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Screen Tablet malarky => Tutorials and useful knowledge => Topic started by: Demontiq on June 22, 2010, 06:58:13 PM



Title: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: Demontiq on June 22, 2010, 06:58:13 PM
Hey I got my tablet today and to my great frustration it didnt work, so I got my sitecom USB-serial adaptor out and plugged the tablet in, now that dindt work either...
So i got to the sitecom website and downloaded their drivers, (V102 for me) and installed them through the device manager, thank god the adaptor works!
Next up was making a registry key, for that you can visit: (though i explained it a bit more clearly down here ;) http://www.anotherblogger.com/2007/03/31/vista-hacks-making-my-wacom-serial-tablet-work/
what I did is make that key call it PnPTablets and I gave it a value of COM3 which was my com port emulated by the adaptor.
After that I installed the wacom drivers (make sure the tablet is on as mine wasnt :P caused another whole lot of frustration) and hallelujah it worked!

So quick runthrough:

- Get a (good) USB-serial adaptor
- Plug it in and download its drivers
- Check the com port it uses (emulates) in device manager.
- Make a new registry key [ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tablet ]
- make a new string value and call it PnPTablets
- give the string a value of COM# in which you replace the # with which COM port your serial-USB adaptor emulates in my case this was 3
- Install WACOM drivers for your serial tablet
- Happy!!!  :D

Hmm, any idea how to get the wacom control panel to work, when i try to open it it says plese reinstall driver software which i did but it keeps on saying this, is this a vista problem? would linux be an idea, since i dont have a copy of XP over, does ud1212r actually work on linux, cause i just want the control panel to work...
~Demontiq~


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista
Post by: bernard on June 23, 2010, 03:38:03 AM
is your Vista 32 bit or 64 bit?


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista
Post by: Demontiq on June 23, 2010, 05:55:30 AM
32bit
I thought I heard about vista serial drivers, anyone? (they weren't wacom's own though)

~Demontiq~


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista
Post by: bernard on June 23, 2010, 07:02:22 AM
Have you tried installing the Wacom TabletPC driver?   Wacom-based TabletPCs are almost all serial beasts (internal serial ports) -- so maybe this "registry key" is the magic link that would make it work.  I have to try it out on my win7 64 bit.




 


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista
Post by: Demontiq on June 23, 2010, 07:51:15 AM
nope haven't tried that yet, I'm running the XP version of wacom's driver for the Ultrpad series, it does work, but the problem is I cant get to the WACOM control panel, so I'm gonna try out the tablet pc drivers for vista, and see if i can get into the control panel then, i just really want to map my tablet to my screen for now!  :'(

BTW once I try to open wacom control panel
Start-->Wacom-->Wacom tablets(or something similar) i get a message
Please reinstall the tablet software.
I also tried running it as an elevated legacy control panel with no result either

Hope I was a bit cler I'm still a bit sleepy ;)

~Demontiq~


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista
Post by: Drewid on September 30, 2010, 07:03:10 AM
The mighty Tirshea has a work around.   Utterly fantastic!!!  ;D ;D ;D

After more and more web crawling, I finally got it to work, here is what I did :

  • Grab an OLD version (http://www.wacom.com/downloads/driver-detail.php?id=149) of the drivers
  • And a NEW one (http://www.wacom.com/downloads/driver-detail.php?id=178). Note that this is NOT the latest version, which is intended.
  • Uninstall any remaining wacom drivers you have or this won't work, reboot as well.
  • Plug the Serial-to-USB adapter, install its drivers, check in the Device Manager that it is working and had its COM port number assigned, note it down
  • At this point my Wacom XD-1212-R was detected by Win7, but had the usual yellow warning / ! \, meaning it needed drivers
  • Install the NEW Wacom drivers, tablet still jad the warning sign in the Device Manager
  • Unzip the OLD drivers (yes it is a .exe but just a self-extracting ZIP) somewhere handy
  • In the Device Manager, click on the Tablet and "Update Driver", click through to specify a driver location, then browse to where you unzipped the old driver
  • Use the ".\WacomTablet_493-3\System32\Drivers\wtablet.inf" driver file, warning sign is gone \o/  but the tablet still wont work...
  • Now the trick, a registry tweak : Use Regedit and go to \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tablet". If the "Tablet" key doesn't exist, create it.
  • In the \Tablet, create a value just like the screenshot, named "PnPTablets" with a value of ",COM?" where the ? is your serial-to-usb adapter COM port number you noted earlier
  • Here I needed a last reboot


