Lenovo ThinkPad Pen Pro Troubleshooting
Some of these instructions are specific for Linux. All of them are the process I need to remember to walk through to get the pen working correctly. I also have 8 rechargeable AAAA batteries and two Pen Pros.
- Does the docked pen work? The docked pen is too uncomfortable to use for
long-term drawing and it’s only for testing at this point.
- If no, check
sudo rmmod wacom; sudo modprobe wacom
- If no, check
- Does the Pen Pro work on another ThinkPad? I have two Yogas: a personal one
and one for work.
- If yes, try restarting the one the pen does not work on.
- Try all batteries in the first Pen Pro.
- Remove the existing battery.
- Put the new battery in but don’t screw the cap on all the way.
- Hold the pen tip up to the screen.
- Slowly screw the top on, then unscrew it.
- If you see the mouse moving, congrats, you got it.
- If not try a new battery.
- Try all batteries in the other Pen Pro.
- If no batteries work in any Pen Pro, recharge all the batteries and try again.
- If they still don’t work, clean the screw threads in the caps of the pens with alcohol and try again.
- If they still don’t work, add conductive thread to the cap to increase the contact area, though I don’t know how much that helps now that I’ve had that setup for about a year now.
I really hate needing styluses that take or contain batteries. Older Wacoms (and Samsung S-Pens) were fine without them. :/ And I hate the idea of buying a bunch of AAAA alkaline batteries and throwing them away just to draw.