Ever wondered about what a graphics tablet’s guts look like? Here’s a peek.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Why do I have my poor Huion opened up here? Because I was a clumsy idiot and spilled coffee on it.



蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Ideally, we’d all avoid drinking at our desks. Or have sippy cups or something. But nobody is perfect, and shit happens. In the event that you’re clumsy like me, I humbly present:



*a screwdriver, preferably from an electronics-geared screwdriver set (my tablet had little Philips-head screws)

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载*a container to gather your screws so you don’t lose them

*nitrile gloves (the kind your dentist uses)

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载*isopropyl alcohol (I used 99% concentration; you can use 91% if that’s what you have access to, but it won’t evaporate as quickly)

*eye protection (woodshop glasses, lab goggles, etc)

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载*cotton swabs / paper towels / an old or cheap toothbrush


Work in a well-ventilated area. Isopropyl alcohol gives off fumes you Do Not Want To Inhale A Lot Of™. If you have any form of lung protection, now is the time to wear it.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Similarly, you don’t want highly-concentrated isopropyl alcohol on your skin. That’s what the gloves are for. You may also want to wear an apron, in case you spill it down your front.

You might cut yourself on plastic / metal edges of your tablet, or have a piece of plastic snap off and try to ping you in the eye. The latter is what the eye protection is for. As for the former: go slow and be careful during disassembly.

If you’re not comfortable with working on electronics, find someone in your circles who is. This procedure is theoretically safe, but if your tablet has a rechargeable battery in it, there runs the risk of electrical shock.

This WILL void your warranty. In an ideal world, you’d only do this if your warranty is expired anyway, like mine is, or else on a tablet you can afford to replace. Once you open up your tablet, the manufacturer / retailer can no longer help you with it.

In short: YOU and YOU ALONE are responsible for your safety, and for the results of your work. I have informed you of the risks, and therefore I am not responsible for any errors you may make. If you screw up and hurt yourself / wreck your tablet / rip a hole in space-time, that’s your problem.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载With that all said, let’s hop to it! ☆゚°˖* ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ


Step 1: unplug tablet as soon as something spills on it. 蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Tilt the tablet so the liquid flows AWAY from the hotkeys and USB port; you don’t want that circuitry to pick up any more of the spill than necessary. Drain as much liquid as will flow out of the tablet.

In my case, however, I wasn’t quick enough to get to step 2 while the spill was fresh; I got my tablet apart after the coffee got to dry and leave syrupy residue behind. I shall henceforth refer to this residue as “sticky crap”.

Step 2: Pop the back off the tablet. The screws are likely to be under any rubber feet the tablet may have (as in my case), but they might be exposed, depending on the model. In addition, my tablet had little pressure clips along the sides, holding the panel in; I pried one side open with my screwdriver (although something like a butter / palette knife may have worked better) and pulled the panel off.

Step 3: If your tablet has a battery, unplug it from the circuit board. (If it’s not unpluggable, then your tablet manufacturer is a jerk. Desoldering, unfortunately, is beyond the scope of this guide.)

Step 4: Undo all the screws holding the circuit board in place. At this point, I was faced with a metal plate - likely an RF shield. That will lift off once all the screws are out, and when any tape holding the edges is removed.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Be smarter than I was - take a photo of your assembly BEFORE you start taking out screws, so you know where they all go back. Not all of my tablet’s screw holes had screws in them.

Wipe up any remaining standing liquid with a paper towel as you find it.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Step 5: My metal plate had a plastic sheet between it and the circuit board. They both lifted off easily.

Chances are, depending on the nature of the spill, these metal and plastic sheets will have sticky crap on them. Mine sure did. Apply isopropyl alcohol and scrub off whatever sticky crap has accumulated. Do the same for the back of the circuit board, the big part that corresponds to the active area of your tablet. Let the isopropyl alcohol evaporate.

Step 6: You’ll likely see some foil tape covering up a small part of the board to the side of the active area. Peel that up gently. (Try not to get hairs / lint / etc stuck to it. You can get them off with isopropyl alcohol, but it will reduce the stickiness.) Clean up the sticky crap off the part of the back of the board where the circuitry is. The cotton swabs are invaluable here for a gentler touch.

Step 7: Gently remove the circuit board from the case plastic and set it aside somewhere safe. Clean any sticky crap off the front of the board / the circuitry / in the USB port / the back of the buttons in the case.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Step 8: Examine the plastic case pieces for any sticky crap, and clean it off as needed.