When Win7 finished rebooting, I had a fully working serial Intuos2 XD-1212-R, with pen pressure, angle and everything. The Wacom control panel is fully operationnal as well.

So YES we can ! use a serial tablet on Win7. I'm using the x32 version but I have read feedback saying it works just the same on x64.

I will also test the monitor I have for the infamous jitter test :)

Screenshots to help :

My Serial-USB adapter is a Channel+ brand, part number is U232-P9
(http://a.imageshack.us/img441/7524/img0191zp.th.jpg) (http://img441.imageshack.us/i/img0191zp.jpg/)

Wacom Control Panel (in french)
(http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/520/wacomcontrolpanel.png)

Registry tweak, note that the Tablet key is indeed different from the Wacom key
(http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/9914/wacomregedit.png)



Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista
Post by: Drewid on September 30, 2010, 07:10:57 AM
hey tirshea, I was re-reading your post about your registry hack -- and I just realized that you mentioned (with a nice picture) that "tablet" is a different key from "Wacom" -- what is the difference between those two keys again?
IIRC, the 'tablet' key is a legacy of the vintage serial drivers while new ones use 'wacom' key...

But this is from what I've read, don't know much more than that.

Meanwhile, I'm getting a multimeter on Wenesday, will keep you posted.


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on September 30, 2010, 05:53:09 PM
x64 bit windows is still "up in the air" -- still not convinced that it can work with Win7 64 bits. (which would be killer-awesome).


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: Drewid on October 12, 2010, 12:49:31 PM
Didn't work because vista couldn't see the .inf file for the "update driver" step. I seem to remember reading about a work around for that.
I guess if I knew which files it puts where I could copy them over by hand, (same with registry changes).

I wonder - can you dual boot 32 boot and 64 bit Win7?  

I'm back in the UK this weekend so I might get time to try again.


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: Drewid on October 28, 2010, 09:42:47 PM
Just found this for GD

Quote
Pavel Koshevoy


You need to install WacomTablet_605-7 -- you can get that from the Wacom website, that is the highest-version wacom driver that supports serial port tablets.  I got mine to work today.  Here are the steps I've taken:

Download http://www.wacom.com/downloads/driver-detail.php?id=178
Right-click on WacomTablet_605-7 and select properties
In the Compatibility Tab select "Run this program in compatibility mode for" Windows Vista
Select Run this program as an administrator in the Privelege Level group box
Apply and close the properties dialog
Run WacomTablet_605-7
After WacomTablet_605-7 finishes -- reboot
Once Win7 reboots you will have a functioning Wacom Tablet
I've done this on my own system running Windows 7 Ultimate x64.  Device manager still shows a warning triangle under Other Devices -> WACOM GD, but the Wacom 4D mouse and the Wacom Stylus both work.

I hope this helps,

    Pavel.

 

here
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itprogeneral/thread/cabc605a-e0ae-469c-bac9-3aa7be1dbc02


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: SiliconeClone on February 15, 2011, 11:53:00 PM
Same page as above but different method worked for me! Win 7 64bit (no USB - Serial) I have Serial Port on Computer.

GD-1212-R

Quote
As Posted By: Hamms

Setup:

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Intuos GD-0608-R (connected to serial port.)

Driver 6.10.6 (pro610-6_int.exe) (The one linked in Scherer's post. You can also get it by searching the European Wacom site; it won't appear in the Americas Wacom site.)

 

Here is the stream lined version of what I did.

