How to use Huion 420 with Ubuntu

Writing using Huion 420 in the Xournal app on Ubuntu
Writing using Huion 420 in the Xournal app on Ubuntu

Huion 420 is an inexpensive graphics tablet and stylus. It can be used to write, mark, draw or sign in Linux apps.

  • The DIGImend drivers support Huion graphics tablets. The 420 is supported in v5 of these drivers.

  • If you are using Linux kernel v3.17 or later, these drivers are already merged into it. Huion 420 will work correctly when you plug the tablet in.

  • If you are using Linux kernel version less than 3.17, then the Huion 420 stylus will appear to move on the display, but it has problems. For example, it will be restricted to the top-left region of the display.

  • To get full support for Huion 420, download the DIGImend v5 drivers from here. The file to download is named digimend-kernel-drivers-5.tar.gz.

  • Unzip the downloaded file. Run make to build the drivers.

  • Remove the existing Huion driver that might have been loaded:

$ sudo rmmod hid-huion
  • Install the new drivers using sudo make install

  • Unplug and plug back the Huion 420. You should be able to use the stylus to operate the whole display area, write and draw now.

Tried with: Linux kernel 3.13.0-44 and Ubuntu 14.04

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2 thoughts on “How to use Huion 420 with Ubuntu

  1. How did it build sucsessuly if you kernel is older than 3.5?

    The readme in v5 says

    “Kernel v3.5 or newer is required. Kernel headers or the build tree for the
    running kernel are required.”

    Was a newer Kernel not required when you used Digimen?

    When I try to make the extracheted zip file I get

    “make[1]: *** /lib/modules/3.14.0/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
    Makefile:10: recipe for target ‘modules’ failed
    make: *** [modules] Error 2”

    Seems to be beacase of my kernel but your older kernel(3.13) ran perfectly

    Any ideas?

    Like

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