Aiptek HP 12000u Tablet on Ubuntu 9.10 karmic

The tablet works well with Ubuntu karmic, this blog post describes my settings.

technical data

  • Aiptek HyperPen 12000 U
  • Dimensions 38.5 x 34.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Work Area 304 x 228 mm
  • Maximum Resolution 3048 lines/inch - 120 lines/mm
  • Accuracy 0.2 mm (or 0.422 mm ?)
  • Detection Distance maximum 8 mm
  • Pressure Sensitivity 512 stages
  • Number of Macro Keys 24
  • Interface Type USB-Port
  • Power Supply from the USB socket of the PC
  • Operating Systems Win 98SE/ME/2000/XP
  • AIPTEK Article Number 100016

installation

Get the required kernel module:

sudo aptitude install xserver-xorg-input-aiptek
sudo gedit /etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-aiptek.fdi

enter the following configuration:

Now restart hal:

sudo /etc/init.d/hal restart

and also restart xorg (log off and on again). Now plug in the tablet.

Check xinput to see if it is working well:

xinput list Aiptek

If the tablet has been set up correctly, the command returns something like:

philipp@lion:~$ xinput list stylus
"stylus"    id=8    [XExtensionPointer]
    Type is Stylus
    Num_keys is 32
    Min_keycode is 8
    Max_keycode is 39
    Num_buttons is 5
    Num_axes is 5
    Mode is Absolute
    Motion_buffer is 256
    Axis 0 :
        Min_value is 0
        Max_value is 5999
        Resolution is 14763
    Axis 1 :
        Min_value is 0
        Max_value is 3750
        Resolution is 14763
    Axis 2 :
        Min_value is 0
        Max_value is 511
        Resolution is 512
    Axis 3 :
        Min_value is -128
        Max_value is 127
        Resolution is 256
    Axis 4 :
        Min_value is -128
        Max_value is 127
        Resolution is 256

set up in GIMP: Edit Preferences → Input Devices → Configure Extended Input Devices → Aiptek or stylus, mode: screen …

Problems

Please note that the kernel driver has a bug that makes the X server crash whenever you unplug the tablet! This is annoying! I hope it will be fixed soon.

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