Hey, I saw reference to a similar sort of issue in another post. Namely the issue was described as a "shoelace" effect where essentially what seems to happen is that there are gaps in the pressure sensitivity recognition. Mine most commonly seems to have issues with the lower end of the spectrum (under 40 or 50% pressure). sometimes this results in a broken line, but more often just a very thin line that transitions nearly immediately into a fatter line instead of transitioning smoothly. This problem is recent, and it didn't seem to be related to a time of installing any new driver or version of photoshop (this is the only program I use my intuos for currently). I have looked into it a bit and from the sound of it, it is possible that it could be an issue with the pen nib being too worn down (it doesn't seem terribly worn down to me but I have never replaced it) or maybe an issue with the mini usb port on the tablet (I switched out the cable and thried other usb ports on my computer--- there is currently only 1 working mini usb port on the tablet so I can't really test that). Here are some examples of the problem. sorry about the gigantic images... I'm not a big forum person so I just uploaded them at full size for lack of experience.
Well, I wouldn't say the eraser works ok, but it works better than the pen tip. Actually the eraser has been acting up for months so it probably isn't a good comparison. Do you think it is certainly an issue with the pen? Because I do not mind replacing it, but I just don't want to replace the pen and then find that I have to replace the tablet too, haha.
Thanks for your help! Actually I should have mentioned this, but my friend and I re-soddered the mini-usb port to the board-- could the kind of usb intereference you are talking about be caused by soddering issues? It all looked fine to us (no overlap) but maybe I should look again. We figured it was better to try and save it than to buy a new tablet (its warranty is long gone).
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USB interference is more like attaching the tablet to a non hub usb - so it's not regulating the required power correctly. I'm not sure if it's soldering issues tbh. If you decide to get another pen to test if it is the issue - keep in mind that at least the intuos has tool id, so another pen would not be a total waste. In addition it will work with an intuos 5 tablet as well.
Thanks again-- I again checked the soldering and fiddles with it a little (I didn't think it was enough to change anything) but now it seems to work (fingers crossed). I will also get a longer cable so I can try plugging it into one of my back panel usb connectors (the front panel ones are a bit wonky). Anyhow, thank you.