Sunday, March 24, 2013

Monitor hardware temperatures with Psensor

Psensor allows you to keep tabs on your hardware temperatures. Really handy when you want to know if your setup is running a bit hot under the hood.

Here's how to get it up and running.

~$ sudo apt-get install lm-sensors hddtemp

The above installs the sensors software you'll need to access hardware sensors. Next, you'll need to configure lm-sensors.

~$ sudo sensors-detect

Just answer "yes" to every question and let lm-sensors handle everything for you. You'll need to restart afterwards so the service starts up. If you prefer, you could manually startup the service immediately.

~$ sudo service module-init-tools start

Finally, install Psensor.

~$ sudo apt-get install psensor

The Psensor main window

You can now run Psensor from the Unity Dash. A sensor indicator should also appear in the indicators area.

The above instructions were gleaned from this webupd8 post. There's instructions there for installing more recent versions of Psensor, or even the unstable release, if you're so inclined.