Step 9: Reassemble tablet. Press back down any foil tape you peeled up from the circuitry, as neatly as possible; lay down the circuit board; lay the plastic sheet between the circuit board and the metal sheet; ensure everything lines up with the screw holes; refer to the picture you hopefully took in step 4 so you can remember where all the screws go.

Step 10: Walk away for like 10-15 minutes so any remaining isopropyl alcohol can dissipate.

Step 11: Plug in your tablet and pray.

My tablet has survived 2 courses of this treatment, from 2 different spills, and still works as well as it did before said spills. This is what worked for me; I do not guarantee it will work for every kind of spill, or for everyone who tries this. Your mileage may vary.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Apologies for the dash-eating post. I wrote this from my phone because my internet’s acting up.

Dear SAI Lovers:

Today I was kindly referred to a modded version of Paint Tool SAI for Windows 10  [link here] 蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载reputed to work properly with Monoprice tablets. I’ve given it a spin, and holy hell, it worked for me!


Words of caution: this is technically software piracy, but I’ve got no room to chastise people on that front. 8D

And now, I’ve got some explaining to do, regarding my usual recommendation against SAI… which I will place under a cut, so it doesn’t eat dashboards.

Keep reading

Hi! So I've had a Monoprice for a few months and it's worked fine but suddenly, just now, the pressure stopped working. CS6, SAI (don't give me your "SAI doesn't work" runaround- it's always worked perfectly for me with this tablet up until this point), Gimp, even in the driver test thing, no pressure comes up though the tablet still works as a mouse. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver, but whenever I restart for it to take effect it doesn't do anything. Help?

Last anon again- just to clarify. I downloaded the drivers from your faq, uninstalled everything once, and installed it via setup.exe. Every time, it tells me to restart. I do. Nothing happens. The tablet lights up when I touch it but the cursor doesn’t respond. It works when I turn on the HID ones, but when they’re off nothing. I also don’t have the icon on the taskbar. It’s like it’s not installing at all. I’ve restarted many times, nothing. It worked fine for so long :/

Hello, anon – I see you’ve done your homework, so now we dive into the more esoteric solutions.

Have you tried a System Restore? More info about that can be found [here (question 15)]. Restore back to a date that was before you were experiencing this problem.

On that same page (draw2much’s trusty legacy FAQ), it also mentions making an exception for the tablet driver in your antivirus software of choice.

A possible unorthodox solution: try reinstalling the driver over an existing installation, then restart. Years ago when my own tablet was misbehaving, I did this on my own system and things started working properly again.

Lastly, make sure the hardware side of things is still ok (fresh battery in pen, tablet cord not kinked up, etc). I believe your issues are computer-related, but it’s always good to make sure the tablet itself is still in working order.

I understand you’re likely frustrated, and with good reason! I can’t guarantee that any of this will solve your particular setup’s problems, but I always endeavor to do my best to help everyone. Once pressure sensitivity is back in the driver doodle box, we can (if necessary) troubleshoot art programs.

You can come back under a username if you’d like, so we can correspond privately in IMs or asks. :)

I have a new PC running windows 10 and I also just purchased a monoprice drawing tablet. Everything works great except for the pressure pen. Can you help me out?

Hey there, anon! I’ll do what I can to help.

Dumb question #1: did you install the tablet driver correctly?

Dumb question #2: did you install the proper driver for your tablet?

If no to either/both  of these questions: know that Windows is dumb and will not find the tablet driver automatically; you gotta install it yourself. I have a [Drivers] page that should help point in the right direction, but if that’s not helpful to you, you can IM me your exact tablet model and I’ll tell you what driver you need. If you didn’t install a driver at all, you’ll additionally want to check Device Manager for rogue Windows HID drivers and remove them; instructions [here].

Dumb question #3: what art program(s) are you using?

If you’re using Paint Tool SAI, I’m afraid you’re out of luck, anon. I have a list [here] of alternative programs you can try, though.

Feel free to come back under a username if you need more help, that way we can message privately! ´ ▽ ` )ノ

Hi Monoprice Messiah you might be my last hope! I built a new pc but didnt get a cd drive as i thought i would never need it (a correct assumption if monoprice drivers werent a thing). I hoped windows 10 would find suitable drivers but the ones they found dont work. I can click with the pen but it has no movement. I tried downloading drivers from uc logic legacy drivers page but that didnt work either. Any ideas where to go from here? P.S the name is awesome.

Hello there, anon – I hope this answer isn’t coming too late. (P.S.: Thank you!)

