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Ksensors is an LMsensors frontend for KDE that is installed by default with MEPIS 7. It allows you to monitor a motherboard by accessing information from temperature and fan speed sensors. NOTE: to get a temperature reading, your CPU must be capable of providing that information.

Ksensors depends on modules that allow interaction with hardware sensors. Laptops are notoriously bad in that respect, but many desktop mobos come with standardized hardware sensors that supply info such as motherboard temperature, CPU temp, graphics chip temp, fan speed, voltage etc.


To activate these sensors, you need to do the following:

  • open a console
  • type su and your password to become root
  • type sensors-detect
  • the sensors-detect script will start asking some questions about which type of sensors you wish to poll.
  • Just accept the default answers and let it check all possible sensor types.
  • If sensors are detected, you will be asked if the modules should be added to the modules load file (/etc/modules). Answer yes here as well.
  • Reboot the machine.


Right click on the KSensors icon in your system tray and select configure from the menu.


Go to System Information and make sure the Visible box is checked for the items you want to display. NOTE: You will need to click Apply after you check the box for each item. Otherwise, it won't remember it when you go to the next item.

Once configured, you should see your selected items when you click on KSensors. If not, maximize the screen and you should be able to move the items around (try moving them to the upper left corner and then resize as desired).

To add hard disk temp, install package hddtemp using Synaptic, or on the command line type:

apt-get install hddtemp

Then configure it:

dpkg-reconfigure hddtemp

Answering yes to the first question is only recommended if you accept any possible risks involved (probably low). Restart KSensors and you should now see hard drive temp into included.



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