Is there any driver for Thinkpad T480s fingerprint reader? I have already tried Figerprint GUI and fprint-demo but without succes.

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The fingerprint reader for the T480s will work in eOS6, as it has a newer kernel that supports it. You may need to install the Python Validity interface, though.

If you're running eOS6 (or have a kernel that is 5.4.x or newer), try this:

  1. Open Terminal (if it's not already open)
  2. List your USB devices:
    sudo lsusb 
  3. Look for the fingerprint reader, which may look something like:
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 06cb:009a Synaptics, Inc. Metallica MIS Touch Fingerprint Reader
  4. If you already have the basic PAM Validity driver installed, try to enrol a finger:
    If this comes back with an error, install the Python Validity drivers:
    sudo apt remove fprintd
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:uunicorn/open-fprintd
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install open-fprintd fprintd-clients python3-validity
    Once everything has finished installing, try to enrol a finger:

This has been successfully configured on four Lenovo ThinkPad T480s notebooks (Japanese model) running Elementary OS 6 👍🏻

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