EZ CINTIQ. How to build a DIY Cintiq, it's easier than a DIY PC!
What you need to build your own DIY Cintiq using the steps on this site.
This page provides general information - for details, check the individual designs on the products page.
A graphics tablet:
Wacom Intuos4 Large, Wacom Intuos3 A4, Wacom Intuos2 9x12 or Wacom UD 12x12. Other tablets
might work but haven't been tested here.
An Enclosure Kit
For your tablet, check the products page.
A Laptop LCD screen or a Monitor screen for the larger XL build.
Buy one used or new, take one out of an old laptop. The size to use depends on the tablet you have:
Wacom Intuos4 Large 15.4 inch screen.
Wacom Intuos3 A4, Wacom Intuos2 9x12 or Wacom UD 12x12, 15 inch screen.
In the videos, the Intuos4 version uses an LG Display LP154WX4 1280x800 or AUO B154EW01
1280x800 (which is easier to strip) . The Intuos3 version uses a BOE HV150UX1-101 UXGA 1600x1200
or B150XG02 1024x768 (which can suffer with more jitter).
You could also use a regular monitor screen, but unless it has been pre-stripped it will be a lot of extra
work. Check Ebay for your screen - it doesn't have to be new. There are of course loads of sites around
the web where you can find these screens. Remember that the higher the resolution, the more
expensive the screen is. A 1280x800 screen works just as well as a higher res one. If you do go the
regular monitor route, check out forum.bongofish.co.uk
Select a screen with only one PCB (printed circuit board) on the back, otherwise you will need to track
down additional extension cables = more work and more time. See Fig 1, Fig 2 and Fig 3 below.
An LCD Controller Kit
This must have the following: Controller board, inverter, LVDS cable, control panel and power
supply (Fig 4. Below).
Electrical Insulation tape/good old fashioned cello tape.
A small file kit may be necessary - for the odd laser cut inaccuracy.
Model spray paint - not essential but for decorating if you so wish
Masking tape - if need to paint
Manifesting as cursor jitter, random clicks and dropouts, interference is a problem that can affect
commercial Cintiqs. So it's not a surprise that this can occur in a DIY project. Generally Wacom tablets
result in the least jitter. In most cases it is restricted to the edges of the screen.
Things you can do to reduce interference:
Using the optimal resolution for your LCD screen.
Experiment with the refresh rates - sometimes higher rates reduce jitter.
Read the Wacom manual for your tablet for additional solutions to interference.
Increase the "hardness" of your pen tip in the Wacom control panel.
Random clicks are often right-mouse clicks, so in the Wacom control panel, move the right click to the
second pen button and disable the first pen button. Or use the “press and click” setting to use these
Set your tablet to “recognition” (double click your tablet icon in the tablet properties) - tip courtesy of
Some simple shielding : measure two layers of regular tin foil to fit behind the tablet. You will need to
insulate this foil (on both sides) with layers of tape or a sheet of paper in the same way that the panel
circuit board needs insulating ( Look at this video from 1:24 for an explanation). It appears that there
are tablets out there that operate at a frequency that require shielding from the controller.
Try using your DIY Cintiq on a different computer.
Use a VGA/DVI connector
Interference can also be caused by a faulty LCD power supply, so get it tested if the
simple solutions fail.
Shielding the various PCBs - check forum.bongofish.co.uk.
Grounding the PCBs - Check forum.bongofish.co.uk
Note that none of the builds shown on this site required any grounding.
Calibrating your DIY Cintiq
Have a look at our calibration guide.
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