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I want to make the fingerprint reader work. Can you please help. I seems like the system detects the fingerprint sensor

$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 0a5c:5801 Broadcom Corp. BCM5880 Secure Applications Processor with fingerprint swipe sensor
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 413c:8187 Dell Computer Corp. DW375 Bluetooth Module
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 046d:c534 Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 05ca:1814 Ricoh Co., Ltd HD Webcam
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

I have tired installing fprint using this documentation and fingerprint gui using this documentation.

If i try to enrol it gives the following error:

$ fprintd-enroll
list_devices failed: No devices available

I have also attached the picture. That's how the software behaves after I open it.

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  • Welcome to AskUbuntu! Have you tried anything yet? Installing drivers? Checking for support/compatibility?
    – gravity
    Jun 6, 2016 at 18:34
  • You should make your question more clear and understanding, see as well how to ask a good question. Thank you.
    – Videonauth
    Jun 7, 2016 at 0:20
  • No, I just installed fprint and finger print GUI . I couldn't find drivers for Linux Jun 9, 2016 at 8:35

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The device is not supported on linux. Below is link to the bug on launchpad.

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libfprint/+bug/602071?comments=all

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  • Really. Is that it? Not supported...live with it... Really makes me sometimes want to get back to windows world.
    – CodeHacker
    May 23, 2019 at 7:02
  • in that case the culprit here is the Broadcom company that for years do not want make devices compatible with Linux.
    – Joao M
    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:09

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