Dell XPS M1530 fingerprint reader on Ubuntu 9.04!!!

Ubuntu 9.04 has got to be the best Ubuntu version so far for the Dell XPS M1530 as all the hardware works out of the box. Here are the steps for getting the fingerprint reader to work :


Installation


 

Add the key by typing in the terminal:
$ sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com F2A12FABE936A7BBDC4EA33351DB180D1323E149
Now add the PPA repositories to your source.list (/etc/apt/source.list):
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jon-oberheide/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/jon-oberheide/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
Update installer:
$ sudo apt-get update
install thinkfinger:
$ sudo apt-get install thinkfinger-tools libpam-thinkfinger

 


Test the Driver


 

Now the driver is installed and should be working.

 

To acquire your fingerprint use:
$ tf-tool --acquire
To verify your fingerprint use:
$ tf-tool --verify
Try it as root if it doesn’t work.

 


Configuring PAM to use ThinkFinger


 

You don’t need to edit anything on Ubuntu 9.04, just type in the terminal:
$ sudo /usr/lib/pam-thinkfinger/pam-thinkfinger-enable
Now we are ready to add users to thinkfinger. You can add a fingerprint for a user with:
$ tf-tool --acquire $USERNAME
If you would like to use thinkfinger for su, you have to enroll the fingerprint for root user with:
$ tf-tool --acquire root

 

 

I haven’t got my fingerprint reader to work for unlock of screen when it is locked by screensaver. I’ll update this post when i get it to work. :)