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    best program for displaying cpu temp and fan speed?

    I just put together a computer with N-Alvorix-RS880-uatx mainboard and an amd athlon 2 quad core cpu (running 64 bit Precise LTS). There is a bit of a bug that gives me a system fan failure warning on startup even though the fans are all humming along nicely. One suggestion I read was to leave it as is and monitor the temps and fan speeds before taking a chance on bricking the motherboard with a bios update. I've never done a bios flash so I'm all for that. My question - is conky the best program for that? I was looking through a conky thread just now and it all looked really complicated.

    Thanks,

    mystmaiden
    Last edited by mystmaiden; October 4th, 2013 at 12:45 PM. Reason: typo

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    Re: best program for displaying cpu temp and fan speed?

    Conky can be set up to monitor everything and more, then display it on your desktop. There are many monitor packages, I do not us any desktop packages but look here.

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    Re: best program for displaying cpu temp and fan speed?

    Thank you ibjsb4 for the links. I'd never seen google ubuntu page before, pretty cool. I'd be fine with having conky available and not constantly displayed but just where I could check it regularly.
    Last edited by mystmaiden; October 4th, 2013 at 06:47 PM.

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    Re: best program for displaying cpu temp and fan speed?

    There's Psensor which can monitor the motherboard and CPU temperatures, the temperature of Nvidia GPUs, hard disk drives temperature, fan speed and CPU usage. It can also display hot temperature alerts using desktop notifications and the application indicator which turns read when a threshold is reached. The alerts are not enabled by default though and have to be enabled.
    T o install it, firstly you need to install lm-sensors and hddtemp as these packages are required for Psensor to be able to monitor CPU, hard disk and motherboard temperatures as well as CPU fan speed:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install lm-sensors hddtemp
    sudo sensors-detect
    sudo service module-init-tools start
    After that install Psensor itself:
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jfi/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install psensor
    Please mark your thread as solved if you get a satisfactory response.

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    Re: best program for displaying cpu temp and fan speed?

    Various little GUI's of one shape or another are available to display temperature and fan speed. I don't like the looks of any of them, and I don't need to have a constant display of that info. As far as i can tell, they all depend on lm-sensors to actually collect the data they display.

    So, I install lm-sensors, run sensors-detect (required) in a terminal, and then when I do want to check on things, run "sensors" in a terminal.

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    Re: best program for displaying cpu temp and fan speed?

    thank you slicky and buzzingrobot for the replies. When running sensors-detect are the default replies the ones that are in all caps? Lots of questions there and I really don't want to mess this up.

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    Re: best program for displaying cpu temp and fan speed?

    Yes, the all-caps options are the defaults.

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