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UberPippi
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« on: August 29, 2011, 06:22:51 PM »

So I'm a huge geek, and I've built my own computers and have handled electronics before, but this would by far be my most advanced undertaking.  It seems like a great idea though! 

I know that I could get the package from tabletmod, but it seems pretty expensive, and if at all possible, I'd love to try to do a 12 x 18 build. 

I don't have any of the parts yet, so I'm not locked into any one tablet or monitor, but I'd like as few surprises as possible once I get this thing open.  I'm also pretty poor, so I'm scared of wasting money on a monitor that won't work. 

First, I see a couple tablets on Ebay that are Intuos 2.  One is serial and one is USB.  They both say that they're used, but they work.  They're about $150-250.  Can these be used?  Is there a major difference between the Intuos 2 and the 3 or 4?

Second, is there any monitor that's confirmed working with minimum modification for the 12 x 18 tablets?  What criteria would make a monitor a good candidate?  I can follow instructions really well, but I'm afraid of when it comes to having to make a decision on my own because I have some issue that hasn't been encountered yet.  I've never soldered or dremeled anything before, and while I think I can do it, I'd like to rely on it as minimally as possible.

I'm really nervous, but I think I can do this.  I just want to get a little more information before I hit that purchase button.  I'm excited at being able to have something really functional that I built by myself, but some reassuring hugs would be greatly appreciated Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2011, 07:13:20 PM »

Ultrapad (ArtZ II, DigitizerII), Intuos, Intuos2, Intuos3, Intuo4   -- I think (that's a personal opinion) the specs are all good. 256 pressures or 2048 ?   I do not even understand why one would need more than 256(!).   They all do tiltx/y (some older ROM versions of Ultrapads do not). Ultrapads can do 2540 ppi -- which, I think, is more than good enough. 

So getting a Intuos4 give you the side keys and stuff, which is nice, but one can do without it as well.  I guess it depends on what you want.

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USB / Serial / ADB   --- if you want to stay away from soldering and from driver-install-hell, stick with USB. Note that Serial and ADB can now be converted to USB inexpensively with the waxbee project (but that requires soldering).

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If "money" is the thing you want to keep absolutely down, then hunt for deals on the internet or even local PC used/repair shops (like finding a broken laptop but with a working screen) -- it might take time, you need patience.

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