CPU stands for Central Processing Unit, and is the main processing chip used in every computer. Brands include Intel, AMD and ARM. CPUs are commonly available in 32- and 64-bit, and come in a variety of frequencies or with multiple cores.

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How do I get the CPU temperature?

How do I get the CPU temperature?
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Kworker, what is it and why is it hogging so much CPU?

I recently upgraded to the Kubuntu Natty Beta 1 and I've been having a lot of issues with the process kworker. At moments it uses almost half my CPU. Also, strangely enough it seems to affect my USB ...
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Why does kworker cpu usage get so high? [duplicate]

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my Samsung laptop alongside Windows 7. Whenever I use Ubuntu (even when its idle) kworker uses almost 90% of one of 8-cores. Even though it doesn't really affect ...
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Any way to check the clock speed of my processor?

Is there any way to check at which clock speed my processor is running? I have already tried cat /proc/cpuinfo but the clock speed I'm running isn't showing. I know Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) ...
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Kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU. How can I install Lubuntu/Ubuntu?

I'm trying to install Lubuntu on my laptop (sorta old 2005). [Laptop stats: Intel® Celeron® CPU 410 @ 1.46 GHz 1.47GHz, 448 MB of RAM] I press Install and this message appears: This kernel requires ...
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Is Ubuntu optimized for multicore CPUs?

Does Ubuntu make use of multicore CPUs (as Windows 7 is said to do)? In other words, is it multitasking optimized so that users will take benefit of 4+ core processors?
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HP Pavilion G6 1209 temperature higher than usual and fan working in 11.10

Installing Ubuntu on this new machine i had various problems, so I asked around ask ubuntu for a solution. This is the latest one! :D When I start the pc it shows the temperature around 50-55. When I ...
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When will we get Sandy Bridge support?

I'd like to build a machine running Ubuntu and using the new Sandy bridge (i5 2500 specifically) intel cpu's. I heard that 10.10 doesn't have the best support (or simply won't work) with the new cpus ...
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How to determine if CPU VT extensions enabled in bios?

I know the command to figure out if a CPU can support VMware Workstation 8 or VMware Player 4: $ grep flags /proc/cpuinfo flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov ...
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Maximum CPU frequency stuck at low value

I have observed a problem with Ubuntu 13.04. The problem was not there on 11.10 I used earlier. The maximum CPU frequency is stuck at 2GHzon my Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2620M CPU @ 2.70GHz (Dell Lattitude ...
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High CPU usage without a process to blame. What is [migration/x]?

For the past few days my computer has been revving its fans while not doing very much. I'm talking an instance of Firefox, gedit, few terminator windows and that's about it. I have conky running on my ...
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Hyperthreading on 32-bit but not on 64-bit?

I have a strange situation. I have two computers with identical hardware, both Core i5, exactly the same model. The only difference is the OS, one has 12.04 32-bit and the other one has 12.04 64-bit. ...
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100.0% usage by Audio codec hwC0D0: Realtek

I ran powertop, and it says that the Realtek audio codec is using 100.0% of the cpu. Is this a problem? I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 32-bit on Intel® Core™ i7 CPU M 640 @ 2.80GHz × 4 Sony VAIO laptop.
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Getting Processor Information

I have just ran lshw to get some information about a machine I know nothing about, and I just wanted to confirm something. Does this basically mean it is a dual core 64 bit processor that is ...
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Is there any version of Ubuntu that does not require PAE?

For the first time I tried to install Xubuntu 12.04 on my computer using the Grub4dos way. However, it stuck and showed "This kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU : PAE". I ...
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What is the current frequency of my processor (CPU-Z equivalent)?

Is there a ubuntu program like CPU-Z which will show me the actual frequency of my processor? I do a fair amount of scientific computing which leads to me running my programs for up to 10 hrs. To ...
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How to keep the laptop's temperature low without hardware cleaning?

Last few days I found out that when I open Google Chrome and the laptop's fans start working really hard and I can not touch the mousepad because of heating. I use Ubuntu 11.10 on my Toshiba A350-22z ...
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Why does CPU usage spikes to 90% and more after wake from suspend on Ubuntu 13.04?

