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I have a dual-boot system of fedora 17 and windows 7. My laptop is hp pavilion dv-6 6119 tx. The fingerprint reader on my laptop works well with windows 7 but does not work with fedora 17. How can i enable it?

What i have already done.

I have tried installing fprintd using

yum install fprintd

and then used the command

fprintd-enroll

but i got an error saying no devices found.

Also, lsusb produced this.

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 138a:0018 Validity Sensors, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 5986:02ac Acer, Inc
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 1bcf:000a Sunplus Innovation Technology Inc.
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 12d1:14c9 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Bus 002 Device 006: ID 046d:c31c Logitech, Inc. Keyboard K120 for Business
Bus 002 Device 007: ID 0a5c:21b4 Broadcom Corp. BCM2070 Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

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  • Did you already go through fedoraproject.org/wiki/Configuring_a_fingerprint_reader
    – Bon Gart
    Sep 11, 2013 at 18:41
  • Won't work.. I have tried. Fingerprint reader option isn't highlighted at all
    – darknight
    Sep 11, 2013 at 18:46
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    Ok. Just trying to determine what you have done already, what you haven't done, what the machine is telling you, etc. All that information needs to be in the details of your question, to avoid people telling you to do things you've already done... or conversely, people not suggesting things you need to do, because they just don't want to assume anything. Follow?
    – Bon Gart
    Sep 11, 2013 at 18:47
  • Validity Sensors, Inc. makes fingerprint readers, so it looks like at some level, the reader is acknowledged by the OS
    – Bon Gart
    Sep 11, 2013 at 18:58
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    Interesting Archlinux forum thread from last year bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1167220 stating issues with a lack of drivers for a Validity Sensors fingerprint scanner, HP DV6, and no fprint support. However, there is a link to an RPM provided by Validity Sensors validityinc.com/uploads/hp-2011/bnb/sle11sp1/i586/…
    – Bon Gart
    Sep 11, 2013 at 19:54

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https://github.com/maffmeier/fprint_vfs5011

this will add support for your Validiry fingerprint device (138a:0018)

You need to download and compile

Good luck

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