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Not getting my tablet

Jan 29, 2014, 02:02
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Not getting my tablet
Some times, I open up gimp, and it doesn't recognize my tablet. (Wacom Bamboo)

I *can* use my pen because it sees it as a generic pointing device, but it doesn't know the difference between it and the mouse, and more importantly, I can't use pressure sensitivity, I get slightly less-smooth lines, and using the button on my pen won't pan my view but instead drops a menu.

The problem has always been erratic. Some days it works, some days it doesn't. It's been like this for years, with different versions of Gimp, and two different computers with different OS's. (Win 7 64bit and Win Xp)

Usually I just close Gimp down and open it again, and maybe that time it will be working. If not I try again. But I'm getting real tired of this ****, and honestly, it's going to be interfering with paid work real soon.
And today for some reason I simply cannot get it to acknowledge my tablet no matter how many times I reboot it.

What's going on here, and how can I get it to always work?
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Jan 29, 2014, 05:25
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RE: Not getting my tablet
I can relate... Big Grin

Check out this post here --> http://gimpforums.com/thread-pen-pressur...8#pid23618

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Jan 29, 2014, 16:31
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RE: Not getting my tablet
I've gone into the extended input devices before. When it's not registering, it doesn't show up in the list. Wacom pen is simply grayed out.
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Jan 30, 2014, 03:47 (This post was last modified: Jan 30, 2014 03:52 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: Not getting my tablet
Is your tablet plugged in each time before starting Gimp?

Unplug your tablet, restart the computer then plug it in BEFORE you start up Gimp.
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(I say restart computer instead of close Gimp because things from Gimp may linger, when you do a restart, everything should be like running Gimp for the first time of the day)
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Then if it recognizes it, to get the pressure to work, look through the Dynamic presets in the Brush Tool Options.

Try creating your own Dynamics if none of them work.
- Check one at a time options under the "Pressure" Column, the effects are updated instantly

3.2 Dynamics Options/Location
http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-tool-dynamics.html

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Jan 30, 2014, 16:14
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RE: Not getting my tablet
Yes it is plugged in; it is plugged in all the time.

(Jan 30, 2014 03:47)iForStyle007 Wrote:  Then if it recognizes it, to get the pressure to work, look through the Dynamic presets in the Brush Tool Options.

Try creating your own Dynamics if none of them work.
- Check one at a time options under the "Pressure" Column, the effects are updated instantly

3.2 Dynamics Options/Location
http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-tool-dynamics.html

I don't have any problem getting the pressure to work per se, but Gimp fails to see the tablet as a tablet and treats it as a generic pointer, meaning, it is just an extension of my mouse.
When it works it is a different device and has a different color swatch and remembers a different tool being used. When it doesn't it can't tell the difference between my mouse and my pen.
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Jan 30, 2014, 23:29
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RE: Not getting my tablet
(Jan 30, 2014 16:14)Marscaleb Wrote:  Yes it is plugged in; it is plugged in all the time.
Did you try to unplug it like I said in the instructions above? Having a plug in play device plugged in all the time can cause recognition problems sometimes. You might not have to restart the computer, you can try completely shutting down Gimp (after you close gimp, open task manager & check no gimp processes are runing, script-fu.exe...)

*Before you try the below, unplug your tablet, wait for 20 seconds, plug it back in, wait for it to be recognized by the computer(if not instant) then start Gimp.
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Try both plugging it in before you start Gimp, then after(both times check in Gimp the Input controllers "Edit > Preferences > Input Controllers"
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In both times(before/after), what appears under "Available Controllers" and "Active Controllers" ?
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Example
(plugging tablet before Gimp)
=Available Conrtollers =
-DirectX DirectInput
-Mouse Buttons
...
=Active Controllers=
-Main Mouse
....
(Gimp started, then plugging in tablet)
=Available Controllers=
...
=Active Controllers=
....
.
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Also, if you have a usb mouse or touchpad either turn off your touchpad temporarely or unplug your mouse (maybe its conflicting with the tablet)

Quote:I don't have any problem getting the pressure to work per se,
Does the pressure work only when the tablet is recognized as a tablet in Gimp then?