On an Acer C7 Chromebook running ChrUbunutu (not CROUTON) I noticed a problem after moving to 13.04. If I put the system to sleep and then wake it up both CPU cores spike to 90%+ usage. Soon after ...
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Can i automatically kill any application that uses more than a certain percentage of the CPU and/or RAM?

What i need from my computer, now that it's summer at least, should never use a lot of resources - when applications do so it's because of some kind of bug or memory leak. Is there any way to ...
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Reinstall of OS after CPU Upgrade needed?

I recently upgraded my CPU from an Athlon II X2 250 to the Athlon II X4 610E(45W 4 cores -- can't beat the efficiency). Is an ubuntu reinstall required?
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Ubuntu 11 and 12 initially fast but later bogs down, CPU pegged

I started with Ubuntu 11 a few weeks ago. It's on a DELL M4300 with a OCZ SSD. Default setup, except that I've installed the proprietary NVIDIA graphics and BROADCOM wireless drivers. Dual boot ...
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higher cpu usage in ubuntu 12.04 than windows 7

Hi I have a Intel Core i5 with 6GB of Ram using ubuntu 12.04 64bit. I noticed that whenever I run chrome which is the faster browser for me in linux) when I watch youtube, the CPU usage for Chrome ...
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High CPU usage even when no application is running(Desktop)

I always have high CPU usage in Ubuntu in every version of it that I have used. I have been using Ubuntu from 10.04 version. My CPU usage even at idle is more than 30% for each core(unlike Windows 7 ...
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How do I boot Ubuntu in VirtualBox complaining that my CPU is incompatible?

After a long time spent with OS from boys from Redmont I would like to try something new. I decided to try some Linux editions, also Ubuntu Linux. I am completely new to this matter, this is also my ...
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Is it normal for compiz to consume 40% of my CPU with no other programs running?

When I have no other programs running, compiz takes up at least 40% of my CPU. Is this normal? If it is normal, is there anyway I could make this program take a smaller percentage?
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CPU temperature monitor for 14.04LTS?

Is there a way to configure psensor so the temperatures read out in real time in the panel so it could be read at a glance? So far, in order to read the temperature I have to click on the applet ...
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Dropbox is taking too much CPU time. How can I fix it?

I recently noticed that Dropbox is taking about 50-90% of my CPU for more than just a few seconds sometimes - mostly when downloading/syncing many or large files. Still, I guess that even when ...
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What can I do to prevent Ubuntu from overheating my Notebook?

I have an easynote tj65 (2.1 ghz dual core with Geforce GT240M) running Ubuntu 11.10 and Windows 7 in dual-boot-mode. While Windows 7 doesn't have any comparable issues, Ubuntu is making my notebook ...
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How to use cgroup in ubuntu 13.04

I'm trying to learn how cgroup works on Ubuntu and seems that cgroup doesn't work in Ubuntu 13.04. I am using the answer to this question How to set cpu limit for given process permanently. Cpulimit ...
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Fan speed high since upgrade to 12.04

Since I have updated to 12.04 LTS my desktop pc's fan runs permanently with high speed and is annoyingly noisy. CPU temperature is low. Here is what the sensors command gets me: nouveau-pci-0400 ...
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Lenovo ThinkPad L520 slows down when AC power adapter is plugged in

I have a new laptop Lenovo ThinkPad L520 (7859-5BG) Core i5-2520M(2.5GHz) with 4GB RAM. Having installed Ubuntu 11.10 32-bit, while browsing with Chrome on GNOME classic (no effects), I noticed 173% ...
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Which file is called or event is fired when we plug-in / plug-out power supply to the laptop?

Everytime I plug-in or plug-out powersupply the CPU frequency is changed to 'powersave' which results in reduced efficiency. I need to be on 'performance' all the time. I've made a small java utility ...
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How to set governors for Intel to work as old good ondemand?