1.  Before starting, download the international driver version 6.10.6. and uninstall all 'Wacom' and 'Tablet/Pen Tablet' entries using 'Control Panel>Uninstall a program'. Also, unplug any other tablets.

2.  Shut down the computer and connect the tablet to the serial port and plugged in tablet power supply.

3. Turn the computer back on. (At this point the tablet showed up in 'Device Manager' under 'Other devices' as 'WACOM GD'. Because the computer recognized the device, I didn't have to make any changes to the registry.)

4.  Right-click on the driver file and set compatibility mode to 'Windows 2000' and check the box for 'Run program as administrator'. Apply the changes. Install the driver and restart.

5. When the computer started up again the tablet was working, however, there was no 'Wacom Tablet Properties' in the start menu and I couldn't find it elsewhere. (If you have it, then congratulations, you're done and can ignore the rest of this post. If not...) Right click again on the Driver file and change compatibility mode to 'Windows Vista' (leave the 'Run program as administrator' box checked) and apply the changes. Double click on the file to install the drivers again and restart. This should give you the functionality of the Windows 2000 patch with the properties shortcut of the Windows Vista patch. (Be sure to install it using Windows 2000 compatibility mode first. When I tried installing it first with Vista compatibility mode, the tablet did not work.)

EDIT: This way just worked again on July 27th, 2011 on a GD-1218-R just an fyi


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: zagx on June 01, 2011, 11:51:54 AM
Hi!

I'm reading some post about the installation of UD1212R on Win Vista and Win7 with a serial to usb adapter and I got working, the UD1212R works, but I can't open the wacom tablet properties, it says that can't detect a tablet or a compatible tablet (depens of the version installed)

I tried with the last wacom drivers, with the 6.05-7, 6.10.6, 493-3, and only got working combining the Vtablet drivers with the original of wacom, but I can't setup anything. I tried using compatibility mode (W2000, WXP) without success.

Can you help me? The windows device manager detects the wacom like a generic wacom, is normal?

I tried the Tirshea, but I can't get the same results.

Thank you for your help
Regards


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on June 01, 2011, 12:13:07 PM
Do you have the pressure working in Photoshop?

(if you are brave and you can solder, you could try to embark on using my little waxbee project to convert your tablet to USB)


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: zagx on June 01, 2011, 12:42:45 PM
Hi!,

No, I don't have pressure on photoshop.

I have no problem with the soldering iron, I made my own Wacom DB9 wire yesterday, because I bought the UD1212R without it.

Thank you!

Edited: Now I tried it on Mac OS 10.6.7, with Tablet Magic and the PL-2303 Adapter driver and works perfectly, I think my problem are the Win drivers.


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on June 02, 2011, 03:00:10 AM
The Win drivers -- you have to hack your way to make it work. It is not easy but I know at least one person that did it for Win7 64 bits. Many failed. It is tricky and certainly not supported by Wacom -- any new version of the Windows operating system could potentially "break" your tablet.

I have a theory about your Win drivers: To have the pressure you need to successfully "install" the Wacom WinTab drivers (not the driver that only drives MS Ink Services driver). MS Ink Services allows you to use a lot of stuff on Windows but not Adobe products. It works with Art Rage.  You could try the demo version of Art Rage just to see if you get the pressure in there.

Another question, is the cursor moving in "absolute" or "relative" mode?  (Relative mode is like a mouse: totally useless for drawing IMHO).  In absolute mode you can make the mouse "jump" by first putting the pen in one corner, then removing the pen, then putting back the pen but on the opposite corner.  In Absolute mode. the cursor will "appear" (or "jump") in the other corner of the screen. In relative mode, the cursor will not move (much) and will certainly not jump.

