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#1 User is offline   tico78 

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 09:44 PM

I wish I had constant monitoring on my computer . I've never had a car without a dashboard with gauges to inform me of my auto's parameters. With all the things that go wrong on computers , why don't computers come with a dashboard ? , specially helpful would be a temperature gauge. I recently ran out of hardrive space on my laptop, mostly due to my music collection, when I inquired Dell as to upgrading the hardrive, I asked if I should also change the fans, since they're older than 3yrs., they said no , so I asked a simple question , when do I know that the computer is overheating , they said , when it's running HOT ! , I asked what's hot , and how do I prevent overheating prior to disk /motherboard damage , they could not give me an answer.
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Posted 25 April 2009 - 10:39 PM

This has existed in various forms forever.

Most motherboards have CPU temperature monitoring built in. Under Linux, I simply loaded up the daemon and dropped the various widgets onto the taskbar.

Under Windows, you'll have to track down some temperature/fan monitoring software. Or I'll have to... googling...

This one seems to do everything, and is actively developed.

http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

This one just grabs CPU temperatures.

http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/
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