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I am doing a fingerprint sensor that works with a 16x2 LCD. The code works correctly for the fingerprint sensor, but when I enter LCD code, the LCD works but the fingerprint stops working.

I am using an Arduino Uno and an Adafruit fingerprint sensor. Both the fingerprint and LCD are wired correctly and work separately. I have enrolled and tested fingerprints and it worked perfectly until I added LCD code.

#include <Adafruit_Fingerprint.h>
#include <SoftwareSerial.h>
#include <LiquidCrystal.h>
LiquidCrystal lcd(12, 11, 5, 4, 3, 2);

int getFingerprintIDez();
// pin #2 is IN from sensor (GREEN wire)
// pin #3 is OUT from arduino  (WHITE wire)
SoftwareSerial mySerial(2, 3);

Adafruit_Fingerprint finger = Adafruit_Fingerprint(&mySerial);

void setup() {
 // set up the LCD's number of columns and rows:
  lcd.begin(16, 2);
  // Print a message to the LCD.
  lcd.print("hello, world!");
  Serial.begin(9600);
  Serial.println("fingertest");
  // set the data rate for the sensor serial port
  finger.begin(57600);
  if (finger.verifyPassword()) {
    Serial.println("Found fingerprint sensor!");
  } else {
    Serial.println("Did not find fingerprint sensor :(");
    while (1);
  }
  Serial.println("Waiting for valid finger...");
}

void loop() {
  getFingerprintIDez();
}

uint8_t getFingerprintID() {
  uint8_t p = finger.getImage();
  switch (p) {
    case FINGERPRINT_OK:
      Serial.println("Image taken");
      break;
    case FINGERPRINT_NOFINGER:
      Serial.println("No finger detected");
      return p;
    case FINGERPRINT_PACKETRECIEVEERR:
      Serial.println("Communication error");
      return p;
    case FINGERPRINT_IMAGEFAIL:
      Serial.println("Imaging error");
      return p;
    default:
      Serial.println("Unknown error");
      return p;
  }

  // OK success!
  p = finger.image2Tz();
  switch (p) {
    case FINGERPRINT_OK:
      Serial.println("Image converted");
      break;
    case FINGERPRINT_IMAGEMESS:
      Serial.println("Image too messy");
      return p;
    case FINGERPRINT_PACKETRECIEVEERR:
      Serial.println("Communication error");
      return p;
    case FINGERPRINT_FEATUREFAIL:
      Serial.println("Could not find fingerprint features");
      return p;
    case FINGERPRINT_INVALIDIMAGE:
      Serial.println("Could not find fingerprint features");
      return p;
    default:
      Serial.println("Unknown error");
      return p;
  }

  // OK converted!
  p = finger.fingerFastSearch();
  if (p == FINGERPRINT_OK) {
    Serial.println("Found a print match!");
  } else if (p == FINGERPRINT_PACKETRECIEVEERR) {
    Serial.println("Communication error");
    return p;
  } else if (p == FINGERPRINT_NOTFOUND) {
    Serial.println("Did not find a match");
    return p;
  } else {
   Serial.println("Unknown error");
    return p;
  }

  // found a match!
  Serial.print("Found ID #");
  Serial.print(finger.fingerID); 
  Serial.print(" with confidence of ");
  Serial.println(finger.confidence); 
}

// returns -1 if failed, otherwise returns ID #
int getFingerprintIDez() {
  uint8_t p = finger.getImage();
  if (p != FINGERPRINT_OK)  return -1;
  p = finger.image2Tz();
  if (p != FINGERPRINT_OK)  return -1;
  p = finger.fingerFastSearch();
  if (p != FINGERPRINT_OK)  return -1;
  // found a match!
  Serial.print("Found ID #");
  Serial.println(finger.fingerID);
  Serial.print("This Finger print related to : ");
  switch(finger.fingerID){
   case 0:  
     Serial.println("Subhy Mesmar");
     break;
   case 1 :  
     Serial.println("Amjad Mesmar");
     break;
  }
  return finger.fingerID;
}

In this image the fingerprint sensor works without LCD code:

Fingerprint sensor works without lcd code

And in this one the LCD works after adding code but the fingerprint sensor stopped working:

lcd works after adding code but fingerprint sensors stopped working

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You have pins 2 and 3 used by both the LCD and the SoftwareSerial used for the fingerprint sensor.

Use different pins for one or the other.

Worth looking at the Software Serial reference to understand more about how it works.

  • is it safe to use different pins for fingerprint sensor ? , Wont changing pins 2,3 damage the sensor ?Please advise . – Souls Reaper Apr 30 '17 at 8:08
  • Yes it should be safe. – Mark Smith Apr 30 '17 at 19:31

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