---------------

Alternatively, *if* you are willing to try to use your soldering skills, I can guide you all the way to convert it. I have a UD-1212-R myself. Note that this project is in its infancy and thus you will be the second one to do it (after me). I am convinced that it will work fine (unless you physically break or burn something). You will have a "USB tablet" and be able to use the latest Wacom drivers for any current and future operating system. If you are willing, we can talk about the different approaches to find the one that suits you best. (safest/coolest/cheapest/etc)



Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: zagx on June 02, 2011, 09:54:32 AM
Thank you Bernard,

At this moment the Tablet works fine in Mac OS, in Windows work in absolute mode without pressure, and can't setup the proportions of the screen in the tablet...

works fine in XP? Because I can try to install and make it work in winxp and later try to update to vista hoping that conserves the old functional driver... what do you think?

Thank you!


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on June 02, 2011, 01:34:30 PM
Quote
Because I can try to install and make it work in winxp and later try to update to vista hoping that conserves the old functional driver
man, I have no clue. I would not even attempt that (personally).


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: zagx on June 02, 2011, 03:56:04 PM
Ok!  I have some work to do! When I try it I'll publish my results, maybe works, it's a arduous task, but if works I will be very happy!

When it works fine in all the systems I'll make the "dirty job" (cut the plastic case, etc etc)

Thank you!


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: SiliconeClone on June 04, 2011, 04:19:10 PM
Have you tried the method I posted that worked for me?

Try doing it from scratch. ie get rid of all drivers ect like it says in the post.

I have Win 7 Pro 64Bit and doing it that way worked beautifully for me.

Also if you are handy with the soldering iron I would give Bernard's USB Method a looksy, I have a teensy on order myself and after I crack mine open I might be swapping over. If for nothing other than updated drivers and greater compatibility (ie if I ever want to hook it to another computer without jumping through hoops)

What Windows OS are you using exactly? You state both Win 7 and Vista but never actually state which one you have. If you have Windows 7 and you have the harddrive room then try out WinXP Mode from MS. It is free Virtual Machine of Windows XP and all WinXP drivers and such will work in this sandbox. It is quite nice I have resorted to it for a few older pieces of  hardware I use from time to time that are no longer supported by current OSes.


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: ArtC on June 21, 2011, 01:45:12 AM
Hi Bernard I have tried all these methods here to attempt to get my UD 0608 R ArtzII working on Vista 64 bit, my tablet is recognized by windows and the closest I have come are the winxp drivers which actually cause the light on my usb to serial connection to blink as if there is information passing back and forth.....however when I restart the computer much to my dismay windows tell me that there is a tablet version mismatch and I am yankin my hair out here, I have tried permissions I have tried each and every work around I have found, all on this forum post here and more from other posts, i successfully got it working on my own before there was anything on the web about it in xp64 bit and thought I could do the same here.....but boy....this has been a tough one for me.....I know I am on the verge of it working....just not sure how to tell Vista to lay the heck off and let the driver load....any ideas?? Also while Vista is telling me its not working the light is blinking like it should just no input from the tablet......


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on June 21, 2011, 01:52:15 AM
I never even attempted to install any serial driver -- I built a hardware USB adapter and installed the USB drivers instead. :)   Maybe others can help


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: ArtC on June 21, 2011, 02:11:20 AM
My apologies


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on June 21, 2011, 02:51:14 AM
hey, don't apologize  :)   if I sounded harsh I apologize.  Like you are saying you seemed close. I am sure others that have more experience than me with this can give a hand to help.

The only help I can give is with converting it to a true USB tablet to be able to use the latest USB Wacom drivers. (A ~20$ hardware project which requires soldering). I never did the UD-0608-R ArtzII, but I am helping someone with a UD-1212-R which is quite close. I assume you will not want to go that route.

For the led, you only need to power it and it should lit "normally" (as you touch the pen on the tablet) -- no need to have the driver working.