Quote:...When it works it is a different device and has a different color swatch and remembers a different tool being used. When it doesn't it can't tell the difference between my mouse and my pen.
What is the device name? Try looking for it on your computer(Device manager) while its plugged in.
Did you install a driver/program that came with the tablet? There should be some kind of a precision pointer setting in it. Try turning it on if not already. Look for the supporting driver for your tablet online if you only plug it in, maybe it needs a program.

A graphic tablet most times works as an extension of the mouse because you are drawing with the cursor, albeit more exact. If its drawing too wide, a last resort maybe to go into the mouse settings and tweak the speed or sensitivity of the cursor.
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Jan 31, 2014, 02:56
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RE: Not getting my tablet
(Jan 29, 2014 02:02)Marscaleb Wrote:  Some times, I open up gimp, and it doesn't recognize my tablet. (Wacom Bamboo)

I *can* use my pen because it sees it as a generic pointing device, but it doesn't know the difference between it and the mouse, and more importantly, I can't use pressure sensitivity, I get slightly less-smooth lines, and using the button on my pen won't pan my view but instead drops a menu.

The problem has always been erratic. Some days it works, some days it doesn't. It's been like this for years, with different versions of Gimp, and two different computers with different OS's. (Win 7 64bit and Win Xp)

Usually I just close Gimp down and open it again, and maybe that time it will be working. If not I try again. But I'm getting real tired of this ****, and honestly, it's going to be interfering with paid work real soon.
And today for some reason I simply cannot get it to acknowledge my tablet no matter how many times I reboot it.

What's going on here, and how can I get it to always work?
Hi,
I have the Wacom Intuos4.
For me, I must use the pen/stylus to start Gimp ie click the Gimp icon with the pen.
If I use the mouse to start Gimp I can experience the symptoms you describe.
Hope this works for you Wink
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Feb 1, 2014, 19:27
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RE: Not getting my tablet
(Jan 30, 2014 23:29)iForStyle007 Wrote:  Did you try to unplug it like I said in the instructions above?
Yes, it has made no change today.

Quote:Try both plugging it in before you start Gimp, then after(both times check in Gimp the Input controllers "Edit > Preferences > Input Controllers"
.
In both times(before/after), what appears under "Available Controllers" and "Active Controllers" ?

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I see this whether it is plugged in or just acting like it isn't there.
I haven't been able to get it working today at all (or all this week for that matter) so I have no reference for what it looks like when it DOES work, but IIR it is the same but without the devices greyed out.
Quote:Also, if you have a usb mouse or touchpad either turn off your touchpad temporarely or unplug your mouse (maybe its conflicting with the tablet)

I admit I've never tried that before. It did not help today, however.

Quote:Does the pressure work only when the tablet is recognized as a tablet in Gimp then?
Yes that's correct.
Quote:Did you install a driver/program that came with the tablet? There should be some kind of a precision pointer setting in it. Try turning it on if not already. Look for the supporting driver for your tablet online if you only plug it in, maybe it needs a program.
Yes, and the tablet has worked properly and is recognized properly.

(Jan 31, 2014 02:56)fluffybunny2 Wrote:  Hi,
I have the Wacom Intuos4.
For me, I must use the pen/stylus to start Gimp ie click the Gimp icon with the pen.
If I use the mouse to start Gimp I can experience the symptoms you describe.
Hope this works for you Wink
I have actually tried that before, but the results are inconsistent. It *seems* like it helps sometimes, but since it doesn't always work, it's probably coincidence.
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Feb 3, 2014, 01:48 (This post was last modified: Feb 3, 2014 01:49 by iForStyle007.)
Post: #9
RE: Not getting my tablet
Can you please also post what your "Available" "Active" Screen looks like. The one you posted is a different (similar) input screen.

It looks like this,
First screenshot: http://gimpforums.com/thread-scrolling-u...0#pid24910

Before or after you reply, last, check your Device Manager before you plug it in, to ID the device.
1. First Open Device Manager
most common method to open it:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windo...=windows-7

2. Then plug in your graphic tablet, you should notice it appear on the list.
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