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I read some of the questions here about the fingerprint reader support. Here I am asking spcecifically for the Lenovo Thinkpad L13.

I am using Ubuntu 19.10 but I think it would be the same for other versions.

lsusb shows ID 06cb:00be Synaptics Inc.

I installed libpam-fprintd fprint-demo and libfprint0

fprint-demo says No devices found.

Is there any driver for this Synaptic device available?

Or how can I use the fingerprint sensor with Ubuntu

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  • Lenovo, like most many other manufacturers, will use multiple different kinds of peripherals when building systems. Not all machines of the same model will have the same fingerprint reader. This makes life difficult for Ubuntu users. Thank you for posting the detail you found! – K7AAY Mar 3 '20 at 18:53
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For now, it's really tricky.

19.10 uses outdated fwmgr and fprintd. You'll need at least fwmgr-1.3.5 and fprintd-1.90. They are available in next Ubuntu release - focus which is on early stage of development.

You can get up-to-date version of fwupd package from snap, but you should build fprintd-1.90 packages from source.

Also, fingerprint reader firmware should be updated, but this is tricky as well, because firmware you need is marked as testing and current version of fwupd fails to download it.

All in all, I spent all evenings this week tinkering and finally managed to get it working. I would suggest to wait for Ubuntu focus where fingerprint will be working out of the box.

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  • Thanks, I was loosing hope. As the beta is planned to come out in a little more than a week and the final release on April 23rd, I am happy to wait. – Helmutkohl Mar 21 '20 at 7:24
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    I am on Ubuntu 20.04 focal fossa but fprintd-enroll gives me list_devices failed: No devices available. Any idea why? – pfuhlert May 4 '20 at 8:29
  • Unfortionately the driver for the 06cb:00be Synaptics device seems not to be included in Focal Fossa. fprintd-1.90 shows "no devicees available". – juergi May 5 '20 at 9:06
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    You need to enable testing remote in fwupdmgr. See here how: github.com/fwupd/fwupd/wiki/LVFS-Testing-remote Firmware you need to to install is listed here: fwupd.org/lvfs/search?value=prometheus – zeroinfinity May 16 '20 at 10:08
  • It didn't work for me. The firmware from the link is for 00bd only according to the contained XML file, not 00be. – Manuel Andrés Vélez Jun 3 '20 at 15:16

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