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: ArtC on June 21, 2011, 03:03:08 AM
Oh no you did not sound harsh by any means...I am just careful on forums...especially when new, I may not be opposed to soldering an interface on given the functionality, but the only thing I have soldered computer related was when a power connector went out on for my (4) 4 pin power connector electricity hawg...I mean quadro fx card.... and I successfully refluxed my PS3, granted there was no soldering involved but it did require heat on a delicate circuit board and it works better and cools better than ever, but i am definitely pretty adept and have two more UD 0608 Rs laying round....where do I get started? Now that I read your post again maybe I misspoke my usb to serial adapter is not only blinking as its recognizing the tablet as out should but also reads the input from the tablet yet the cursor isn't moving.....


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on June 21, 2011, 06:18:51 AM
"Refluxed a PS3" -- oh! only that!   

*If* you want to convert to a USB (and solve all your Windows driver issues :) ) then start by opening the UD-0608-R case and take a picture of the controller section of the board (not sure if this is a separate board or the same as the sensor).  I assume you will see a MC145406 serial-level driver chip in there and a 5V regulator.  Please take close shots of these.  You can see a UD-1212-R controller board (and that mod) in the next sticky topic in the same forum section for reference: http://forum.bongofish.co.uk/index.php?topic=1930.msg14217#msg14217

This mod requires a Teensy 2.0 board (16$US+shipping), a mini-usb plug cable (like you have for a Canon PowerShot camera and lots of other devices) and a few wires to solder (you can rip wires off old IDE/floppy flat connectors, Cat 5/6 network cable or whatever works for you).

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Your USB to serial converter is really just a virtual serial port connected through USB, it is not "converting" to USB, it is just "tunneling" the serial port data through USB to expose it as a virtual serial port (COMx) inside the computer.  I am not surprised that "the cursor is not moving".  Wacom does not support serial boards anymore and any new version of Windows will potentially make it more and more difficult to make it work.

Note that my UD-xxxx-R support is not totally complete (pen moves + pressure for now), but adding the eraser, the 2 side switches and tilt (if your board supports it) should not be too difficult.  Other features like support for the "puck" (mouse) is not in the plan (I see no use of a mouse on a tablet, it is really awkward to use, it does not behave like a real mouse) but stuff like menu strip might get in.


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: ArtC on June 23, 2011, 02:22:21 AM
Hey Bernard....getting images hopefully this evening or the next and ordering my Teensy tomorrow......I found a tablet interface I thought would work for the time being called virual tablet interface and it broke photoshop very difficult to uninstall and zero support or forum options not to mention they want 75 dollars they say its a 30 day trial version but mine would not load up after being installed one day it was telling me I had to pay.....lol Teensy better way to go thank you so much be in touch soon!!!   :D


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: ArtC on June 23, 2011, 05:49:44 AM
I am moving my posts to the correct forum sorry for mucking up this forum with my q and a session if anyone is interested in how my conversion goes you can check out http://forum.bongofish.co.uk/index.php?topic=1942.0 as I will be posting pictures and updating progress daily my teensy board is on the way and with the help of a wonderful admin here, bernard, i am going to attempt the smartest thing I can do with this tablet as these were by far very good tablets in their day and are still quite capable! Thanks for all the help here....


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: zagx on July 06, 2011, 05:50:47 PM
Hello Again!

Well, at this time I'm working on the enclosure of my "Zax'tiq"  :P

When it is done, I will try all your tutorials until I got working on
PC.

I will post my tablet photos and some improvements that I want for work more confortably.

Regards!


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: Markos on November 14, 2012, 10:58:05 PM
hey, don't apologize  :)   if I sounded harsh I apologize.  Like you are saying you seemed close. I am sure others that have more experience than me with this can give a hand to help.

The only help I can give is with converting it to a true USB tablet to be able to use the latest USB Wacom drivers. (A ~20$ hardware project which requires soldering). I never did the UD-0608-R ArtzII, but I am helping someone with a UD-1212-R which is quite close. I assume you will not want to go that route.

For the led, you only need to power it and it should lit "normally" (as you touch the pen on the tablet) -- no need to have the driver working.
I want to try my UD1212R thru a serial-USB adapter. It is recognized in Windows but when I want to install the drivers it can't find him. It ask if the led is turned on, but it isnt. I guess it should be on? What can cause that it isn't on?


