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To read the state of your motherboards temperature/voltage/fan sensors:

  • install package lm-sensors (the project’s website is here:
  • run sudo sensors-detect. this will help you detect kernel modules, settings etc necessary to use the lm_sensors infrastructure, and offer to add the required modules to /etc/modules (you should accept)
  • type sensors. this will give you an output like this:
Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 0:      +46.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)  

Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 1:      +47.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
  • install the package sensors-applet, and add to the panel the “Hardware Sensors Monitor” applet. select the sensors you want to see

Note: the limits for all sensors are in the /etc/sensors.conf file. search for the module that represents your motherboard

Finally, wo other useful commands for fan control are pwmconfig and fancontrol.



Written by azimout

30/06/2008 at 16:07

Posted in Reference

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