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Your Tablet PC and Drivers, [UPDATE]

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 2, 2011, 2:48 AM
READ: This article only deals with TABLET PC notebook/slate computers. NOT Graphic Tablets. If you have a tablet that connects via USB, (Graphire, Bamboo, Intuos, Cintiq, etc,) this does NOT apply to you!


UPDATE 4/2/2011 ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
THIS MAY NOT APPLY TO ALL TABLET PC OWNERS, BUT IT IS AN OBSERVABLE IMPROVEMENT ON MY X201T!

The old advice I gave about Fujitsu drivers being better for your Tablet PC may no longer be valid. First off, Fujitsu has removed the drivers previously linked from their support site. Second, because I gave Wacom's Tablet PC drivers, (called "ISD" drivers,) a second shot. These offer notably more accurate pen calibration and better balance between Windows Tablet PC support and Creative Art software such as Photoshop.

Download the ISDDriver here: www.wacom.com/tabletpc/driver.…

What the ISD driver does is provide pressure sensitivity support for art software such as Photoshop, Painter, Sketchbook Pro, (just about everything EXCEPT Painter Tool SAI,) while maintaining the integrity of a normal Windows Tablet PC experience. The new pen calibration program the ISD driver provides keeps the cursor under my pen far more accurately than before, and I no longer have to deal with 2 levels of calibration, no "hold for right click" issues, and I'm all over enjoying my Tablet PC experience more due to a greater cohesive experience. I can't speak for every tablet PC out there, your mileage may vary, but it's worth a shot.

Be sure to uninstall ANY previous Tablet Pen drivers you've installed, from your manufacturer, Fujitsu, etc, and reboot your system before installing the Wacom IDT drivers. Open the "ISD Tablet Properties" or something similar item in your Control Panel to configure and calibrate the pen. It will no longer be called "Tablet Properties" anymore!

Give this a shot and let me know how it goes for you guys. In my experience, all of my software still works except for Tool SAI, which, well, always had really mediocre tablet support anyway (cough intuos 4's.)







ORIGINAL POST FROM LIKE A YEAR AGO:


This article is also written ESPECIALLY for users of the Lenovo X200T and X201T Tablet PC's.

  • How your Tablet PC works.
Tablet PC's, for those who don't know, have the exact same hardware inside it as the Wacom Bamboo and Graphire tablets. Exactly the same. Same pen (internal parts,) same sensor boards, same processing units. This is why you can take a (recent model) Graphire or Bamboo pen and use it freely on your Tablet PC if you don't like your stock pen (or take a pen from a completely different Tablet PC brand and use it on another one.)

Unfortunately, since Tablet PC hardware is so diverse in its implementation, the drivers for it are... not as easy as they could be to use. In fact, it takes a lot of finagling to get a somewhat comfortable setup. It can also be especially difficult to get used to if you have used Wacom's higher end tablets all your life, such as the Intuos or Cintiq. I'm going to try to help a little bit for anyone having a problem.

So let's start.
Fujitsu probably makes the best working Tablet PC drivers -- and you can install them on any Tablet PC with a Wacom digitizer. I own a Lenovo X201T and I'm using Fujitsu drivers. (Preferred over the Tablet PC drivers downloadable from Wacom, even.) Fujitsu's drivers support pen pressure across all software, multi-touch input (for screens that support it,) and keep Window's Tablet PC services, (such as handwriting input,) to still operate normally.

With a Fujitsu driver, there are two things to be aware of: Microsoft mode and Wacom mode.

What are these two modes?
- Microsoft mode is when Windows uses its own drivers to interpret the pens calibration and input. You know Microsoft mode is active because the cursor will appear as a dot, instead of an arrow. As long as the dot cursor is visible, pressure sensitivity and high-resolution tracking will work as expected in Windows software such as the Handwriting Input Panel, Microsoft Journal, and Microsoft Word. Additional gestures such as Hold-for-right-click and flicks will work in this mode, as long as they are enabled. Microsoft mode will enable automatically when using ANYTHING except an art / drawing program with Wacom specialized input. There are known glitches that can cause Microsoft mode not to activate -- and we'll go over that a little later.

