View Full Version : Ancient Wacom tablet help
05-12-2012, 12:06 PM
I found 2 Wacom tablets at a garage sale this morning with out pens.
Is it possible to use any stylus on it or is the pen special?
Are the pens universal?
I have a
4x6 Graphire (ET-0405-U) USB and a
7x9 Intuos (GD-0608-R) Serial.
Any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated.
05-12-2012, 04:08 PM
I'm being very lazy here.. but you can order new wacom pens (I think they come in set of 5 or 10). Actually that may be just the "nubs" since Dane chewed mine off. I'm still not sure why they sell just those, it's not like I've ever worn one out. Just had the baby chew one up. How many people does that really happen to?
05-12-2012, 09:07 PM
i saw the nubs but the ones i have the pens were hard to find, I think i found on in South Korea on Ebay so I'll know in a few weeks when it arrives.
05-13-2012, 06:36 AM
I wonder why they are so hard to find? Maybe all the power of the tablets in the pens.
05-13-2012, 06:51 AM
I struggled to find a new pen for my Wacom tablet unless I paid nearly as much as a new one, so I gave up and bought a new wacom tablet on Ebay, it worked out at a similar price for me :(
05-22-2012, 06:49 PM
I just googled this because I was curious, I keep my pen in a little protective case up high in the office so little fingers won't touch because I am paranoid about losing it! lol :))
In short, no.
The graphics tablet pen is detected by the tablet itself because of something in the stylus - the most common method currently being Wacom's "penabled" technology. For this, a coil located in the pen interacts with the magnetic field produced by the tablet, producing a current to power the pen. This lets the pen - which has quite a bit of circuitry in it, actually - to communicate with the tablet. The tablet, in turn, has a grid of wires running across it which lets it detect the location of the pen according to the pen's own magnetic field.
So, really, there's an awful lot of technology in your pen, all of which is necessary to let it do what it does. There's a good reason for them being so expensive!"
05-24-2012, 08:20 PM
thanks for the great help Kimberly, that helps me understand a lot more.
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