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Seeking suggestions for a good temperature/fan speed monitor program...


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#1 spc3rd

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:41 PM

Good evening everyone,

I am looking for recommendations on a decent temperature/fan speed monitoring program to use, preferably with the following attributes:

1. Ease of use (user-friendly interface & simple-to-understand instructions).
2. Free software (preferred, but will consider a paid program - if not expensive).
3. * A program which has a low probability of causing any damage to, or significant problems with my computer.

Also, it doesn't matter if the application has the ability to change the fan speed. I intend to leave that the way it currently is set.

* The reason for question # 3 is because the info I read about one particular program had a disclaimer stating the provider "could not be held responsible if their software caused any damage or other computer problems."

Thank you for your time and any suggestions! :busy:

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:47 PM

Hi

I've used a lot of different ones but lately I've been using Open Hardware Monitor the most.

http://openhardwaremonitor.org/

My main reason is because I have not encountered a sensor that it does not detect. On the many different machines that I have had to detect fans, temps and voltages on it has worked well for me so far.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:54 PM

Thanks very much for the recommendation, James! :thumbsup:

I did try one program, however, for some reason it only displayed one temperature reading...no fan speeds or any of the other items it was supposed to display. I'll check out the one you've mentioned and see if it provides what I'm looking for.

EDIT: I noticed on the website, it shows ALL versions of the software have been BETA versions. Does this mean they never release a final/finshed version?

EDIT # 2: I installed the program. It displays the hard drive temperature and a couple of other items, but no fan speed is shown.

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Edited by spc3rd, 23 March 2012 - 08:17 PM.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:30 PM

Don't have any answers for your questions about the previous recommendation by NeverSayDie. But this is an app that has been around for a long time and I've recommended before.

SpeedFan by Alfredo Milani Comparetti

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:51 PM

I appreciate the feedback, Animal!

Ironically...Speedfan was the very application I was referring to in my OP about having that disclaimer.

I'll give it a try to see how it works. :thumbup2:

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:10 PM

With the ability to control fan speeds I am not surprised at the disclaimer. I can just imagine somewhere some person decides to see how 'quiet' he can get his or her fans and toasts his/her cpu and tries to blame the software or developer. A software developer with any semblance of legal knowledge will protect themselves from dangerous neophytes or unscrupulous users.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:23 PM

You're right on target...especially about the massive numbers of unscrupulous people out there! :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:55 PM

Have you checked out http://www.moo0.com/software/SystemMonitor/
Free, and highly customizable.
I use the portable version.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:33 AM

Thanks for the info, tg1911.

I've decided to forego any monitoring program. I've discovered that the last program I tried, SpeedFan, not only corrupted the existing Speccy program I had, but after I removed the old Speccy program and downloaded it again from Piriform, I am still getting the same errors again. It reads, "Cannot initialize SPC.dll."

I have no idea what that SpeedFan program has done to my computer, and now need help in ascertaining how to remedy this situation. (I've already done scans with my AV & MBAM just to make certain there was not some malware downloaded; scans were clean).

I removed the old Speccy program via the Add/Remove Programs function, but when I went in and tried to delete the Speccy folder in the Program Files area, it generated 1 message asking if I was sure I wanted to remove the folder as doing so might cause other programs not to function properly & I clicked <CONTINUE>. I next got an "Access Denied" error message.

Any ideas on how to resolve this mess or do I need to go and post a new topic about it? :blink:

Regards,

Edited by spc3rd, 24 March 2012 - 12:35 AM.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:03 AM

I would suggest contacting Piriform and advising them of the issue. See if they are aware that speedfan installs breaks their app.

http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showforum=22

I would start with Speccy Bug Reporting topic.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:01 AM

O.k...I appreciate the additional info, Animal!

Best regards,

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