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KSysGuard / System Monitor Installation Tutorial

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By Jason Jones

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Posted: 8 Nov 2004

Do you ever wonder what your computer is doing when it's just sitting there after you click the button to load a program and nothing happens for awhile? Well, there's no magic bullet that can explain everything to you, but there is something that will let you know what part, and how much of your computer is being used. There are two different programs, one for Gnome and one for KDE. I'll explain how to get both of them working. Let's first look at KDE.


The program is called KsysGuard and it does a wonderful job of monitoring your CPU cycles, your network traffic, your memory usage, and a lot of other things. Getting it to work is simple. Simply follow these steps, and you'll be up and running in no time.

Right click on your main toolbar on your desktop -- anywhere where there isn't already a program icon, then hover over Add (click), then Applet (click), then KSysGuard, (click).

After you've clicked on the KSysGuard option, you should see a wonderful little applet appear on your toolbar.

The default setup for this nifty little tool is to monitor your CPU usage and your memory usage. You can set it up so it monitors a whole lot more. You can tweak the settings of this gem by right clicking on each monitor box (sensor) and selecting properties. You can also increase the number of sensors it has (default is 2) by right clicking on the control bar just to the left of the left-most sensor (there is a tiny black up-arrow immediately above the control bar) and selecting ?configure KSysGuard...?.

Here's what mine looks like with monitors for CPU, Memory, and both of my network interfaces.


For gnome, there is a nice little tool called System Monitor and it does a very nice job at monitoring your computer's behavior as well. It comes with the base install of Gnome so chances are, you already have it installed. The way you display it is as follows:

Right click on your gnome desktop toolbar, hover over Add to Panel (click), then hover over Utility (click), then click on System Monitor.

After you click on it, the monitor should appear in your toolbar with one sensor. It defaults to the CPU.

If you right click on the monitor window and click on preferences, you'll see the following window appear:

Simply click on the appropriate Monitored Resources, and they'll magically appear in your system monitor on your desktop toolbar.


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