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on November 15, 2012, 03:10:54 AM
For the LED (on the tablet), do you have the original cable and power adapter for your tablet? Powering the tablet is all you need to get the led to react.

like i said , if you are planning on using this on a recent version of windows it might be difficult to find drivers. A lot of people failed. Especially going through a USB-Serial adapter.


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: Markos on November 15, 2012, 12:27:01 PM
Hmmm I must be blind, I didnt notice the power input on the serial cable. Sorry for that. But the power cable wasnt included when I bought this tablet. Can I use another power cable? What specifications does it need?
I still want to convert it to USB but I wanted to test the serial>usb adapter method first because I already have that adapter and the chip for Waxbee I dont have jet


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on November 15, 2012, 04:03:04 PM
Power requirement is written on the back of the tablet on the sticker. From memory, it can be any voltage from 9V to 12V DC (not AC!). I do not remember the mAmps, but it is fairly low. If it is 100mAmps (0.1 A), then any adapter that provides 100mAmps (0.1 Amps) or more will do. For example, DC output: 9 Volts @ 250 mAmps will be fine. You have to watch for the polarity though so you do not burn the tablet. (ground center or +9V center?).

Do you have a multimeter? You can figure out which one is ground on the connector. We might have that information on the forum somewhere as well. Would need to dig.

If, instead, you have already have access to 5V (like from a broken USB plug!) and it is OK with you to open your tablet. You could solder a 2 wires inside in specific spots (without cutting anything, so you can remove it afterwards) and power the tablet this way, the serial port should work fine. Really, the tablet works at 5V internally. the 9V-12V go through a step-down regulator and feeds 5V to the tablet. At first I thought the serial power was powered by the 9V, but no, I think the only thing that is powered by the 9V is the 5V regulator!

The tablet will not work without power for sure.

Depending on where you get your power adapter from (if you buy it), it might be more expensive than a Teensy!


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: Markos on November 15, 2012, 06:03:00 PM
Thnx for the fast reponse. I already ordered a ATMEGA32U4 chip, but have to wait until it is here. And I am curious if I can get it working with a serial>usb adapter. And at this moment, I dont know if the tablet itself works or not.

This is on the sticker on the tablet:
(http://i1310.photobucket.com/albums/s658/MarkosMark/Photo08-11-12213816_zps6644cb5e.jpg)

I found this adapter at home with a plug that fits:
(http://i1310.photobucket.com/albums/s658/MarkosMark/IMG_2239.jpg)

So this might do the trick right? I have a multimeter, but don't know how to work with it. How can I messure it?


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on November 16, 2012, 03:26:34 AM
Tablet = 0.14A = 140mAmps.  Your adapter says 300mAmps -- so it can provide well enough power. Perfect.  Set it to a lower voltage (like 9v) to start with. I never trust these old adapters.  Find a matching plug.  Now the tricky part:  you have to find the polarity. That means, in which way to position the little connector (- or +). 

Why is the polarity is important? Well, if the tablet is not well protected, inverting the polarity can toast it. 

You can play Russian Roulette and try one way (for a very, very brief moment, and you can try at 6V to start with to be on the safe side).  You have to closely watch the LED: if it lits, even for a split second, it is the good polarity. If it does not lit, it may be because of numerous reasons.

But if you want to play safe, you will have to open the tablet.

Send me a picture of your multimeter, so I will tell you how to use it. You will want to do two types of measurements with it:  #1- test the voltage (coming out of the adapter) and, #2- do what is called a "continuity test" (often has an option to "beep" when the probes are "touching").

Those old adapters will typically yield the "wrong" voltage when there is nothing connected to it. They will output higher voltages. Measuring the voltage coming out of the adapter alone is a good start (to double-check the polarity if we can trust the - and the + signs written on the label).

In short, we want to discover which side of the plug is the "ground" (also denoted as - (minus) and colored black). The other side + (plus) is the 9V and is typically color-coded red.

