Thankfully, started reverse engineering these sensors and that work has been adapted by to create a functional for 2016 ThinkPads including T460s. Click the download button now and set up this feature on your system. More info regarding this can be found on the Launchpad project page such as a list of supported hardware, etc. It scans, and you can get a picture of the print, but the image and repeatablity are horrid. Dell have done nothing but give me the runaround in trying to get a refund for this fraudulent sale.
Instead, use the link below because you might have wrong repos. Yes the scanner works, but my impression is that it is a hopelessly inadequate device. However there is always a solution. The following instructions were provided by What You'll need Grab the Dell Finger Print driver, Validity-Sensor-Setup-4. Very useful log of information and details. Since this is a rather new addition I am patient but hopeful that we will eventually get a Linux driver. You know the story: the manufacturer Validity, later bought by Synaptic refuses to release the documentation and says they may release proprietary Linux driver someday.
Follow the steps displayed by the setup wizard. And install, sudo alien -d Validity-Sensor-Setup-4. Failing that, if they included an alternate fingerprint reader on their Ubuntu devices that is actually supported. Updating the component's software version can improve fingerprint reading speeds, enhance recognition algorithms, fix several issues encountered during the product's lifetime, or add support for new features. For follow up, post a new question.
At that stage, I asked my Dell sales rep Muhammed Ghufran for a refund of the part £20. It's called competition and it's a good thing. I get the feeling that it works on Windows by being less than picky about what it calls a match. Justin thanks for taking BillyRay's comments seriously. When the laptop arrived on Nov 1st and I couldn't get the scanner to work, I discovered this thread after a bit of searching. Once that out of the way, get the software, run the available setup, and follow the instructions displayed on-screen for a complete installation.
At this point, I was told that as more than 14 days had elapsed since placing the order, no refund could be given. I played with this last summer. I'd prefer it if Dell actually made a difference here for once and pushed for a Linux driver! If it has been installed, updating overwrite-installing may fix problems, add new functions, or expand existing ones. Instead, you calmly explained the horrible process you went through, and as a result, it looks like Justin is going to figure out what went wrong. I've got a very similar device. It would be great if you were able to update us on what you looked into and hopefully fixed.
It seems even adding correct vendor and product id strings in the udev rules isn't enough to make this work right. The fprint software would refuse to correlate new scans with the reference because it could not identify enough matching structures. If it wasn't for me quoting the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013, I'd have got nothing out of this. If you are interested I can look that up for you tonight. From the parent folder build as usual,. All in all, I'm not very happy with Dell's stance on this, and certainly not happy with the fact that, as of this morning Nov 9th , the fingerprint scanner is still being offered with a configuration under which it can never work. They are not meant to be enabled using systemctl.
I don't know for sure, but you can probably build this on a 32-bit system as well. I did get it to work -- sort of, but it was not easy and I don't remember the details. My question will be who that can use fingerprint reader come back to type password? This package contains the files needed for installing the Fingerprint Sensor driver. It's not even as if I'm going to get back any money for the phone calls or my time to resolve this. Add a comment if the download is not working.
Save the driver files to your computer. Just got this laptop used on craigslist and it's best I've ever used. Validity Sensor This is not a complete solution as it requires a prepritory binary from Dell. You might need to set up a build environment first. Important notes: - Before installation, save all your work and close all the running programs, as the installation may interfere with other apps; - If the setup wizard requests Administrative rights, make sure to run the setup as Administrator; - Pay attention to all installation instructions to make sure the driver is installed correctly; About Fingerprint Reader Driver: When enabled by appropriate files, the Fingerprint reader is properly recognized by systems and all developed feature are made available.
Now if you lock your screen e. The fingerprint reader as reported by lsusb is Validity Sensors Inc. I am currently running Mint 15 but incidentally I used to have the exact same problem on Ubuntu 13. Hey, this is my laptop too Nice, nice machine. See this bug: last comments.
I went back to Muhammed and again asked for a refund. While there is a way to make it work on Linux, it involves using a closed-sourced, proprietary driver, which the upstream libfprint project also cannot include in its distribution. As long as your laptop has a scanner, the above method should work You can also try Install proprietary Validity driver via terminal as below. You can download the updated version from for this package I'll update this answer soon to include instructions as well. Sadly, I hadn't read this thread first. Swipe Fingerprint Sensor Following this tutorial I discovered that this fingerprint is not supported by fprint.