The driver you need depends on the exact tablet model you purchased. You can come back under a username and IM me your purchase link, if you’d like! That way I can easily tell you which driver is most appropriate.

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Since you said you’ve let Windows try and find drivers for the tablet, we’ve hit a tiny snag. Easy enough to fix: just open Device Manager (fastest way in Windows 10 is by right-clicking the Start button and picking Device Manager from the menu that pops up) and look for something called Human Interface Devices. If you see a ton of generic Windows HIDs, or just ones you don’t recognize, delete them!

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载For reference, with no other external devices (mice, game controllers, etc), just my Monoprice, this is what my HID section looks like under Windows 10:


Once making sure Device Manager is clean and any previous drivers have been uninstalled (Start>Tablet>Uninstall), you can proceed with the correct driver.

Lastly: are you attempting to use Paint Tool Sai? If so, you’re out of luck, my friend :( Try Krita instead!

I hope this helps out!

I just spent 4 days getting my trusty old Monoprice to work on a new Windows 10 computer, and I was SO happy when I figured it out (run the driver as administrator, check "Support Tablet PC"!) but then my pen broke, and my new one just arrived. Now pressure isn't working even with Support Tablet PC checked. There aren't any tutorials for Win10, but usually the same solutions work for both Win8 and 10 so any ideas for fixing this are appreciated!! Thanks in advance! B')

Hey there, anon! If pressure was working fine with your previous pen, but isn’t working out with your new one, I’d check the new pen first before anything else. I assume you don’t have pressure sensitivity working even when doodling in the driver panel’s Pressure tab?

As far as your new pen goes: ensure that 1) the nib is in correctly (not too loose, not too tight), and 2) the battery is properly installed. Also: Was your old pen completely effed up beyond usability, or just starting to fall apart? I ask because I had to replace a pen a while back because it stopped holding together correctly – it still drew fine, but it kept coming apart in my hand. If your old pen is in the latter category (still usable but falling apart) and you still have it, try and see if pressure sensitivity’s screwed with it as well, or just with the new pen.

Before we call the pen a dud and RMA it, though, let’s check your driver installation too. I assume at this point that all should still be well with it, if nothing on your computer’s changed in between swapping tablet pens.

The basic install procedure is unchanged: download the driver .zip, extract its entire contents to a folder on your desktop, run SETUP.EXE from inside that folder and follow the prompts. etc. etc. Uninstallation, ditto: Start Menu > All Programs > Tablet > Uninstall, follow prompts.

For the most part, you are correct in assuming solutions that worked under Windows 8 work in 10 as well – there of course are always minor differences between OSes, so one thing may be called something else in a different version, etc. The legacy UC-Logic driver works just fine under Windows 10; I use it myself for my ol’ 9x12″ tablet.

(Normally I recommend keeping Support Tablet PC unchecked in driver settings, because Tablet PC features are meant for actual Tablet PCs and not graphics tablet peripherals, but hey – if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it, right? :p )

Lastly: is pressure sensitivity borked with a specific art program, or in general (ie unable to doodle in the Pressure tab)?

Feel free to come back under a username, anon – I can correspond privately with you through asks or Tumblr’s new IM thing. :>

Hey there! I have a simple Monoprice 4x3 and trying to start learning digital drawing. However I have some major driver issues. I'm on Windows 10 and after installing any drivers I can't get anything to work. For example the image you posted in response to smaax a week ago; I'm not able to open this window at all. I have no system tray icon that allows me to and I'm pretty lost. Any help/suggestions? Thanks!

Hello, anon!

On my system, using the driver available here http://www.uc-logic.com/index.php?lang=en&action=support&cid=17, the icon in my system tray looks like this:


Anon, I would like you to first uninstall any driver you may have installed previously, restart your computer, then install the one I linked, restart again, open services.msc (hit Windows key+S and search for it) and verify that something called WinTab Service is running, then plug your tablet in. That’s the procedure I followed when I had to reinstall my own driver a few days ago.

Windows might try to install its own drivers when you plug the tablet in after all this, but Windows 10 seems to be better about letting your tablet behave properly despite that. … If that makes any sense. OTL

That driver I’m linking to for-sure works with Windows 10 – it’s the one I use now. Make sure to extract the entire contents of the .zip file to a folder, then run SETUP.EXE from within that folder and follow the prompts it gives you. As for uninstalling the tablet driver (be it from Monoprice, UC-Logic, Huion, et. al.), go Start Menu > Tablet > Uninstall and follow all the prompts, including restarting..

