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Topic # 26302 17-Sep-2008 20:19
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Hey there,
Have a HP 8710w Mobile Workstation notebook here, with an Authentec Fingerprint reader built in. Previously it had HP Protect tools on it, which allowed a fingerprint windows login, however it started slowing down a lot, and i think has been formatted by the IT department and the contents refreshed - without HP Protecttools.

Now obviously the thing to do was to download this and put it on, but the fingerprint component is 14mb, then the protecttools program is a whopping 127mb. Im pretty sure this is what caused the slow down because it's running constantly, and seems bloated.

So is there any way to use this Authentec fingerprint reader to login to windows (dont care about other passwords), without this protecttools bloat.

Cheers.

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  Reply # 166745 24-Sep-2008 14:14
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eXDee: Hey there,
Have a HP 8710w Mobile Workstation notebook here, with an Authentec Fingerprint reader built in. Previously it had HP Protect tools on it, which allowed a fingerprint windows login, however it started slowing down a lot, and i think has been formatted by the IT department and the contents refreshed - without HP Protecttools.

Now obviously the thing to do was to download this and put it on, but the fingerprint component is 14mb, then the protecttools program is a whopping 127mb. Im pretty sure this is what caused the slow down because it's running constantly, and seems bloated.

So is there any way to use this Authentec fingerprint reader to login to windows (dont care about other passwords), without this protecttools bloat.

Cheers.


Short answer, No, I doubt it.
I have recently rebuilt my work HP nx9420 with the same software it is just slow no matter what. On a side note and I doubt this will work on a HP Business laptop but I have a HP DV7-1019tx at home and it used Digital Personna package for finger prints and it is a whole lot faster than my work PC. Can't decide if it is the smaller software package or the faster cpu/fingerprint reader.
cheers
dbp.s. If you are using Vista then it will just get slower over time anyway with the more software (crap) that gets installed. Thats the reason I rebuilt my laptop.



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  Reply # 166797 24-Sep-2008 17:05
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Its running XP Pro (had vista business), and has been de-crapified of pretty much everything that came loaded on it, including this fingerprint software, for obvious reasons.

Oh well, seems like they will just have to use fingerprint login.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 166812 24-Sep-2008 17:40
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I have an 8510p, formerly an nx6320 and a t2xxx tablet (model number escapes me).

All ran a bazillion times better without the often-unreliable-anyway Protecttools and fingerprint auth software.

When it worked, it was GREAT, but that was typically only 75% of the time.

FAIL

Did some testing with reinstalls with both XP and Vista, clean from volume media with and without HP software, clean from HP media with and without HP software.

Results were always the same, the rest of the software that comes with an 8510p is "ok", but protect tools is a dog, and fingerprint reading app works, but not all the time.




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