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First, install sensor libraries
sudo apt-get install lm-sensors hddtemp
Run the daemon when asked and accept the default values.
Answer YES to every question. (Default answer is yes except for the last one.)
Load kernel module
The last lines of the previous process will be something like:
# Chip drivers
You may have something different than coretemp and that is the module name you need to load. Load that module with the name of the shown module instead of <module name>:
sudo modprobe <module name>
In the example case above, you would enter sudo modprobe coretemp
The temperature detection should be working now. You can check it by entering
This should show the temperature values.
To be able to check it continuously in GNOME, you can setup the sensors-applet on the desktop panel.
sudo apt-get install sensors-applet
Right-click on the panel and select Add to Panel. Double click on Hardware Sensors Monitor and the applet should appear on the panel.
You can right click on the applet and select Preferences to modify it.