I hope this helps! c:

If, after following all that, you’re still not seeing that icon when your tablet’s plugged in – that’s indicative of your computer being a fussbucket for other, possibly esoteric reasons. Sometimes combinations of restarting with the tablet plugged in, restarting and then plugging the tablet in, reinstalling the driver over your existing installation, etc. will cajole things into working again.

A final note: if you have something like a fancy gaming mouse / controller, or some other input peripheral with its own drivers, you’re probably going to have to decide if you’d rather have that or your tablet installed at all times. Monoprice tablets have a history of not playing nice with other pointing devices – not your fault!

Hi! I had problems with my Monoprice tablet earlier in the year, and I just wanted to point out that in the Pen Tablet settings that come with the tablet drivers, there is an option to Support PC Feature under the Info tab. This fixes any issues I had with the stock Windows Tablet Drivers, so I thought I might as well point it out to help someone else in the future.

Hi there, !

That checkbox you’re talking about is called “Support Tablet PC feature” – at least, in my (admittedly ancient) driver panel. Here’s a visual:


Checking that is supposed to make the tablet, well, support Windows’s Tablet PC features – many people have trouble with that, so my usual recommendation is to make sure it’s unchecked.

I’m glad to hear you got your problems sorted! Thanks for chiming in. ´ ▽ ` )ノ

Hey there, I really hope you can help me. I have been using my monoprice for the last two years with almost no issues (sometimes the driver stopped working and a reboot fixed it) But suddenly today my tablet stopped working. I tried uninstalling the drivers and reinstalling, I even tried the tablet on another PC (Both win 7) but every time I plug in the tablet (obs after installing the drivers and rebooting, and also on the pc that never had had a tablet installed) it pops up the windows driver installing window “searching for drivers”, and once it finishes, the tablet appears with a generic name and “successfully installed” but it doesn’t recognizes it at all. (when I touch the tablet with the button, it doesn’t light up) and every time I plug it, it makes the sound of being connected, but soon it sounds again, as if it’s unplugged.

I had never had this issues before, and I truly worry something might be wrong with the hardware. Can you help me?


蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Hi there! Apart from maybe needing to change the battery in your pen, I doubt your problem is hardware-related at this point. The main issue just seems to be Windows being difficult with you.

What I would recommend firstly, after changing the battery in your pen just to be sure, is checking Device Manager and weeding out those troublesome Windows HID drivers, followed by disabling Tablet PC / Flicks features (and possibly also driver verification). ‘s FAQ on DeviantArt has all the instructions you need for this, in question 6, [here.] She also has additional troubleshooting info there that may help you, if needed.

I recommend using the driver available [here], if you’re not already. (Here’s hoping that link doesn’t break again anytime soon. >_<;;; )

Something I’ve had success with in the past, when Windows was being difficult with me, was installing the driver again over my existing installation, then restarting, but I don’t recommend that as a first line of action (it was a frustrated last-ditch effort on my part, tbh). Still, it’s also something to try.

I hope this helps point you in the right direction, and feel free to come back if you need more assistance!

hello there im not sure if you can help me out but ive gotten to the point where i just dont know where else to go! so recently i was given a monoprice tablet (the mp1290-a1) and i downloaded the software without plugging the tablet it and all that, and it seems to work fine except that i cant get the pen pressure to work. at all. ive googled everything, did the steps on that ask (save the .txt) and it didnt do anything, ive installed countless drivers (and uninstalled a load of them too) 1/2

i really dont know what else to do at this point, so i was hoping you could give me some advice or other things i can possibly do to get the pen pressure to work? it doesnt work on any of the programs, so im thinking i probably didnt install the software on the cd correctly or its because i have windows 10? aahh im not sure but i hope you can help me in anyway! 2/2

蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载Hello, anon! Fun fact: that’s the same tablet model I have. :D

Firstly, I would use the driver available [here]蛋蛋28苹果手机版下载. It should work fine for Windows 10 – I had it carry over from Windows 7 to 10 without problems.

I’m assuming you found [draw2much’s Windows 10 tablet FAQ]? If not, look through that!

Windows 10 itself shouldn’t be a factor in your pressure sensitivity issue, but generic Windows HID drivers might be. For instructions on how to check for and deal with those, head to question 6 of [draw2much’s older FAQ].

May I ask what programs you’re trying to use your tablet with? [Paint Tool Sai] in particular is notorious for being a pain in the butt with these tablets. Photoshop and Manga Studio should be fine, as should Krita and MediBang Paint, but those occasionally can act up too.

I hope this helps point you in the right direction, anon, and feel free to come back if you need more assistance! :>