5 Steps: ThinkPad fingerprint reader on Archlinux
1. Determine what kind of fingerprint reader you have
On my T400, I read: AuthenTec, Inc. AES2810
2. Determine suitable software
Go to Thinkwiki. You’ll find a list which software (thinkfinger, fprintd) works with your hardware.
The AES2810 in my T400 is said to be unsupported.
3. Try Thinkfinger
I still try it. Thinkfinger doesn’t recognize the reader, indeed.
It keeps complaining:
Initializing...USB device not found.
4. Try fprintd
I am more lucky with fprintd.
Install fprintd. The official wiki is outdated and doesn’t do the job for me!
- Install the following packages:
~$ pacman -S pam fprintd
- The wiki suggests installing the following packages as dependencies. I already had them installed, so I cannot tell if they are really needed.
~$ pacman -S libusb imagemagick
The Configuration section of the Arch wiki works fine, except from the “Create fingerprint signature”.