- Wacom mode is when Wacom takes over the pen with its own drivers and calibration setup. By default, Microsoft does not have drivers that enable pressure sensitivity in software such as Adobe Photoshop, Painter Tool SAI, and Corel Painter. (Autodesk Sketchbook Pro uses Microsoft's drivers by default.) So, the Wacom driver must take over to make pressure sensitivity and high-resolution tracking possible. While Wacom mode is active, the cursor (when placed anywhere but over the canvas, such as a menu or palette) will appear as a standard arrow like with your mouse/touchpad. Wacom mode ignores Windows gestures like hold-for-right-click and flicks, making sure that nothing gets in the way of your drawing. This means that the Handwriting input panel can be hard to call up when needed in Wacom mode, so sometimes you'll have to click on the Windows taskbar first to re-enable Microsoft mode, then call up the Handwriting input panel. When switching modes between Wacom and Microsoft by focusing onto another window outside of your drawing application, the first click may not register since that click was needed to activate the OTHER mode. (It's also common to find the click get stuck, and require another click to "unclick" it.)

So, what about the calibrations that threse two different modes use?
Since both Microsoft and Wacom mode both use respective calibrations for the pen, you have to find a way to actually calibrate them. If you try to calibrate your pen, whether it be from the Tablet PC menu in Control Panel, or the Wacom Pen Tablet configurator, you'll only ever see the Microsoft calibrator. You know when you're using the Microsoft mode calibrator because you'll be asked to calibrate using 4 or 16 points on the screen (depending on whether or not you've done it once already.) The Wacom mode calibrator, by contrast, only uses two points on the screen.

So, how do you calibrate Wacom Mode?
There is a known and long standing glitch with Wacom Pen Tablet drivers and Windows 7. When you disable Microsoft mode's setting for "Hold for Right Click," the entire Microsoft mode disables! Handwriting recognition will still work, but pressure sensitivity and high-resolution tracking will be completely gone. The other added side effect of this glitch is that calibrating the pen will no longer use Microsoft's calibrator -- it will go straight to Wacom's.

To disable "Hold for Right Click" in order to access Wacom's calibrator, go to Control Panel in the start menu, and click on the icon for "Pen and Touch." In this window, double click the option "Press and Hold" and uncheck it. Hit OK, then hit Apply. Close the window.

Now, open the Pen Tablet options by clicking on the "Pen Tablet" icon in Control Panel. (If, by chance, this window was already open, close it and reopen it.) Go to the last tab, and click the "Calibrate" button. You SHOULD now see the Wacom calibrator with two points to complete the test. The calibration you keep from this will be used completely separately from Microsoft mode WHENEVER Wacom Mode is in use. This means that this calibration directly affects the cursor position and accuracy for software like PHOTOSHOP.

Now, we're going to want Microsoft Mode to function properly again -- so re-open the "Pen and Touch" options and re-enable "Press and Hold." Microsoft mode will now work normally again, and the Wacom Calibration will still work as you want it to in drawing software!

  • Downloading the (Universally Awesome) Fujitsu Driver
If you're looking for better drivers for your tablet PC, or if you have been experiencing some lack of support on your Tablet PC for better software compatibility, here's how to get the Fujitsu drivers:

- Go to the following link: [ FUJITSU SUPPORT DRIVER DOWNLOADS (AMERICA) ]

- Once there, click the gray tab named "By Configuration #."
We're going to be borrowing drivers from the Fujitsu T900, which is one of Fujitsu's highest-end Tablet PC's.

- Enter the following configuration number and click Go: FPCM11764

- You should now see a list of all the drivers for the T900. Download the driver called "Pen" under the operating system you have. (Windows 7 users should verify that you have 32 or 64-bit version before downloading.)

- At this point you should uninstall any other Pen Tablet drivers you've installed before, such as ones from Wacom directly, or one previously provided by your PC maker. (Note: Don't install drivers needed to make the shortcut buttons work. Only drivers directly used for Pen and Touch input.) It can be considered good practice to restart after uninstalling any, if they exist.

- Install the driver downloaded from Fujitsu.

- BAM. You should now have a good working Wacom Penabled tablet!

