I picked up the Wacom Intuos 5 a long time ago when my ancient Graphire 4 died. All my gear is old, my computer is a late 2009 iMac and I should have replaced it 6 years ago with a new model etch a sketch. I have an abacus that is newer. While the poor state of my computer is an article for another time, I’d like to talk about what to do if you’ve broke your Wacom in the same exact way I broke mine. It’s an extremely common problem.
The chances are good that you have or will break the USB port if you use one of these things.
Now, some people have had success in resoldering the USB port, but there’s a chance that trying that will brick the tablet. Since I only know how to solder copper pipes together, I was not going to try it myself. Also, no electronic repair guy would touch mine.
Here’s the best solution: buy a new one. If that’s not in the cards, and it wasn’t for me, this is what you can do and it still invovles buying a few items.
Wireless kit. If your Wacom USB port is broken and will not talk to your computer you will need this.
Now. The wireless kit comes with a battery, and the battery normally charges via the USB cable, through the port that is BROKEN! So…
Battery Charger. You will need something like this for the battery. The universal chargers have little adjustable prongs on the side and a spring loaded slider to grip the battery in place. It’ll charge any kind of cell phone style battery, I’ve charged camera batteries when the damn proprietary charging cord has been lost to gods knows where.
One headache of the variety that probably only happens to me was that the first charger I bought never showed up in the mail. POOF. VANISHED. Was never found. Amazon, the battery charger company and USPS were unable to do anything. The second charger I bought–different company–was defective, but I was eventually sent a replacement and a refund as a bribe to remove my negative comments.
Now I did look for these kinds of chargers locally. I couldn’t find them anywhere. Your luck might be different, but I had to go online.
On a full charge the battery lasts as long I can stand to sit in one place and work on my maps… which is a long time. With any battery is a good idea to only charge it when it gets low… there’s something called “battery memory” that kills the life span if reutinely charged before they’re completely dead. Or so my dad says. Who knows. I charge mine over night every so often and pray for the best.
I suppose I’ll write article on my other computer problems. I might explain why my keyboard is in a shadowboard made of foam that you would normally only see in roll around toolboxes. Short answer: cats are assholes.