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Connecting Companion 2 to Macbook Pro

Posted: Wed 5. Dec 2018, 17:04
by Ephiii
Hello everyone,

has anyone had any luck connecting a Companion 2 to a new Macbook Pro (those with USB-c ports only)?
I tried two different hubs/adapters to plug in the HDMI and USB parts of the cable that comes with the companion.
Wacom Driver 6.3.15-3 installed, but it says that no Wacom device is found (and if I switch on the Companion 2 it boots up in standalone mode).
(Macbook running on OS 10.13.6)

All the help I could get so far from Wacom email support was "maybe it's a problem with the cable or the adapter" but no real suggestions how to fix it. I'm getting a bit desperate.

I'd greatly appreciate any help or hints (or recommendations for adapters/hubs that have been tested to work). Thank you very much in advance!

Re: Connecting Companion 2 to Macbook Pro

Posted: Fri 7. Dec 2018, 09:38
by wacom5
Hi. You should start by installing the latest driver on your Mac. Driver 6.3.15-3 is not supported in 10.13.6.
If you haven't already, make sure you install the Hybrid Utility update: https://www.wacom.com/en-de/support/product-support/other?pid=undefined
For cables, I haven't tested yet so I can't recommend something specific. Just try an different adaptor. If you suspect that there is an issue with the 2-in-1 cable, you should contact customer support then: https://support.wacom.com/

Re: Connecting Companion 2 to Macbook Pro

Posted: Fri 14. Dec 2018, 23:24
by Ephiii
Hey there,

thanks for your reply. I have updated my driver to the latest version (6.3.32-3) and installed the hybrid utility update on my companion.
I still get the same result ("no compatible tablet found" on my Macbook and the connected Companion 2 starts up in standalone mode).
I tried with two different adapters, same result. Are there any specific requirements an adapter would have to fulfill that I could look for?
(I don't think it's a problem with the cable as it's the original one that came with the tablet.)

Re: Connecting Companion 2 to Macbook Pro

Posted: Mon 17. Dec 2018, 15:53
by wacom5
There are no special requirements. The connection is very straight forward. Have you complete all the firmware / bios updates if you have any available?
I still wouldn't exclude the issue being with the 2-in-1 cable.
Try the following:
1. Boot the Companion 2
2. Connect it to your Mac
3. Send the Companion 2 to Sleep mode from the Windows menu.

If you don't achieve any results, please reach out to our support.

Re: Connecting Companion 2 to Macbook Pro

Posted: Tue 18. Dec 2018, 20:46
by Ephiii
Thank you so much for the helpful suggestions! I feel like I'm one step closer.
I tested the connection with a colleague's Macbook today which is the previous Macbook model that still has an HDMI and USB port (so no adapter needed). With hers, hybrid mode worked when I did it as you described (putting the Companion in sleep mode).
I also installed the latest BIOS update and tried again with my own Macbook. Now it's being recognized by my Macbook as an input device (even without sleep mode). However, the Companion says "no input signal" and doesn't operate as a screen. It stays black and basically acts like a (pretty buggy) non-display tablet. But after some wonky clicks with the pen it stops working again.
Any ideas how (or if?) I can get it to properly work? (This gave me a tiny bit of hope ^^)

PS: Unfortunately, (German) Wacom support so far hasn't been helpful at all and failed to provide a single constructive suggestion beyond "maybe your cable is broken", "sorry, your Macbook is not compatible" and then "try the Wacom Link, maybe that works" (even though, as far as I can gather, the Wacom Link doesn't even have an HDMI port?)

Re: Connecting Companion 2 to Macbook Pro

Posted: Wed 19. Dec 2018, 09:55
by wacom5
Ephiii wrote:Thank you so much for the helpful suggestions! I feel like I'm one step closer.
I tested the connection with a colleague's Macbook today which is the previous Macbook model that still has an HDMI and USB port (so no adapter needed). With hers, hybrid mode worked when I did it as you described (putting the Companion in sleep mode).
I also installed the latest BIOS update and tried again with my own Macbook. Now it's being recognized by my Macbook as an input device (even without sleep mode). However, the Companion says "no input signal" and doesn't operate as a screen. It stays black and basically acts like a (pretty buggy) non-display tablet. But after some wonky clicks with the pen it stops working again.
Any ideas how (or if?) I can get it to properly work? (This gave me a tiny bit of hope ^^)

PS: Unfortunately, (German) Wacom support so far hasn't been helpful at all and failed to provide a single constructive suggestion beyond "maybe your cable is broken", "sorry, your Macbook is not compatible" and then "try the Wacom Link, maybe that works" (even though, as far as I can gather, the Wacom Link doesn't even have an HDMI port?)


From what you describe, it does seem to indicate that the issue with the adaptor you are using. We know that the Cintiq Companion 2 and the 2-in-1 cable work since you tested it with your friend. Please try a different HDMI to thunderbolt adaptor.

Would you have a support case number? I would like to forward your feedback to the Support team.

Re: Connecting Companion 2 to Macbook Pro

Posted: Wed 19. Dec 2018, 10:54
by Ephiii
Thank you!
I'll order another adaptor in that case. I know you said there are no specific requirements for that, but are you maybe able to recommend one or a reliable brand? That would be really helpful (but I understand if you can't).

My case number is #CAS-1145538-G7N4D4