DISCLAIMER: My X201T only has a wacom digitizer! I don't have a touchscreen. I can't say for certain that these drivers will enable flawless touch-screen interactivity, but if any of you have a problem with this, let me know and I may have an alternative solution for YOU.

  • Other Wacom Drivers
If the Fujitsu driver isn't working properly for your particular Tablet PC, there is one other way to find alternative drivers.

On Wacom's website, www.wacom.com , you normally would download the "Tablet PC" driver from the support section of the site. Unfortunately, this driver sucks compared to others available -- especially recently when Wacom updated the driver and made it nearly incompatible with Windows 7. So where do you find these other drivers?

Well, remember how I said Tablet PC's share hardware with Graphire and Bamboo tablets? That's right -- you can use THEIR drivers too. However, you can't just use any old version of it.

For example, let's say you go and download the driver for the Wacom Bamboo Pen. You can't download the most recent driver, you have to click on an older version of the driver (visible in the list after you choose the model) that makes no mention of incompatibility with Tablet PC's. If the version of a Graphire or Bamboo driver you're attempting to download says something similar to "NOTE: This driver does not work with Tablet PC's!" you'll have to backtrack to an older release.

These driers can behave differently than Fujitsu's driver -- making it nearly impossible for Microsoft mode to fully deactivate (even after disabling Hold for Right Click.) So it can be very difficult -- if impossible -- to calibrate the pen for Wacom mode. But, it may be your answer if you're not getting any pressure sensitivity or high resolution tracking in some software on your stock drivers.


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vodk666 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi from France, you just saved my day... my fife, it works perfectly for me !
I love you !
With the ISD driver from wacom I just had thin or fat pressure, but when I installed the fujitsu you gave that was amazing, I could control everything and go from thin to fat and to thin again in one move... Thx again, very very much !

PS I needed both drivers together
ISD> thin or fat
Fujitsu> nothing happens
Fujitsu+ISD> Magic !
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Doppelgangergang Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
The Universally Awesome Fujitsu Driver works on Fujitsu Lifebook T4210.

Thanks!
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elsens Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this is an old journal, but I cannot thank you enough for writing this!!

I'll try all of this, and see if I can bet my pressure sensitivity back c:
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Isaurio Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The last driver available in Wacom site is : "ISD_DualTouch_701-8",
this one produces me some problems in Win Xp

Thanks to this tread: [link] I found this site: [link]
Inside you will find this driver: "ISD_DualTouch_702-21"

Is the latest driver and till now no problem. Thanks for all your tut's.
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KVirtanen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hi there,

I was wondering, which tablet do you use? I tried the 702-21 on my X201T after uninstalling all touch/pen drivers and it says "A supported tablet was not found on the system".
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Isaurio Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The "ISD_DualTouch_702-2" driver is only for tablet pc, I use a HP TX 2600
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:iconkvirtanen:
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
I think I figured it out. X201T is also a tablet pc, but it seems the Windows touch drivers are required in order for the Wacom installer to recognize the hardware. After letting Windows Update fetch the touch drivers and rebooting the Wacom installer didn't give me the error anymore.
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Isaurio Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is good to now the driver works for you, have you see any improvement?
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KVirtanen Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
To be honest, the performance is far worse. I tried calibrating the digitizer numerous times, but the cursor is 5mm off even in the center on my X201T. I think I'm going to revert to the Fujitsu drivers I used before.

I learned that with a bit of command line trickery you can have the TABCAL calibration tool show a lot more calibration points than when you're calibrating the screen via regular methods (4-16). This method doesn't seem to work with the ASUS drivers. It says I have to remove some existing 'linear calibration data' first going through the Control Panel, but I still cannot get it to work.
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Isaurio Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In my case the driver works fine, maybe is a good idea to downgrade in your case
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KVirtanen Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yep, I went back to Fujitsu drivers, and the screen could not be more accurate! I noticed that the ASUS driver had trouble switching to portrait mode on my unit. The screen turned 90 degrees, but the pen coordinates stayed in landscape mode. So strange to find the most compatible driver from another manufacturer — I'm not complaining though!
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queenvera Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
did you have to delete any manufacturer drivers on your thinkpad before installing the ISD drivers? I just bought a new x220T and I'm trying to get the pressure to work.. cry.
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queenvera Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
oh, and thank you for the great post~ :D
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Ice-Suicune Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What version is the Wacom ISD driver you are using? The driver is nowhere to be found in Wacom's American site, so I downloaded it from their European site (version 7.01-8 RC) but it doesn't work. The calibration is very nice, admittedly, but there is no pressure sensitivity.