You ordered a ATMEGA32U4 chip?  Just the chip alone?  What did you order exactly?


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: Alan on January 06, 2013, 09:43:14 PM
Same page as above but different method worked for me! Win 7 64bit (no USB - Serial) I have Serial Port on Computer.

GD-1212-R

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As Posted By: Hamms

Setup:

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Intuos GD-0608-R (connected to serial port.)

Driver 6.10.6 (pro610-6_int.exe) (The one linked in Scherer's post. You can also get it by searching the European Wacom site; it won't appear in the Americas Wacom site.)

 

Here is the stream lined version of what I did.

1.  Before starting, download the international driver version 6.10.6. and uninstall all 'Wacom' and 'Tablet/Pen Tablet' entries using 'Control Panel>Uninstall a program'. Also, unplug any other tablets.

2.  Shut down the computer and connect the tablet to the serial port and plugged in tablet power supply.

3. Turn the computer back on. (At this point the tablet showed up in 'Device Manager' under 'Other devices' as 'WACOM GD'. Because the computer recognized the device, I didn't have to make any changes to the registry.)

4.  Right-click on the driver file and set compatibility mode to 'Windows 2000' and check the box for 'Run program as administrator'. Apply the changes. Install the driver and restart.

5. When the computer started up again the tablet was working, however, there was no 'Wacom Tablet Properties' in the start menu and I couldn't find it elsewhere. (If you have it, then congratulations, you're done and can ignore the rest of this post. If not...) Right click again on the Driver file and change compatibility mode to 'Windows Vista' (leave the 'Run program as administrator' box checked) and apply the changes. Double click on the file to install the drivers again and restart. This should give you the functionality of the Windows 2000 patch with the properties shortcut of the Windows Vista patch. (Be sure to install it using Windows 2000 compatibility mode first. When I tried installing it first with Vista compatibility mode, the tablet did not work.)

EDIT: This way just worked again on July 27th, 2011 on a GD-1218-R just an fyi


I tried this many times with 2x PL-2303 usb-serial, but every time it found the device but no drivers :(


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on January 07, 2013, 07:06:24 AM
Making it work with a usb-serial adapter is harder than with a "real" serial port.


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: Agerkvist on March 25, 2013, 12:16:54 AM
So this is an old topic, but as I might be getting my hands on a GD 1209 or GD 1212 its interesting to me - the one I'll be getting is with USB tho, and from what I read that should work well enough with win 7? Seems like its the serial connected ones with trouble?


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on March 25, 2013, 02:36:59 AM
Actually, it might become the reverse. GDs are Intuos (1).  Look for drivers for Intuos for your OS.  I discovered recently that Intuos2 does not have a driver for Windows 8 (but it might just work with Windows 7 version, would have to check it out). I have no clue if this is a temporary solution or really, Wacom is slowly "dropping" their old tablets.  We should try to search Wacom forums about this or post them a question.

With the serial tablet converted using WaxBee, it now emulates Intuos2 which might be a limitation today for Win8 users. We will (eventually) update WaxBee to emulate a more recent Intuos. That way, it will be possible to have any serial tablets supported in Win8. For the USB tablets, you are stuck with the support Wacom is offering.



Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: Agerkvist on March 25, 2013, 09:14:04 PM
Ah but what was I worrying about - I just got the tablet and it works flawlessly. Now lets take it apart! :)

I'll update my original thread with progress.


Title: Re: Getting a UD1212R (and other serial tablets) to work on Vista and Win7
Post by: bernard on November 09, 2013, 03:37:26 PM
Yes?  That is awesome!  Any special steps to allow that?  In short what are the steps to install in "windows 2000 compatibility mode" -- And which version was this? 

I am picking your brain for the people that would want to try it, it's been a very bumpy road, so the more info we have, the better.

Your Windows installation is 32 bits. I wonder if the same is true with Windows 7 (or even 8) 64 bits?

On that note, someone else was able to install the Windows 7 USB drivers under Windows 8 64 bits.