For this project you will need to have good soldering skills as there are some small points to solder to.
Soldering iron and solder
Dell Mini-9 (or any laptop worthy of modifying)
USB Fingerprint scanner
USB hub which you will dismantle as well
Double sided .001" thick Kapton Tape
LOTS OF PATIENCE as you will be ding some small soldering and drilling and filing away plastic from the palm rest and this can not be undone once it has been started.
This is my mod, I orginally posted it to the my dell mini forums and thought it would be good to have it here for more people to see and get ideas for their own. This has been seen on many other sites, doing a search on google for "dell mini-9 fingerprint scanner" brings up on lots of tech pages.
If you are ready to tackle this fun project let begin!
Step 1: Disassembly of the USB hub
Photo 1 shows the USB hub in its original case. (This photo is not mine as i was too anxious to get the project started)
Photo2: Remove the 6 screws holding the case together
Photo 3: Bottom cover comes off easily
Photo 4: Partially remove the top cover as to not rip off the wires from the circuit board, once it is apart far enough go ahead and cut the wires leaving enough that you know what color is what solder point
Photo 5: case is off the circuit board