Seeing as I have an X201T as well, I was pretty sure it would work... The only problem I noticed during the installation was that it was a Dualtouch driver, while my computer is pen-input only.However, on Wacom's European site, there are no other versions available.
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DangerPins Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Can I just say, I think it's awesome how you help other artists with driver updates and brush packs? The least I can do to show my appreciation is link you on my site.
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smileychan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Woot :)

Now to get something to draw on that works better than Microsoft One-Note :/
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blazingamer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found some wacom driver awhile ago that worked for a nice large selection of wacom tablets, including the one that was incorporated into my Tablet PC. I no longer really care to look for the driver again, though, since linux has no trouble with my tablet anymore. I used to have trouble in linux 2 years back resulting in me having to manually edit the xorg.conf but now it auto detects in any distro with the latest kernel.

It's kind of rare that I see people with Tablet PCs for art, due to their nature they usually have really weak graphics cards and are only really good for taking hand written digital notes with. I know mine only has an Intel gm945 chipset and I have trouble going higher than 15 layers on a 1500x1500 72 dpi in GIMP.
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philzero Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Hey dude, thought you might find this useful: Axiotron now sell a rebranded version of the Cintiq 18sx grip pen which is absolutely superb to use. It works for wacom tablet PC digitizers too [link]
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Huh, really? Interesting. It absolutely works with 256-level digitizers like Fujistu's, Lenovos, and Toshiba's etc?
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philzero Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I've been using it on my Fujitsu ST5112 which uses the 256-level wacom digitizer, so I can confirm its fully working with that.
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:iconfox-orian:
fox-orian Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice. I may consider this as a more serious drawing pen as opposed to windows-browsing.
I imagine the eraser tip is, well, like a good ol' squishy Intuos tip rather than a springy tablet PC's?
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philzero Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
It feels much more like the nib end of the pen where you can get good control over the pressure, as opposed to the almost on/off feel of the fujitsu's eraser.
The nib end feels much the same as the fujitsu's nib end, which is no surprise as they both use the same electronics.
Overall its just a much nicer pen to hold, feels just like an intuos3 pen in the hand.
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Solace-in-Shadows Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to rebuild my tablet from the ground up, so this came JUST in time. Thanks man! :D
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Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
I have a question: Will it work on Ubuntu? Because I've tried to install my bamboo tablet driver twice, but it just doesn't work.
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fzezf Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Thanks, after days of frustration, turns out this took care of my drawing issues on my Asus Slate! Thank you for sharing this!
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tenkkay Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010   Digital Artist
Page is bookmarked and saved. Thank you so much!
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Dunopsum Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Thank you much for the instructions and link to the drivers. It just amazes me how out of the box, my Lenovo x201t pen didn't work at all. How can Lenovo let this happen...how would an average user figure all of this out. In any case, thank you for spending your valuable time on publishing this information because it made me very happy with my x201t now :)
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hZEL Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
wow!! thank you for figuring this out! totally helped me with my calibration issues on my 2730p!
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whoreray Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for this! This helped a lot with my Lenovo.
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vozie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Update - I get the best results when "removing calibration" and thereafter not calibrating at all. Then I get rid of the missalignment at the borders, but the precision is not perfect either. Anyone experienced the same problem?
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vozie Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Have a X201t, tried to uninstall the old driver, but when I restarted it installed again. Then I just "clicked" on the PEN_WACOM_V5.1.1-11c_WIN7_FPC46-1643-01 downloaded file and installed it - and it seems to work - but am I missing something when not uninstalling the old Lenovo drive properly?
Another thing is that I have difficulties calibrating the pen. The missalignment is especially pronounced at the far righthand side of the screen. E.g. I have to "click" some 2-3 mm to the left of the scrollbar to "grab it" (i.e. the dot is hovering some 2-3 mm to the right of the pen tip). The allignemnt is good at the center of the screen and better at the left side. I have tried to recalibrate about 10 times with more or less the same result. Any ideas?
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jack-y-zhang Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My x200t CCFL Frameless non-touch screen (7449-9EU) stops working past Wacom driver 510-4. And I still don't get pressure sensitivity in Photoshop. I'm using x64 Win 7 so maybe that's a contributing factor to why it doesn't work.

