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Tutorial : How to use fingerprint security from BIOS

Discussion in 'Sony' started by Kaushal, Oct 7, 2007.

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  1. Kaushal

    Kaushal Notebook Consultant

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    Friends,

    I saw many people asking how to enable the fingerprint security from BIOS, so before windows loads, it asks to swipe the finger. With a little R&D, I managed to find the exact way to do it :)

    I am using a VAIO SZ430N/B and I have formatted and did a clean install of vista ultimate.

    Now I am presuming that you all have installed the Protector Suite QL and enrolled your finger prints in it. So here is the process to get it enabled on the chip :)

    Step 1

    Right click on Protector Suite QL on taskbar and select "Start Control Center"

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    Step 2

    Click on enroll or edit....... and select "Delete"


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  2. Kaushal

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    Step 3

    Click on Setings & Select Power-on security


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    Step 4

    Make sure that Enable power-on.......is ticked


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  3. Kaushal

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    Step 5

    Restart the laptop & select F2 to go in BIOS
    Then go to Security option, and set a machine password
    Make sure that Password when power on is Enabled
    Then select clear Fingerprint data


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    Step 6

    It will give a warning to clear the data, select continue, after that the machine will restart automatically.


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  4. Kaushal

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    Step 7

    Press F2 again and go to BIOS & this time go to TPM state & make sure that it is enabled.


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    Step 8

    Exit BIOS and save the settings.


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  5. Kaushal

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    Step 9

    Go to Protector Suite SL again & select enroll or edit fingerprints.

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    Step 10

    It will ask you to enable power-on........select YES
    After that enroll your fingerprints in the software. I did for both the index fingers.


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  6. Kaushal

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    Step 11

    Go to power on security under settings & make sure that all your fingerprints are registered

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    Step 12

    Restart your computer

     
  7. Kaushal

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    Step 13

    Go to Protector suite again after restart, and then go to edit or enroll fingerprints.

    You will get this pop-up now


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    Step 14

    In the next screen you will find that above the fingerprints your saved earlier, you will see a blank box which can be enabled.


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  8. Kaushal

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    Step 15

    Click on the blank box above the recorded fingerprint, and your will get this option to add the fingerprint to power-on


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    Step 16

    It will again reconfirm if your want to enable it for power on, to which you select yes

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  9. Kaushal

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    Step 17

    Now you will see the words "Boot" written above the enrolled fingerprints. Which means that next time you start the machine, it will ask you to swipe the fingerprint & then only the machine will boot the OS.

    Also it wont ask you again to swipe while loading windows


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  10. Kaushal

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    Important:

    don't forget to enable the admin privileges for user everytime you use the Protector Suite QL control center. The option is at the bottom of the window.

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  11. Kaushal

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    I hope this tutorial is useful to all Sony users :)

    I have tested it on my SZ430N/B, but I hope that it should work for all vaios.

    Regards,
    Kaushal
     
  12. bogart

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    Great tutorial. What version of Protector Suite QL are you using and if you downloaded it somewhere, do you have the link?
     
  13. Kaushal

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    thanks bogart

    I am using version 5.6.0
    Build number 3278

    I download from the sony support page for my model number. I suggest you also download for your specific model form the sony site.
     
  14. ng12345

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    Kaushal,

    Great tutorial -- I have an SZ680 and have v5.6 Build 3326 (so slightly newer I guess) -- I could not find the software on the sony page, and used my recovery disk to install it.

    Some notes and questions (since the install process for me was slightly different):
    1. What "Security Mode" are you using (found in Settings->System Settings)?
    2. Are you storing your fingerprints to the sensor?
    3. Do you have the Infineon TPM Software installed?
    4. Is the TPM tab available to you under Settings->System Settings?
    For me the following steps were different:
    Step 10 did not ask me to enable power on and steps 13-17 did not happen, but when I turn on the computer I get a prompt to swipe my finger, and I do not have to swipe again for Windows logon
    I do not have to elevate to admin status (though my windows user account is in the administrator group)
    I do not have the "boot" symbol above my fingerprints

    Things i did differently:
    TPM was enabled prior to starting this guide
    After Step 10, I restarted, pressed F2, and re-enabled TPM (I forgot to check in the earlier steps, and wanted to make sure it was turned on); after re-enabling (requires two restarts at bios level), I was presented with a swipe screen instead of having to enter my boot password -- then the rest of the steps were not necessary/did not happen.
     
  15. Kaushal

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    thanks

    1) i am using convenient mode
    2) my fingerprints are first stored in hdd, then i think the software automatically stores it in bios
    3) i didnt install Infineon TPM
    4) no

    so i suppose that the process is a bit different for diff machines
     
  16. TinyRK

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    TPM doesn't have to be enabled to use the fingerprint reader at boot up.
    It works for me without, too.

    But awesome tutorial!

    Repped! :)
     
  17. Kaushal

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    thanks tinyrk :)

    i didnt try without disabling it......so maybe it can work without enabling it bios
     
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    Hi, I'm using an SZ-260P, and there is no Power-On security option to choose. :(
    Is there any way to enable it, or is it a hardware limitation? I have Vista Ultimate and the same version of Protector Suite.

    Thanks!

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    EDIT: Good news, I got it to work! :) You need to enable the power-on password in the BIOS for the option to show. Thanks again!
     
  19. TinyRK

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    I am using the SZ250P, so it is not a hardware limitation.
     
  20. Kaushal

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    did u update BIOS??

    try that
     
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