Monitoring Hardware Temperatures

Power management, System  temperatures, CPU fan speeds  likewise hardware info have got vital importance compared to the other System management features of a PC/Netbook.A normal PC user should  be  mostly  concerned with making sure the components in their machines are running at appropriate temperatures.With most popular Linux version like Ubuntu , we can monitor realtime temperature , CPU fan speed and other system data using an application called lm-sensors.
To begin with install lm-sensors [With Ubuntu versions like 11.04 , lm-sensors might be built-in: alternatively you can also check-in from software manager ]

  • Open up Terminal Type sudo apt-get install lm-sensors
  • Next Type  sudo sensors-detect and answer YES to all YES/no questions [since those changes are safe].At the end of sensors-detect command , a list of modules that needs to be loaded will displayed. Type “yes” to have sensors-detect insert those modules into /etc/modules, or edit /etc/modules yourself.
  • Next, run sudo /etc/init.d/module-init-tools restart. This will read the changes you made to /etc/modules in step 3, and insert the new modules into the kernel.
  • Now begin to test lm-sensors Type in Terminal  sensors  and analyze your  output.

This sensors output shows maInly  motherboard sensors[For eg:displayed like Vcore, in1,4,5,6 , VCC] , CPU Core sensors [For eg:  coretemp-isa-0000 through 0004]. The motherboard sensor device has information on the voltages received from the power supply unit by the motherboard (in1-6), the fan speeds (entries with RPM), and various internal temperatures.The ALARM indications in sensors are those reported by the sensor chip itself. Accuracy of these output can be questioned , since likely[sometimes] inaccurate info is displayed. For any lm-sensors related Problems Visit FAQ
Note:It’s reported that change in Linux  kernel has made some sensors stop working. However To fix sensors, add the following to your kernel boot line (e.g. in your GRUB/GRUB2 configuration file) and reboot your machine: acpi_enforce_resources=lax . [Do it at your own risk-since might be dangerous].For latest Linux kernel 3.0 it seems to be fixed.
Display Sensor Output using pSensor
With pSensor , it  provides  the real time temperature for those hardware by utilising lm-sensors output. It provides both bar and graphical view of the temperature for the hardware installed on your system.Up on installing lm-sensor , install pSensor .

  • Type in terminal  to add  pSensor repository sudo apt-add-repository ppa:jfi/ppa
  • Next type sudo apt-get update.
  • Now install sudo apt-get install psensor


Alternatively you could use Conky Package [sudo apt-get install conky-all] , ksensors , xsensors. For  Windows users , we can use Core Temp software/Notebook Hardware Control /Speccy.

Note:Any other better application similar to lm-sensors and others, please comment us to know more

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Posted on September 10, 2011, in Linux, Tips'n'Tricks, Windows. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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