How to install the Wacom Bamboo driver in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

This post is now outdated. Please see my new post for updated instructions.

I recently purchased a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch for my girlfriend’s birthday so she can transition her artwork from pen to vector.

Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch

I plugged the device in hoping it would be plug & play but unfortunately it wasn’t. I found a post by Frank Groeneveld which compiles newer Wacom support, critical for the product to work in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

As of this writing, his post is more than four months old and two newer releases of the driver have been posted, so I decided to update his script and post it for others.

sudo apt-get install build-essential libx11-dev libxi-dev x11proto-input-dev xserver-xorg-dev tk8.4-dev tcl8.4-dev libncurses5-dev; wget; tar -xf linuxwacom-0.8.8-8.tar.bz2; cd linuxwacom-*; ./configure --enable-wacom; make; sudo cp wacom.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/; sudo rmmod wacom; sudo modprobe wacom; echo "modprobe" | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

You should be able to copy and paste the code above and it will install necessary software needed to compile the new driver, download and compile the new driver and enable the driver automatically for use immediately and after reboot.

I tested this script on my ASUS K72JR and my girlfriend’s HP Pavilion 6000. If successful, your Wacom tablet should be able accept pen, touch (or combined if available) input.

As Frank states, “don’t forget to register your tablet at the Wacom website, because you can specify Linux as your operating system. We might get even better support if a lot of people do this.”

Good luck!

  • tom

    Hi Bret,

    i have a bamboo p&t and tried your script with ubuntu 10.10 but got the following error:

    cp: Aufruf von stat für „wacom.ko“ nicht möglich: No such file or directory

    any ideas?

    Cheers Tom

  • Martin Owens

    Oh no! Please don’t do it this way. Install via the PPA:

    add-ppa-repository lp:doctormo/wacom-plus
    apt-get install wacom-source xf86-input-wacom

    • Lifewave721

      unable to find wacom- source error uggggggh !

    • Wolfie5302

      Hy reading all the post here like ppa and lp and so really makes me think Ubuntu is super hard to fix?
      I had my bamboo pen CTL-460 working on Ubuntu 10.4 with
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/wacom-plus
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install wacom-dkms
      I had it running until one day it troubled me with not moving courser as soon as I touched the tablet with the stylus. I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.10 tryed the same

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/wacom-plus
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install wacom-dkms
      and nothing is working. I got an error requesting to check DKMS make.log file, that what it says.

      DKMS make.log for wacom- for kernel 2.6.35-27-generic (i686)
      Thu Mar 10 10:22:08 GMT 2011
      Building linuxwacom drivers for 2.6 kernel.
      make -C /lib/modules/2.6.32-25-generic/build
      make: *** /lib/modules/2.6.32-25-generic/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
      make: *** [all] Error 2
      Can somebody help with detailed steps i am obviously not as experienced as you guys?

    • Luke

      I encountered the same problem under ubuntu 10.04, even with the recent upgrade of wacom-dkms (as of today, 2011.03.11). Some web site said that you need to use xf86-input-wacom, since linuxwacom no longer works with the new kernel upgrade that uses the newer version of X11.

    • Pandya

      I have the same problem of cursor freezing under Ubuntu 10.10.

  • Martin Owens

    That should be:

    add-apt-repository lp:doctormo/wacom-plus
    apt-get update
    apt-get install wacom-dkms xf86-input-wacom

  • Murat Gunes

    Martin, it should actually be ppa:doctormo/wacom-plus.

    I’ve been trying to get an Intuos 4 working with all buttons + wheel (0.8.8 is needed), and came across your PPA a few days ago, but it seems you need to re-queue the amd64 build for Lucid:

  • Sergey

    I’ve got wacom pen and successfully using drivers from:

  • Miguel Angel Da Vila

    There is a better solution which comes from Taylor “Ripps” LeMasurier-Wren.
    The downside compiling the dirver is the need to recompile each time the kernel is upgraded vis Ubuntu Update. So it requires a solution based on DKMS which is what provides Taylor in his PPA

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ripps818/wacom
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install wacom-dkms

    • deusdiabolus

      I just want to mention that this repository worked for my 10.10 install.

    • Gururajatatantry

      Thank you very much. I was desperately trying to make my wacom tablet on my Ubuntu 10.10. Your solution worked like a charm. Thanks once again.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Martin,

    I updated my post to reflect your PPA. (It’s ppa: not lp: ;)… you must be used to bzr!)

    Can you aide my ignorance and tell me what the difference is between compiling and using your PPA? I understand using PPAs allow software to be uninstalled and reinstalled, so is that the only difference?

    I would really like if you could mentor me one day on how to use PPAs.

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  • Anonymous

    Hi Tom,

    As per the discussion above, please see my new post regarding how to install drivers for the Wacom Bamboo:

  • Anonymous

    I made a new post based on Martin Owens PPA. Please tell me if it is satisfactory:

  • Martin Owens

    Using the dkms module means that the wacom driver won’t be lost when you next get a security fix.

  • Paulo

    Are you sure touch works?

    I have just got one for my work. I got pen working, but I did not get touch working. The touch pad works (it moves the mouse point) but it does not accept single or multitouch gestures, not even tap-to-click.

  • Martin Owens

    OK It looks like we’re good to go on the PPA, I’ve had confirmed good reports back from users. Could you put either a big warning or decommission this blog entry in some way? Perhaps turn it into an explanation of why building a deb is a better solution for kernel modules?

    *trying to make sure future people don’t get the wrong idea that ubuntu is super hard to fix*

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  • Lifewave721

    sudo cp wacom.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/ code works up to this point need more clarification. aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh …been trying to get this bamboo cth-460 to work on ubuntu 10.10 for a week. any help ? thanks
    tried the ppa, also from synaptic manager as well and can’t get it to be seen .

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