Wacom bamboo CTL-460 in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

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The new Wacom Bamboo Pen (CTL-460) doesn’t work in Ubuntu Lucid out-of-the-box. You need a newer kernel module than the one that comes with Lucid by default. It’s pretty easy to get it working though, you just need to know how.

The Linux Wacom Project manages the drivers, libraries, and documentation for configuring and running Wacom tablets under the Linux operating system. It contains diagnostic applications as well as updated kernel drivers and XFree86/Xorg XInput drivers.

First, install some compiling tools and header files:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libx11-dev libxi-dev x11proto-input-dev xserver-xorg-dev tk8.4-dev tcl8.4-dev libncurses5-dev

Next, download the latest linuxwacom driver (0.8.6 at the moment of writing)

wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/linuxwacom/linuxwacom-0.8.6.tar.bz2

Now unpack, configure compile and install it

tar -xf linuxwacom-0.8.6.tar.bz2

cd linuxwacom-0.8.6

./configure --enable-wacom

cd src/2.6.30/


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

sudo rmmod wacom

sudo modprobe wacom

The tablet should work now. You can also add the module name to /etc/modules to automatically load it on boot.

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31 Responses

  1. scott says:

    What about about dual monitor backgrounds not spanning across the monitors.

    It just places the image in the middle of the 2 screens.

    no fix for that yet.

  2. diablo says:

    i want to try but the latest driver cannot be found… link broken…
    is there another link?

  3. diablo says:

    where can i download the latest driver?

  4. jaxxed says:

    what if I’m using a newer kernel, such as 2.6.32 (mainline)

    This is why I hate compiling my own kernel modules.

  5. maxjezy says:

    just change this “wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/linuxwacom/linuxwacom-0.8.6.tar.bz2” to this “wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/linuxwacom/linuxwacom-0.8.6-1.tar.bz2” to download the driver.

    and then all codes that include the text “0.8.6” change to “0.8.6-1”..

    new version, so code must change to fit the version to get installed and done correctly.

  6. Bruce says:

    what if I’m using a newer kernel, such as 2.6.32 (mainline)

    This is why I hate compiling my own kernel modules.

  7. alvonsius says:

    Just curious … my girlfriend is using Hanvon 0806 pen and I can’t get it work on Lucid … is there any hints on this? Since all forum and howto I go, they all said that hanvon producer isn’t support linux yet (what a pity)

  8. Dom says:

    Woohoo!! Worked first time. That’s how easy it should be.

    Cheers guys.

    P.s. I’m using a Bamboo Fun, CTH-661/S.

  9. ripps says:

    Hey guys, I’ve made a dkms packge that should allow people to build new wacom modules automatcially when new kernels are installed. I’d appreciate it people could test it for me.

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

  10. wayfarer_boy says:

    Thanks for the PPA, ripps. I’ve installed wacom-dkms, and after a restart, everything’s working perfectly so far. Thanks again.

  11. wayfarer_boy says:

    Sorry, forgot to include setup – Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, Wacom Bamboo Pen

  12. Matt Hargett says:

    Using the PPA worked great for me as well on Ubuntu 10.04/amd64 with a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch. Thanks!

  13. Jeff Cannon says:

    Thanks ripps, I have battled this one for MONTHS. Your dkms package worked!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  14. seb says:

    Thanks a lot, works great for me ! Not tested a kernel update yet, but I hope it will work as good as now !

  15. aldo says:

    Hi ardesia 0.4 is out now you can also use a pressure sensitive drawing tablet
    as input device and make presentation exporting your work in pdf

    You can also use a wiimote whiteboard


    Let’s try it

  16. deadpool fan man says:

    how do you change the settings to you can get it on relative mode? as in if i move my pen from one side to the other, it moves like a cursor and not proportional to the screen?

  17. Mauricio says:

    Hello everyone, I have “Ubuntu 10.04/amd64” install “wacom-dkms” and only works me Pen, you must enable the Touch? Help!

  18. shibazz says:

    You rock Ripps. I’m up and runnin’. Didn’t expect to find such a magical fix in the comment thread 🙂 Thanks again!

    Bamboo Pen
    Ubuntu 10.04

  19. Sean says:

    I can’t thank you enough! I’ve been working on this for a while now. I got it running with 10.04 using a different “solution”, but had extremely limited functionality (no buttons, no touch, etc.). I’m now running 10.10 (just for reference), and this solution works flawlessly with my CTH-460! Nothing makes me happier than finding a “just works” type solution ;).

  20. James says:

    Thanks very much ripps. I could not appreciate that solution more. I am running Ubuntu 10.10 and your solutions is working flawlessly for my bamboo CTL-460 and makes working in MyPaint a dream. Thanks again! 🙂

  21. I hate to say this, but it doesn’t work for me on a freshly installed ubuntu 10.10 with a CTH-460. The logs say:


    Jan 10 23:30:25 eft kernel: [ 5942.430102] usb 3-1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address
    Jan 10 23:30:40 eft kernel: [ 5957.373979] usbcore: registered new interface driver wacom
    Jan 10 23:30:40 eft kernel: [ 5957.373987] wacom: v1.52-pc-0.3:USB Wacom tablet driver

    (eft is the name of the machine, the installed os is maverick 64)

    so it looks like the wacom driver is claiming the device, but pointer does not move or react in any way when using the tablet…



  22. For me, works perfectly on Ubuntu 10.04 with Wacom tablet CTL-460.

  23. niroma says:

    My CTL-460 has been working perfectly (using Ubuntu 10.04LTS) since installation ½ a year ago until the last kernel update a couple of days ago.
    Since then the LED lights up as usual and the cursor moves with the pen until I tap it on the tablet first time. After that it only moves when tapping or dragging on the tablet.
    Any one else experiencing the same?
    What to do?

  24. niroma says:

    Solved this problem by reverting
    xserver-xorg-input-wacom (1:0.10.11-0ubuntu7) to previous version.

    Probably this issue was caused by 10-wacom.conf missing in /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d

    Might help some one.

  25. Monek says:

    @ niroma
    Can you tell a little more about fixing that problem? I have exactly the same now, and I can’t get through it.

  26. Lauri says:

    same problem here and no clue what exactly i have to do…x_x help would be great

  27. Dave says:

    Thanks for the poster for the tutorial but I cant get past the fact that its a sketch pad, not a frickin space ship. I shouldnt have to look for latest kernel build, compile and hope – hope it works.

    I just installed the drivers on winxp (running as a vm under lucid) and it worked great. Irony.

    There’s no way it should be this much effort to get it working on linux.

  28. steeph says:

    Thanks a lot for the real easy howto!

    “how do you change the settings to you can get it on relative mode?”
    I had the same question. And I don’t really know about Linux command line, but the following command worked for me:
    xsetwacom set “Wacom Bamboo 4×5 Pen” Mode Relative
    If you have a different tablet, you have to replace the “Wacom Bamboo 4×5 Pen”. See xinput –list

  29. Joe says:

    This does not work in 10.04.

    This guide is no longer useful.

    Please update the guide or remove it.


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