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I have a Dell Vostro 3550 laptop.

Fingerprint Reader: Validity Sensors, Inc. VFS5011 Fingerprint Reader (USB-id: 138a:0011) I have searched, but I couldn't get this driver for Linux.

I have fingerprint GUI and fprint-demo software, both of which say no device found.

Is there any way I can install the driver and make use of the fingerprint reader?

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You can make it work with the help of the FPrint Project. The FPrint project is not very active, and not many new drivers are being developed at the moment. Fortunately for us (I have a Vostro 3550 too), work has started on Validity VFS5011 and there is an EXPERIMENTAL driver available.

  1. This is an article on how to install the required software from PPA:

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/03/how-to-get-your-fingerprint-reader-working-in-ubuntu

  1. And this is the bug report where you will find info about how to install the required "EXPERIMENTAL" driver for this particular finger print reader (Validity VFS5011 ID 138a:0011):

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libfprint/+bug/790183

Hope it helps 8-)

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hi while installing the experimental driver after opening fprint_vfs5011-master unzipped folder I couldnt configure ./configure since it says there is no such file or folder. I'm stuck here what shall I do. –  sushil Oct 31 '13 at 8:02
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