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Author Topic: 12 x 18 Build help  (Read 2093 times)
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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.


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).


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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