I don't have any actual problems with my Cintiq. Occasionally I'll need to recalibrate the pen but that's about it. Can't use it as a dual monitor however which is a massive drawback and also part of the reason I purchased it.
I suppose I've minor tracking problems but that's really just towards the edges of the screen, so it's become a habit to drag whatever bit I'm working on to the center of the thing and use the edges for viewing space only.
On occasion it refuses to detect marks by way of the cursor freezin, but I find that a quick touch of the eraser end of the pen to the screen unsticks the cursor, which is a fairly rapid solution!
B'yeah, it's made me quite color-paranoid/confused, between the Cintiq and a lower end macbook. I have no idea what colors I'm using exactly anymore. (this could be some sort of philosophical comment on perception and reality, I suppose)
Hm, I'll definitely have to try the eraser trick. Occasionally I'll get spots that don't want to work on the screen, but they come and go.
Color matching is also a problem - I've got it hooked up to a PC, and even though I can match the profiles I get totally different contrast on the PC, Cintiq, and MacBook screens. It drives me nuts. I feel like I need to create the profile in my head based on the color tone selection boxes, and screw what all the screens say hahahaha.
Yeaah it is a huge pain. I especially have weird issues with blues looking purple on the mac, or lighter shades looking positively florescent. 's either that, or get a pantone swatch book and colorpick religiously! The once where I actually had to print my stuff I almost died, oy vey. To think in pre-cintiq days I naively assumed (subconciously, at least) that everyone was seeing what I was, heh.
I've had the vertical lines issue with my regular tablet, and 'jumping marks' so it could just be the thing wigging out. Ever since I went from 2000 to xp I suddenly started having issues with tablet significantly more often (as well as photoshop). Maybe it's an issue with the age of the cintiq/program driver vs age of OS?
I'm not really sure what the issue is with mine. I think it's just a brat. For awhile its driver would break every month for no reason, but thankfully it's stopped that. I hope you are able to get yours to act up less (or to cease acting up at all) !
Cintiqs are actually ridiculously awesome. I didn't start having problems with mine until recently, so, ~2 years later, but even with problems they're worth it. I almost wish I had a smaller one, though, because the larger ones are not very portable. Like, at all.
I'm with *meradragon in that I wanted to see the results....mostly out of curiosity. I can't afford a Cintiq. Barely could afford my Intuos. *lol* Ideally I'd get a separate smaller one to travel with. I think my "screen" size is 8"x11"? So with the added side bits, it's fairly large.
All the ones I used at school never had any of those issues, aside from one that was permanently broken and wouldn't register the pen's touch on the bottom half of the screen whatsoever. But... those things got some pretty heavy use, so I'm surprised they all worked so well.
From all these comments I'm not sure if I want a screen-tablet. Allthough I am curious about tablet computers and ipad-wannabees that are popping up now. I used to have an HP tabletPC that worked well except from battery time and that eventually melted... it was old though. I never got to try Photoshop on it though I forget why.
The Cintiq I own at home runs cool and with little to no problem. That being said, the one I used at work got pretty warm, sometimes hot, and had glitchy, digital distortion lines that would run horizontally across the screen.
I have had the screen decide it wasn't going to read my strokes before but I've experienced that on all Wacom products I've owned or used. Sometimes it's a matter of the nib needing to be pulled out of the stylus and reinserted. It's like it gets jammed too far into the pen tool. Sometimes it's just glitchy software.
I notice that towards the corners of my screen the tracking gets pretty bad but that's all. Not too bad other that that.
Vertical lines appear when I've switched back to my painting program after being in another program like iTunes or Firefox. The first time I set my stylus tip back on the screen after I switch back, a straight mark is made, starting at the edge of the screen and ending at the tip of my pen. Not sure if that's what you're dealing with.
According to a friend of mine that uses it, the "problem" if you will, is the fact that your own hand usually gets in front of the drawing or some tools/indicators, and it's somehow annoying! An invisible hand would help a lot!
the only problem i've had with my cintiq is that the screen is always black when i use it with my win7 computer. i can still draw, but any dual monitor is out of the question. i've had this problem since i got my win7 computer, and downloading new drivers and uninstalling and reinstalling hasn't helped at all. everything else is fine though..
Mine gets hot too. I worry about it and give it several breaks throughout the day.
It does however have a lot of 'crappy' spots. Like it causes your pen to wiggle all stupid or get magically caught on some unknown thing. These spots are pretty consistent, so I just learn to move my picture around to avoid them as annoying as it is. -_- So my problem isn't really up there to vote on. The only other problem I know I've had was apparently bending the cord that connects into it and now i have to monkey with it to keep the power on. Awesome XP (which has nothing to do with the first problem, since i've used two cintiqs and had that same stupid skipping)
My totally ignorant guess is maybe it has something to do with your computers processing?
All three, in spite of it being calibrated properly (and I don't leave it on all the time, and I've only had it since Christmas). Also, sometimes, the marks I make on one part of the screen can "jump around" and appear in a totally different place, usually near the bottom edge of the screen, but I think that may be because I'm painting/drawing strokes too fast. And I noticed one blue pixel on the screen that never goes away.
I don't have any of the issues, although I noticed that the pen doesn't pick up the pressure as well as my Intuos used to. I have to use a lot more for force to paint or a different setting to get the same result. Tracking used to be a problem until I took 5 minutes of my schedule and really made an effort to calibrate the monitor exactly the way I'd paint. Meaning, I made the exact same movements I do when I paint, held my head the exact same position and so forth. After that everything worked fine.
I have all three of those problems, despite the thing being calibrated properly. The only thing I can think of is that maybe it's on too long (does it overheat?) because I work on it constantly. The screen gets pretty warm, and turning it off for a few seconds to a few minutes usually fixes the issues, but it's annoying as all hell and I'd like to know if anyone out there is experiencing similar issues.