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I bought a new Intutos CTL-490, and am having trouble getting it to work on Debian 8. Basically, it shows up when I run lsusb, but nothing else detects it -- xsetwacom --list devices shows nothing, /dev/input/wacom doesn't exist.

I suspect this is due to old drivers in Debian 8. This page says the tablet works with kernel version 4.4, input-wacom version 2.6.30, and libwacom version 0.16. As far as I can tell, Debian 8 comes with kernel version 3.16.0, xserver-xorg-input-wacom version 0.26.0, and libwacom2/libwacom-common version 0.8. I'm not totally sure how these reconcile, but it doesn't really look like these versions will work.

So, what would you suggest I do?

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I don't know version of input-wacom Debian 8 ships with, but if you are running kernel 3.16, you may need to update your input-wacom kernel driver. Instructions at: http://linuxwacom.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Input-wacom

modinfo wacom | grep version

may give more information.

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  • weird, bash doesn't recognize modinfo as a command, though there's a manpage. Also, checkinstall instead of make install wouldn't hurt anything, right?
    – pathOS
    Jan 18, 2017 at 16:03

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