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Old 05-07-2007, 05:44 PM   #1
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alternatives to lm_sensors


I'm trying to use lm_sensors on a new motherboard with little success. I think it is because the hardware is too new (Asus Commando), which means I may be out of luck for a while. However, I was wondering if anyone could recommend any alternative Linux apps for monitoring temps, fan speeds, and motherboard voltages.

For what it's worth, I can see the following chips on my motherboard, which may (or may not) produce usable data:
  • WinBond W83627DHG-A
  • WinBond W83791G
  • Intel Core2Duo QX6700 (the cpu has on-die monitors in each core)
What about a GUI front-end? I'm using GKrellM, but I am open to alternatives.

Thanks!
 
Old 05-08-2007, 10:01 AM   #2
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I could be wrong but:

I think (virtually) all GUI's and similar tools use LM_sensors as the back-end. I believe it is the 'main' tool for the job with Linux.
Have you checked the LM_sensors mailing list and FAQ for details of works in progress regarding your sensors and motherboard? The DHG-A device rings a bell for me (I've been working on LM_sensor configuration for a few days straight now) but I can't recall right off if it's supported fully or not.

If you have the necessary kernel support enabled for your board's sensors, you could write a program or script or cron-job to 'cat' the /proc directories where the sensors readings are stored; pretty clumsy, but if you just wanted to check the values on occasion, it should work.
Another Linux tool is called RT_sensors, but again, it uses LM_sensors as a back-end.

Have you run the sensors-detect script to check for the status/existence/detection of the sensors you have?
 
Old 05-08-2007, 04:07 PM   #3
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I think (virtually) all GUI's and similar tools use LM_sensors as the back-end. I believe it is the 'main' tool for the job with Linux.
That's kind of what I was afraid of...

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Originally Posted by GrapefruiTgirl
Have you checked the LM_sensors mailing list and FAQ for details of works in progress regarding your sensors and motherboard? The DHG-A device rings a bell for me (I've been working on LM_sensor configuration for a few days straight now) but I can't recall right off if it's supported fully or not.
Yep, I'm hoping to receiving a response from their mailing list, but I wanted to make sure that I was not overlooking some "killer app" that everybody else uses. It appears that everything in Linux depends on lm_sensors. I stumbled across xmbon, but it has not been updated since 2002, so I have not really tried using it on my 2007 hardware. Plus, it died during make, complaining of unknown arch type, "x86_64" - not a good sign.

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Originally Posted by GrapefruiTgirl
If you have the necessary kernel support enabled for your board's sensors, you could write a program or script or cron-job to 'cat' the /proc directories where the sensors readings are stored; pretty clumsy, but if you just wanted to check the values on occasion, it should work.
Hmmm, I guess I have never poked around too much in /proc. ... I just looked in there, and nothing jumps out at me. I'm sure it's there, because I have all the necessary modules loaded. I just don't know where too look.

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Originally Posted by GrapefruiTgirl
Another Linux tool is called RT_sensors, but again, it uses LM_sensors as a back-end.

Have you run the sensors-detect script to check for the status/existence/detection of the sensors you have?
Yep, and it does a good job detecting them. Unfortunately, the W83791G (reported as a W83791D) has really bad data - like so bad, I don't think the W83791D can be used to access the W83791G. The other two devices (Intel's Quad-Core CPU and WinBond W83627DHG) are found and reported - they just have no data - nothing to report.

Oh, well, I guess I just need to stick it out on the lm_sensors mailing list.

Thanks for the help!
 
  


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