I have to manually install the primary "Penabled" driver using the old "Have Disk" method. I install once, install via "Have Disk" for the missing Penabled driver, then install the driver again to get it fully working. Pressure Sensitivity works for Microsoft apps, but nothing else...

The Fujitsu drivers are 511-1. These rename the devices with my Hardware Id of "WACF00C" to "Wacom Dual Touch". It prevents me from getting the driver working on my machine.
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vapsman88 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Matt,

Thanks so much for the driver link and the information. I have a MC LE1600 and all of a sudden the Wacom driver started losing capabilities until it didn't work at all. The fujitsu driver works great!

~John
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Mayeru Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hello, excuse me, but, which driver did you use for your LE1600, you see, i just bought a MC le1600 but it didnīt bring a pen, so now iīm trying to enable the double touch funtion so i can touch it with my fingers, but i have instaled the wacom isd dual touch and nothing seems to work, i would really apreciated your help.
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vapsman88 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. Actually I was having problems with the Fujitsu driver and went back to the Wacom Driver. I used the Driver for Tablet PC 6.2 on the Wacom site. There may be newer versions there now.

~John
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Mayeru Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you!
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ShengDaFlashPRo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
just gots a random question:
just off the top of your head.. would you know why my tablet pen tip would suddenly stop working :S?its pretty much.. once upon a time it stopped working. the rubber side works. but the pen tip doesnt track or anything, its like its non-existant. i has the wacom bamboo btw.

regarding this articlle.. OMG!! so saving it for a read when i have free time. do you publish these anywhere else? you really should if you dont ;)
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AmazingDX Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
I was wanting to see a video in action from that lenovo, I found on but when i scrolled down on the video I found, it was yours :P What a coincidence...
Anyways, this is a very useful imformation, I had to use Compaq drivers for my Olivetti once because they didn't provide the correct ones, btw i'm subscribing to your channel :D
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thetinyshiloh Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a typo in the last paragraph, second word - "drivers." Fyi.


Otherwise - awesome! Very informative, and thank you.
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EnzuDes1gn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks interesting read my friend , but as you said Cintiq not have such issues really ...
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Linkman42807 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So, I have a Wacom Intuos 3 Tablet...would you recommend that I install these drivers for better performance? Or whatever the Fujitsu drivers do? (I kinda skimmed the journal, it's 2:41 am :O)
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No, this journal post only applies to Tablet PC's. [You know, laptops that allow you to use the pen right on the screen.]

An intuos 3 is a "Graphic Tablet" since it's an external peripheral, not a PC.
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Linkman42807 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah sorry about that. I read it late last night (as I said) and when I woke up this morning I clicked on the link and saw that it said "Tablet PC" and "Notebook PC" for the drivers. ^^;

Still good information for the future though (should I happen to get a tablet pc).
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No problem man XD You reminded me that not everyone not might know that this doesn't apply to them -- so I had to put a disclaimer at the top explaining just in case someone didn't know.
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moorkasaur Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful tips. Thank you!
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
i've been using a Bamboo Fun tablet for over a year now and have never had any of these issues but this is a great list for people who are going to buy one.
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, these issues really only exist for Tablet PC's.

They may share the same hardware, but the implementation is different. A standard USB tablet talks to the system differently than a full-blown tablet PC. It's hard to pinpoint why, but I think it has something to do with the fact that a Tablet PC has ONLY the pen as a mode of input. (No keyboard or mouse to accompany it.)

It apparently also uses a different sub-set of drivers present in the Graphire / Bamboo mix.
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pookiefx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
ohhohohoh I need to save this, so when I get mine I can use this! Thanks much!
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