How to install a Wacom Intuos CTL-480 tablet on Ubuntu

  • 17 Jan 2014
  • Matthew Wittering

Firstly download the latest version of xf86-input-wacom. Then open a new terminal window and enter the following commands:

For a little while I need a little help trying to install a Wacom Intuos tablet, model number CTL-480/S. I reached out to the AskUbuntu community hoping I'd get a quick answer. In fact it took much longer than I'd imagined for a new version of the driver to be released and then hope it would then become available in Ubuntu via a software update. Fortunately, I've now been able to manually install the new driver. Here is how I solved the problem.

Installation

Firstly download the latest version of xf86-input-wacom. Then open a new terminal window and enter the following commands:

tar xjvf input-wacom-version number.tar.bz2
cd input-wacom-version number
./configure

Now you've compiled the drive, it needs to be moved over to the drivers directory. Select the version number appropriate for your kernel. I used version 3.7, and therefore directory 3.7. Despite running version 3.11.0-15-generic of the kernel.

sudo cp ./3.7/wacom.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/
sudo cp ./3.7/wacom_w8001.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/touchscreen/

After the modules have been copied, you will need to rebuild all of the module dependencies:

sudo depmod -a

Finally, you'll need to have the module loaded by the kernel so that it can be used by the rest of the system. The easiest way to do this is to simply reboot; the kernel will automatically load the newly-installed module when necessary. Alternatively, you can use the commands to force the running kernel to reload the module without rebooting:

sudo modprobe -r wacom
sudo sudo insmod /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/wacom.ko

Once complete, Wacom Intuos CTL-480 should be working flawlessly.

References

  1. SourceForge.net: Input-wacom - linuxwacom