what os/apps to bring old tablet back to life?

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  1. Sephnroth

    Sephnroth Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hi everyone, I have been searching for somewhere on the internet to ask this and hope this is the right place.

    I have an old, x86 wacom based (i think) windows tablet. It has a pen, doesnt respond to finger touch needs pen. I think its model number is .. T something.. (im at work right now!)

    It's old. If my memory serves me it has a 900mhz celeron inside and a gig of ram (i expect i have another gig kicking around one of my boxes somewhere so i can make that 2gig).

    It was originally shipped with windows xp tablet edition and has a sticker+key for that OS on the back. But whoever I bought it off (ebay) installed windows 7 on it. It ran slow as hell. Had photoshop (i dont recall which version but i OWN CS3 for my desktop, but i suspect it had 2 on it from this seller) but it was not usable. It would lag whilst trying to draw and the app would freeze then suddenly come back to life and if you had drawn a nice curve it would draw a straight line from the point it was at when it froze to the point you're now at when it unfreezes. It would do this 8 or 9 times a minute, completely unusable!

    I've left it for months on a shelf and today I'm thinking how much I would like to use it again and I'm wondering if installing a more lightweight OS would be a good idea? I was even thinking of Linux but I have no idea which distros would have the support this tablet needs. It seems to me that if wiped and setup minimally i should be able to sketch/paint/take notes using SOMETHING that doesnt lag, even if that something is not photoshop.

    So.. any recommendations on OS and software choices if I wipe the thing and start from scratch?

    Many thanks
     
  2. WillAdams

    WillAdams Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    My ThinkPad X61t is much more pleasant to use running Linux (Ubuntu), save for having to use CellWriter rather than “real” handwriting recognition.

    I just use it for web browsing w/ Firefox, some light-weight drawing w/ Inkscape and controlling a 3D printer using RepetierHost.
     
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    Sephnroth Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hmm your think pad is a considerably more powerful device than this tablet - dual core @ 1.6ghz vs my single core 900mhz (old tech at that). I like Ubuntu as a distro very much but I was expecting to need something more specialised / lightweight. I just don't know what! I'm not against giving Ubuntu a try thou :)
     
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    How about turning your old tablet into a cheapo Cintiq-like, wired (or wirelessly connected) to your desktop? Here are the idea successfully put into practice
    http://www.ersatzhaderach.com/blog/...bled-tablet-pc-into-a-networkable-art-tablet/
    http://kinggeek.co.uk/projects/item/27-diytablet/27-diytablet
    (These guys also contributed in this thread)

    It'd be the best option for your old machine if you could make it work imo. Meanwhile, try putting Windows XP Tablet edition again, and look for PaintToolSAI. The software is incredibly compact and efficient, largely known for working well even on old system.
     
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