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It's Alive! (Fingerprint Scanner)

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    It's Alive! (Fingerprint Scanner)

    Like many, I didn't care about the fingerprint scanner when I bought the phone.
    Like many, I tried it out and got hooked.

    The lack of fingerprint libs was the primary thing holding me back from unlocking and going CM10.
    However, a month or so ago it happened - I swiped my finger and nothing. No unlock.
    No vibration telling me to reswipe. I thought little of it since it had happened a few times in the past that it would require a battery pull to reactivate it (happened to my wife's phone more than mine).
    I tried a battery pull. And another. And another. And several more.
    I tried to reset the unlock types and reswipe my fingers. Nothing.
    My fears had been realized - the fingerprint scanner seemed to be dead.
    Well, it wouldn't be so bad, I thought (trying to console myself). I could use another unlock method. Pattern shouldn't be too bad.
    It was. Pattern was bad.
    I couldn't blindly unlock my phone with one hand as I pulled it out of my pocket. So much for quick unlock and voice commands while driving.
    I began to contemplate the least painful way to swap phones with my wife.
    Maybe I would just upgrade to CM10 and use face unlock. Hey, look at me.
    Maybe I'll follow Brad Pitt's lead and wear a bluetooth headset too. Get That Bluetooth Headset Out of Your Ear Fool | The Geek Whisperer
    ...
    I had basically moved on.
    The only thing that was keeping me from CM10 was resolving a small Bx3 issue with Motorola.
    Pattern was driving me crazy. Maybe I don't need to lock my phone. Yes I do.
    Then, it happened - I held my phone with one hand as I prepared to pattern swipe with other. This is a two hand job, after all.
    Maybe it was my subconscious longing for past fingerprint love. Maybe it was fate.
    I felt a vibration before I even touched the screen. What the? My index finger had made contact with the scanner.
    "Swipe was too short."
    Huh?
    As I readied my finger to swipe, I felt like Arthur preparing to pull the sword from the stone.
    It worked. unlock.
    Screen off. Screen on. Unlock. It worked again.
    Screen off. Screen on. Unlock. It worked again.
    Repeat, and repeat, and repeat.
    I still hate Moto, but this is my little piece of joy.
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    what an uplifting story of courage and determination.

    i'm glad you got it working again.

    ^ nexus 5 .
    galaxy s 3 . optimus g . nexus 4 . atrix

    fin.


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    popped back here on the atrix forums to see if anything was going on.

    lol. Grats!

    - U

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    i'm glad you got it working again.

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    I wish I could say the same about my digitizer and haptic feedback... Both long dead (sometimes it vibrates, but not always)

    And the screen got worse... I got myself a bluetooth keyboard to cope until I have enough money for a new phone... (since my SGS3 was stolen)...

    Sorry to bring the tone down...


    But great to see you cheerful...

    Merry Christmas BTW =)
    Motorola Atrix 4G
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    So scarth, enlighten me here man. I've rooted/unlocked my Atrix 4G. Running CM7 right now. Let me in on a quickie about how you got CM10 and the fingerprint scanner to work. I'd love to get that going!
    -Geek, Hack, Early Adopter-
    "The Cake Is a Lie..."


 

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