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I just installed the package sensors-applet and I'm having a hard time reading the outputs. It's giving me 4 different temperature readings:
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The first two (TZ01 and temp1) always give exactly the same reading (usually 50°C/122°F); however, TZ01 properties says that 60°C is a high value, while temp1 properties says that 90°C is a high value. I'm assuming they're both the CPU, but which one has the correct high value?

Furthermore, I still don't know what the other two are about. They always report similar (but not identical) temperature levels (usually around 15-17°C/58-64°F). What are they?

I'm running a single core laptop (Athlon Neo)with inboard graphics.

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Thermal sensor are specific to a each computer type. For example, the IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad series sensors are described here

Try to search the Internet for you laptop type and see where each sensor is positioned.

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Gnome sensors applet works fine (for my Asus K52F, Ubuntu 10.10). Please, install the latest version of sensors applet from here link text. During installation process do not forget to mark hdd daemon startup loading. I personally choose the following sensors: Libsensors Temp1, hddtemp.

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I'm not saying it doesn't work. I'm asking what the names mean. – Malabarba Nov 13 '10 at 20:43

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