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anth0ny5 04-05-2010 12:05 PM

Fingerprint scanning perpetually broken
 
Why doesn't my laptop's built-in fingerprint scanner work in GNOME? It's fairly common (manufactured by UPEK) and I've tried fprintd and thinkfinger to no avail. The latter seems to be built for USB-attached devices and fails to find any device and the former installs and runs fine, but fails to recognize any fingerprints.

Using either fprintd-enroll or the GNOME "About Me" panel, fprintd will gladly register my fingerprint, but no amount of swiping will get it to actually recognize it afterwards. I try re-installing it every new update, but same results, what's going on?

brucehinrichs 04-06-2010 09:30 PM

http://www.reactivated.net/fprint/wiki/Installation

Might be helpful (I've been meaning to try it but....)

anth0ny5 04-08-2010 01:17 PM

Thanks, I remember that page from my last troubleshooting effort. I'm doubt much has changed since then, but I'll give it another go. Although I'm just about ready to give up on it... I've literally swiped off my fingerprints from trying to get this blasted thing to work in Linux!

JokeDude 05-21-2010 08:40 AM

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Originally Posted by anth0ny5 (Post 3928828)
Thanks, I remember that page from my last troubleshooting effort. I'm doubt much has changed since then, but I'll give it another go. Although I'm just about ready to give up on it... I've literally swiped off my fingerprints from trying to get this blasted thing to work in Linux!

Hi anth0ny5, I am not sure if you have resolved this yet (if you have, please let me know how), but I am having the same issue on Fedora 12. I resorted to using fingerprint GUI available from http://www.n-view.net/Appliance/fingerprint/

I followed the setup until I was sure that the fingerprint reader was actually working, and then stopped, as I would prefer an integrated solution with gdm rather than a "plugin". I was able to successfully su as root, login through a telnet session and sudo.

I have since reset everything back to original settings, but I am now happy to know that the fingerprint reader is work 100%.

Regards
JD

anth0ny5 05-22-2010 02:01 AM

Thanks! I came across that in my searches, but didn't have the heart to try it, now I will if you say it works.


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