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Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10

Sep 19, 2010, 15:39
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Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
Hi

I'm trying to get my new Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch working with GIMP (2.6.10) under Windows 7 x64, but GIMP doesn't pick up the tablet as an extended input device, so the pen just works as a mouse i.e no pressure sensitivity.

I've tried:
- Reinstalling GIMP for Windows (tried both x64 and standard version)
- Updating DirectX
- Adding "DirectX DirectInput" to 'Active Controllers' in GIMP preferences
- Reinstalling the tablet drivers
- Installing the tablet in a different USB port
- Having the stylus active on the tablet surface as GIMP loads

Nothing seems to work. If I open GIMP and go to Edit --> Preferences -> Input Devices
and click the 'Configure Extended Input Devices...' button, I just get a message saying 'No Extended Input Devices'

Can anyone help me please?
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Sep 19, 2010, 19:24
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RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
I made my graphics tablet work by activating.deactivating things in its control panel Smile

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Sep 19, 2010, 19:44
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RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
No luck so far Sad
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Sep 20, 2010, 04:05
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RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
I was thinking about getting one of those, I hope you can get it working.
I'm afraid I might have the same problem.
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Sep 21, 2010, 15:12 (This post was last modified: Sep 21, 2010 15:14 by 1983.)
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RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
(Sep 20, 2010 04:05)Wraith Wrote:  I was thinking about getting one of those, I hope you can get it working.
I'm afraid I might have the same problem.

I wouldn't be too discouraged. The tablet works with every other piece of software I've tried and once you've got used to the touch capabilities, you'll probably not use you're mouse again. I've disconnected mine.
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Sep 21, 2010, 22:48
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RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
(Sep 21, 2010 19:35)ofnuts Wrote:  
(Sep 21, 2010 15:12)1983 Wrote:  
(Sep 20, 2010 04:05)Wraith Wrote:  I was thinking about getting one of those, I hope you can get it working.
I'm afraid I might have the same problem.

I wouldn't be too discouraged. The tablet works with every other piece of software I've tried and once you've got used to the touch capabilities, you'll probably not use you're mouse again. I've disconnected mine.

Same here. The Wacom are by far the most used tablets, all software that has use for a tablet will support them. Remotely diagnosing installation problem isn't too easy however. Does the tablet work correctly (ie, as far as pressure sensitive...) with other tablet-aware software (such as the one one the tablet CD?).

Did you reboot since you installed? My taks manager shows three tablet-related processes, even without a tabled connected:

- pen_tablet.exe (SYSTEM) (around 1.400K)
- pen_tablet.exe (again) (SYSTEM)(around 12.000K)
- pen_tabletUser.exe (my id) (2.400K)

Yep, I've rebooted any number of times without any improvement. The tablet, including full pen pressure sensitivity, is working perfectly in all other applications including Photoshop.

I can also see all 3 processes you mention in the Task Manager.

I haven't tried the tablet with any other GTK applications, I wonder it that could have something to do with it?
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Sep 22, 2010, 00:48
Post: #7
RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
(Sep 22, 2010 00:34)ofnuts Wrote:  Come to think of it, in my C:\Documents and Settings\[my id]\.gimp-2.6\devicerc, I have got

# GIMP devicerc

(GimpDeviceInfo "Core Pointer"
(tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
(paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
(brush "Circle (19)")
(pattern "Pine")
(gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
(mode screen)
(axes 2 x y)
(keys 0))
(GimpDeviceInfo "WACOM Tablet Pressure Stylus"
(tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
(paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
(brush "Circle (11)")
(pattern "Pine")
(gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
(mode screen)
(axes 3 x y pressure)
(keys 0))
(GimpDeviceInfo "WACOM Tablet Eraser "
(tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
(paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
(brush "Circle (11)")
(pattern "Pine")
(gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
(mode screen)
(axes 3 x y pressure)
(keys 0))

# end of devicerc


Have you got something similar? and did you install/reinstall Gimp after installing the tablet?

In Windows 7, the folder C:\Users\[MY-ID]\.gimp-2.6 didn't have a devicerc. I created one and copied and pasted in the information you posted, then I opened GIMP again, unfortunately it hasn't had any affect. Thanks for trying, though.
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Dec 20, 2010, 11:54 (This post was last modified: Dec 20, 2010 11:55 by olbj.)
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RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
Hi!

I added DirectX DirectInput as active controller in the input controllers section of input devices. After a restart Gimp was able to recognize my Wacom-device.

Regards Olle
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Sep 1, 2011, 11:30
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RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
(Dec 20, 2010 13:09)ofnuts Wrote:  Good... so that a specific thing to do in Windows7
Nope...
I'm on Win XP, having the same problem...
Not solved yet...
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Sep 2, 2011, 10:35 (This post was last modified: Sep 2, 2011 11:42 by AvanOsch.)
Post: #10
RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
I've tried all the stuff discussed in this thread, and also some other stuff I found on the web, however I still can not get my Wacom recognized by the GIMP.

I also did NOT have the file "devicerc" in my installation, so added that too, without any result...

I remember having similar problems with my previous Bamboo, however that was solved quite easily.
I've been at this for about 6 hours now, without ANY improvements...

Any help and ideas are greatly appreciated!

[EDIT]
I just emailed Wacom about this too.
Searching the web, it's obvious a lot of people are having problems with Wacom tablets and the GIMP and/or InkScape (which is also a GTK-on-Windows program)
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Sep 2, 2011, 14:36 (This post was last modified: Sep 2, 2011 14:41 by AvanOsch.)
Post: #11
RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
YESSSSS!

Finally got it working...
I un-installed both the GIMP, and everything that has to do with Wacom/Bamboo.
I also used USBDeview (a USB utility - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html ) to un-install any drivers related to Wacom/Bamboo that were left in the system. (Each USB port keeps any drivers once installed)
Then rebooted.
Re-installed the Pen&Touch (using only the latest drivers from http://www.wacom.eu, nothing from the installation CD)
For good measure, ran Microsoft Update (didn't seem to have any updates related to input devices, or anything related to GIMP in any way)
Rebooted
Re-installed the GIMP, and then was able to select the Tablet as Extended Input Device.

I'm guessing my problem had to do with my Tablet "Upgrade"
As I had another Bamboo installed, before I installed the Pen&Touch...
They actually use the same driver package, so I think something went wrong there.

Hope this saves someone some time...
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Sep 2, 2011, 16:18
Post: #12
RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
Glad it works now and thanks for posting the solution, will help others.

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Sep 7, 2011, 07:18
Post: #13
RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
Hi,

Filling the devicerc file like ofnuts proposed did the job for me. Possible you created the file with notepad and your explorer hides known extensions. Set your preferences so you can see known extensions and remove the possible ".txt" extension behind devicerc.

Thanx Ofnuts for the usefull help.

Used gimp 2.6.11 on Windows 7 64bit with a bamboo pen&touch
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Nov 4, 2011, 23:56
Post: #14
RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
All of these words and such things are confusing me.
Can someone please condense it into one post, and a bit simple for a newbie like me?
Thanks very much if you can.
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Nov 11, 2011, 19:08
Post: #15
RE: Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, Windows 7 x64, GIMP 2.6.10
Ah, never mind.
I got my tablet to work on gimp, pressure sensitive and all!
I didn't know how to work with the drivers, but I then downloaded them and realized how simple it was! It works just fine and I'm very happy.
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