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Author Topic: Motherboard Monitor, or Something Else?  (Read 10633 times)
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« on: September 22, 2006, 07:12:10 AM »

I've been using Motherboard Monitor (http://mbm.livewiredev.com/) in my system tray to monitor cpu temperature.

Does anyone else have an alternative they thing is better?  I just want it in the tray, not taking up space on my screen.  My main concern is cpu temperature but i wouldn't mind options to display other stuff like hd temps.  Should be very light on cpu resources.
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2006, 07:23:42 AM »

SpeedFan is very popular.
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2006, 07:40:06 AM »

I second SpeedFan ... not you don't have to use it to automatically control fan speeds but you can if you want and it works great. It is particularly easy to set up now they have started building a database of configurations for motherboards.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2006, 07:51:41 AM »

speedfann looks nice, going to give it a try. simpler is better.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2006, 08:18:37 AM »

If simplicity is the aim, then Mobmeter might be the best solution: No install, almost no config, just run and it sits in the tray.

Cons: it might only work for mobile computers and it doesn't display the temp on the tray, needs to be clicked to display a dialog with it. (the dialog can be small, on top, transparent, etc.)
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2006, 10:22:10 AM »

SpeedFan all the way.

It also checks S.M.A.R.T. and can compare/explain the results online (click "In depth online analysis").





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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2006, 12:39:08 PM »

speedfan is ok but didnt grab me.. would be nice to be able to show a few stats in tray instead of just one.
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2006, 01:22:05 PM »

Then Everest could be an option. It's a complete monitoring solution, the items to be shown in tray are customizable but it's not free and it takes about 14 MB RAM in tray.


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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2006, 01:26:26 PM »

ooh everest looks fun..
official home page: http://www.lavalys.com/products.php?lang=en

looks like there is an older freeware home version?
http://www.softpedia.com/...verest-Home-Edition.shtml
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2006, 01:47:37 PM »

Perhaps you'll like this one better?

http://www.techpowerup.com/systool/


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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2006, 01:57:44 PM »

SysTool is really cool, especially for hardware freaks.

Everest has had a free version derived from an even older but popular tool called Aida32. If you only need the monitoring stuff and the PC is not top notch that the freeware version could work very well.
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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2006, 01:59:32 PM »

Hmm... I'm liking mobmeter EXCEPT that it's using 11MB of RAM - having its window on top or minimized makes no difference. I'm going to give systool a shot next. I was a happy Everest (and before that AIDA) user until they ditched the freeware version. Their pricing is really reasonable, though... If you aren't changing hardware all the time, the last freeware version should be all you ever need.
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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2006, 02:48:41 PM »

i'm liking systool the best so far.



ps. 4mb background usage (compared to 3.5 for motherboard monitor)
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« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2006, 03:53:23 AM »

SysTool leaves behind a SysTool.sys driver in system32 after uninstalled.  Roll Eyes

I hope I've got rid of it completely although I removed manually the file and some registry entries.
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2006, 05:14:47 AM »

SysTool doesn't recognise my mobo Sad

By the way it didn't leave a file in System32 on my uninstall - did you still have it running in your system tray when you ran the uninstaller?
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« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2006, 06:00:26 AM »

No, I don't think so.

C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers - that's the correct path for SysTool.sys file.
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« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2006, 06:18:06 AM »

Quite right it was there ...
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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2006, 06:56:39 AM »

Wow - I see what you mean by the dregs left in the registry - there were dozens of entries left behind ... not good!
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