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Aiptek / Optoma Pi-500 + 17" Powerbook = Suffering!


Man, I'm really feeling that "10% of the market" disadvantage today...

I love my 17" Powerbook, but I bought a 15" Optoma Pi-1500 Tablet Monitor because I read alot of positive reviews on, and the Pi-500's brochure claims that it is Mac compatible (

But it isn't... They don't mention it anywhere, but they never really claim ANY OS 10 support, but even their OS 9 support is virtually unusable. With completely inaccurate and inadequate calibration, etc.

I guess the tablet components are built by Aiptek, and they have some drivers for OS 10.1 and 10.2, but not for 10.4... So I've just been going around in circles trying to make this work.

It works just fine as a secondary monitor, and the pen registers for movement, but there is no "click" functionality.

The strange thing is... and this is the most vexing and hopeful thing, is that one time... all of the sudden... it started working!!! I don't know if it was the OS 10.2 drivers that I installed, or the Wacom drivers which I installed (out of sheer hope), but the click function was working, but with no pressure sensitivity. Still, it was usable. I was elated!!

But knowing it was probably just a fluke, i restarted, and... it stopped working.

Apparently there are some aiptek drivers for X window, and I guess OS 10 can run X or something...but, does anyone have ideas ideas which could help me? Or some links to a 3rd party driver?

Please help me if you can,
(email me if you're super nice!)

Ryan N

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