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Bug 1512253 - Most buttons not detected on Bamboo Ink Stylus
Summary: Most buttons not detected on Bamboo Ink Stylus
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: bluez
Version: 26
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Don Zickus
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-11-12 02:59 UTC by gabe
Modified: 2017-11-14 01:44 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2017-11-13 00:51:36 UTC

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Description gabe 2017-11-12 02:59:37 UTC
Description of problem:

When using the Bamboo Ink Bluetooth stylus, two of the three buttons are not registered. (

xinput does not see the buttons. xsetwacom does not see it as a stylus at all.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

* xsetwacom version 0.34.2
* xinput version 1.6.2
* XI version 2.3
* bluetoothctl version 5.46
* uname -a >>> Linux Gappleto-Inspiron 4.13.11-200.fc26.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Nov 2 18:28:35 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Pair/connect the stylus
2. Bring close to screen
3. Press button nearest stylus tip, notice that it does something
4. Press button closer to the middle, notice that it does nothing, and is not detected by xinput
5. Press button at "eraser end", notice that it does nothing, and is not detected by xinput

Actual results:

These buttons are not detected by any component I know to test

Expected results:

These buttons should be detected

Additional info:

I am running Fedora 26 KDE if that affects anything

Comment 1 gabe 2017-11-12 21:20:44 UTC
Also, it does not show up at all under wireshark, though my other bluetooth devices do.

Comment 2 Peter Hutterer 2017-11-13 00:51:36 UTC
fwiw linuxwacom doesn't exist anymore as component, it got orphaned in the fedora 10 or so time frame.

regarding the bug: none of the bluetooth pens are supported, we don't have the specs for them and Wacom doesn't provide linux support for them. You could try reverse-engineering the protocol and adding it to bluez but other than that you're out of luck for now, sorry.

Comment 3 gabe 2017-11-13 02:58:57 UTC
Fair enough. It's not like this bug is mission critical, just mildly limiting.

I didn't really know what component to apply this to, since it seemed to touch several.

Do you have any recommendations as to what I could use to reverse engineer it, since it's not showing up in wireshark?

Comment 4 Peter Hutterer 2017-11-14 01:44:34 UTC
for the bamboo spark, I had some success with recording the bluetooth interaction on an android tablet (where the tablet works) and then analysing the recorded dumps with wireshark. Didn't get anywhere (yet) but it's one approach to get started.

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