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Forgive the ignorance on my part, but one step at a time.


Issue #1. don't know how to use conky.
Okay, simple enough, but I want to keep the current (stock) style of conky, but I need to add CPU temp, GPU temp, and Network activity to it. How would I go about getting them to display?

Issue #2. Power Usage.
How can I set it up to use less power? basically just want my newish (less than 2 months old and less than 20 charge cycles) 9 cell battery to last longer than 40 minutes. Under ubuntu it lasts more or less 2 hours, and I think the issue is it keeping the CPU at full out all the time. Also would be nice if it would downclock to reduce heat (does fine in ubuntu and windows), and for it to either go to sleep mode or hibernate when the screen is shut down.

Issue #3, 4, 5 and so on.
Lack of knowledge. Is there something like a field manual or something for it? Somewhere to get more info, to basically show the how to do practically anything in it?
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Forgive the ignorance on my part, but one step at a time.


Issue #1. don't know how to use conky.
Okay, simple enough, but I want to keep the current (stock) style of conky, but I need to add CPU temp, GPU temp, and Network activity to it. How would I go about getting them to display?

Issue #2. Power Usage.
How can I set it up to use less power? basically just want my newish (less than 2 months old and less than 20 charge cycles) 9 cell battery to last longer than 40 minutes. Under ubuntu it lasts more or less 2 hours, and I think the issue is it keeping the CPU at full out all the time. Also would be nice if it would downclock to reduce heat (does fine in ubuntu and windows), and for it to either go to sleep mode or hibernate when the screen is shut down.

Issue #3, 4, 5 and so on.
Lack of knowledge. Is there something like a field manual or something for it? Somewhere to get more info, to basically show the how to do practically anything in it?

1. in a terminal:
Code:
geany ~/.conkyrc
theres all your settings

2. I can't answer this, I don't own a laptop. you may want to try upgrading to the 'testing' release though, its pretty stable and kernel 2.6.2x is known to have a big power bug. or you could backport. If your interested I can post step by steps

3. not really What do you need help with? #! may not be the best distro for you to start off with. the menu's not self generating, etc. etc. easy once you know whats going on but for a new user I would recommend either LMDE or Mint 14. however, since you have it installed you may just want to install a full desktop to start off with. since your already using openbox why not try LXDE?
Code:
sudo aptitude install lxde
(in a terminal)
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Originally Posted by jrl1357 View Post

1. in a terminal:
Code:
geany ~/.conkyrc
theres all your settings
aye, it don't work.


however it is easy enough to grab the .conkyrc. Its in the main menu.
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3. not really What do you need help with? #! may not be the best distro for you to start off with. the menu's not self generating, etc. etc. easy once you know whats going on but for a new user I would recommend either LMDE or Mint 14. however, since you have it installed you may just want to install a full desktop to start off with. since your already using openbox why not try LXDE?
Code:
sudo aptitude install lxde
(in a terminal)
I am not starting off, just moving from Ubuntu, which is horrible as it is just like windows (meaning it is possible to never touch the terminal. frown.gif ) I like openbox, that is no issue what so ever. Just kind of want to learn more about how Crunchbang ticks.
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Originally Posted by wolfeking View Post

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Originally Posted by jrl1357 View Post

1. in a terminal:
Code:
geany ~/.conkyrc
theres all your settings
aye, it don't work.


however it is easy enough to grab the .conkyrc. Its in the main menu.
Quote:
3. not really What do you need help with? #! may not be the best distro for you to start off with. the menu's not self generating, etc. etc. easy once you know whats going on but for a new user I would recommend either LMDE or Mint 14. however, since you have it installed you may just want to install a full desktop to start off with. since your already using openbox why not try LXDE?
Code:
sudo aptitude install lxde
(in a terminal)
I am not starting off, just moving from Ubuntu, which is horrible as it is just like windows (meaning it is possible to never touch the terminal. frown.gif ) I like openbox, that is no issue what so ever. Just kind of want to learn more about how Crunchbang ticks.

geany is the text editor I thought was installed in #!. try gedit install gedit or geany, or if it comes to it use nano or vi
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okay, Gedit is the included one. Got the CPU temp up just fine, so I guess now it is off to find the necessary commands to get GPU info and Network info on it.

this is how it looks now.
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http://conky.sourceforge.net/docs.html this is what I have been using to set it up. Just going one at a time looking for information I might need or want. Just takes time I think.


and thanks for your help so far.
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hit a wall, in two forms. Got all the info I need, minus network IP address and activity (both up and down), but I will figure network out later. More apt to fix what I have done so far. :/

,conkyrc reads as:
Code:
# conky configuration
#
# The list of variables has been removed from this file in favour
# of keeping the documentation more maintainable.
# Check http://conky.sf.net for an up-to-date-list.
#
# For ideas about how to modify conky, please see:
# http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic/59/my-conky-config/
#
# For help with conky, please see:
# http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic/2047/conky-help/
#
# Enjoy! :)
##############################################
#  Settings
##############################################
background yes
use_xft yes
xftfont sans:size=9
xftalpha 1
update_interval 1.0
total_run_times 0
own_window yes
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_type desktop
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
double_buffer yes
minimum_size 200 200
maximum_width 240
draw_shades no
draw_outline no
draw_borders no
draw_graph_borders no
default_color d8d8d8
default_shade_color 000000
default_outline_color d9d7d6
alignment top_right
gap_x 12
gap_y 24
no_buffers yes
uppercase no
cpu_avg_samples 2
override_utf8_locale no
##############################################
#  Output
##############################################
TEXT
S Y S T E M    I N F O
${hr}
Host:$alignr$nodename
Uptime:$alignr$uptime
RAM:$alignr$mem/$memmax

HDD Temp:$alignr${hddtemp} *C
Swap usage:$alignr$swap/$swapmax
Disk usage:$alignr${fs_used /}/${fs_size /}

Charge:$alignr${battery_percent}%
Time:$alignr${battery_time}

CPU Speed:$alignr${freq_g} GHz
CPU Volt:$alignr${voltage_mv} V
CPU usage:$alignr${cpu cpu0}%
CPU Temp:$alignr${acpitemp} *C

GPU Speed:$alignr${nvidia gpufreq} MHz 
GPU RAM:$alignr${nvidia memfreq} MHz
GPU Temp:$alignr${nvidia temp} *C

and it outputs a conky read of:



As you can see, there are some N/A readings, and one just plain blank readings. I am working off the idea that I probably told it to reference a diagnostic that is not installed, or gave it a reference point that don't work with my laptop. Nvidia info should work, but not sure what is up. The GPU is a FX2500m, and I have not yet ran the driver install, as I am pretty comfortable with it running off the included driver, and I really am not sure how to get a driver for such an old card. Dell don't have it for sure.
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for me to get conky to display hdd temp i needed to install hddtemp (im using debian). This is what I used to display nvidia gpu stats

${goto 50}Fan: ${execi 60 nvidia-settings -q [fan:0]/GPUCurrentFanSpeed -t} %
${goto 50}Core Temp: ${nvidia temp}°C
${goto 50}GPU Speed: ${nvidia gpufreq}Mhz
${goto 50}Mem Speed: ${nvidia memfreq}Mhz

and to display hdd temp

${goto 50}Hard Drive Temp: ${hddtemp /dev/sda} ºC

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