I used to work on my laptop on ondemand governor, which was switching CPU frequency depending on CPU usage. It worked quite nice for years and had three very important advantages: low hardware ...
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Taking The Cores Offline

I have Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz × 8 process which has 4 physical cores and 4 logical cores. Most of the time i been on AskUbuntu, Watching videos, Basically no processor hungry ...
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After drop of Unity2D in 12.10: How to tackle high load of Unity/compiz on netbooks? [closed]

Update: Though it's not fully clear to me why this Q should be off-topic and I have doubts that a bug report will help, I filed a bug report at https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/1067349 Please ...
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Using quad core, but only 1 CPU entry in `/proc/cpuinfo`? Is SMP running on my computer?

I just upgraded my system and did a clean install of Ubuntu when I did (Installed Oneiric Ocelot from the CD last week but yesterday upgraded to 12.04 LTS). I have an i7 920 (quad core with ...
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ACPI 30k+ interrupts per second

My computer is currently doing something like 30k+ interrupts per second. This causes battery issues as well as the CPU being always stuck at the highest speed, making it very hot (overheating.. 75C ...
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What the different hardware temperatures listed in psensor, sensor viewer etc reffer to?

I have installed psensor and see a list of temperatures, but listed as ”Temperature 1”, 2, 3 etc . I can only guess where the processor is: but who's who for sure? The same question stands for ...
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Fan always on and overheating problems on HP G62

I have a HP G62 with i5 processor, 4G Ram and ATI HD 5470. Started using Ubuntu 4 months ago, first was 11.10 and after 12.04. Everything worked perfectly until some weeks ago when my cpu fan became ...
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Is there a way to change the speed of a CPU fan?

I got a more powerful CPU and can see from the system load applet that whenever the CPU has got some work, the fan turns up very much. It's much louder than before even if the CPU was working hard. ...
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Can't install 12.04 server under Intel Pentium M

I recently decided to upgrade ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04. My old MV Mobeus was already dual-booting the desktop and server versions of Ubuntu from the GRUB boot loader. I managed to upgrade the desktop ...
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Does Ubuntu support Core Parking?

Core parking is a new feature that introduced in Windows 7 to get better Battery performance . Depending on the resource use of the operating system it may park one or multiple cores of a multi-core ...
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Very High CPU usage on HP dv7 Laptop when IDLE

I'm pretty new to Linux computing. So I finally thought of giving Ubuntu a try, by dualbooting it with Windows 8 on my hp dv7-6006tx laptop. Laptop Specs But after installation, I immediately ...
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Why is the Intel Turbo Boost Mode not running at maximum speed?

I tested CPU frequencies with either the Intel tool i7z and turbostat from the linux-tools package (sudo modprobe msr, sudo turbostat) and what I find as maximum frequencies for two different ...
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Overheating problem on Ubuntu 13.04

I have recently upgraded Ubuntu to 13.04. Since this time I have overheating problems with CPU and graphic card. I also can't use fglrx drivers, because Ubuntu does not work properly, so I use the ...
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What is my CPU Temperature

to get my CPU temperatures i first typed sudo sensors-detect and confirmed everything with yes. Then i typed sudo service module-init-tools restart Now this is the output of sudo sensors, but which ...
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Why is Ubuntu detecting only one processor core?

My processor is Intel P6100 which is a Dual Core processor. When I do cat /proc/cpuinfo this is what get varun@varun-K52F:~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu ...
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Understanding machine config, multiprocessor or multi-core or both?

I want to know how many processors my ubuntu box has and if they are multicore. I did cat /proc/cpuinfo and I see something like this processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : ...
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14.04, I have Disabled CPU throttling, but installing Atlas says: “CPU Throttling apparently enabled”

My PC is using ubuntu 14.04, and I need install Atlas. Atlas says: it need to disable CPU throttling, I have done the job to disable it. cat ...
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Why Ubuntu 15.04 with kernel 3.19.0-15 is using significantly more power?

I've recently upgraded to 15.04 and immediately noticed significantly faster battery depletion and warmer case. My MacBook Air 6,2 would easily hold 10-12 hours on battery power with Ubuntu 14.10 and ...