 Aristeu Rozanski 2008-09-03 15:17:56 EDT
Forget my last comment, I thought you meant it worked before but didn't on F-9.
I'll check if it's possible to include it.
Comment 3 Beech Horn 2008-09-03 15:22:52 EDT
Created attachment 315675 [details]
WACOM Xorg.conf

Thank you Aristeu,

I am willing to burn ISO's compile changes before Fedora 10.

It's not a Fedora specific problem as mentioned, as I do not know of any Linux installer to date (beyond Live CD's) which allow the WACOM to work.

The RHGB (Red Hat Graphical Boot) does support the WACOM (but as it now uses X I suppose this is a mute point).

The automatic X doesn't support absolute stylus modes, etc and requires manual entries into the Xorg.conf. Please see the uploaded file as an example. To clarify the LinuxWACOM documentation suggests that stylus/eraser input will use absolute positioning by default, however without a device entry into the Xorg.conf file this does not happen.
Comment 4 Aristeu Rozanski 2008-09-03 16:57:12 EDT
there're two points:
- your tablet won't work, even detected as a mouse thru /dev/input/mice on
  Fedora installation because the kernel module is not present so the device
  is not usable at all.
- after installed, the wacom kernel module is available and will be somewhat
  usable even without configuration. Not sure about F9, but new X servers (xorg)
  do support hotplugging. If the _xorg_ wacom driver is available, it'll load
  it and make it available automatically.

so, two different problems: one is being usable during the installation and the
second problem is working without manual configuration. the second is being
handled on a separated bug.
Comment 5 Beech Horn 2008-11-24 04:38:22 EST
Please could I have the bug number for the manual configuration issue - as my searching skills seem to be lacking...

Thank you

Comment 6 A. Lok 2008-11-24 13:12:12 EST
I think Aristeu means bug#109750

You could also try the link '(Show Fedora/linuxwacom bugs)' aside the Component description in the 'header' of this bug. Or use http://bugz.fedoraproject.org/linuxwacom to find bugs filed against linuxwacom.
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Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 12:50:59 EDT
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Comment 9 A. Lok 2009-07-14 15:23:28 EDT
This 'problem' still manifests itself in the Fedora 11 installer. I think it shouldn't be closed but 'upgraded' to Fedora 11.

To get back to point 1 from comment #4 , why isn't the wacom kernel-module available anyway? Is this intentional?

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