CPU Type - possible to get extended info in Dashboard?



  • Firstoff, THANK YOU to all developers and forum supporters of pfSense, an incredible piece of programming and tool. I will not be a one post wonder. So much to explore and learn. Cheers!


    Running 2.1.3-RELEASE (i386) on Barton 2600+ (retail) and Abit NF7-S V2. Dashboard only shows CPU Type | AMD Athlon™. Is this a limit of what information can be gathered for my particular CPU n mobo via Dashboard or in pfSense?

    Temp shows correctly under Temperature (via API, correct?) but would like to monitor extended CPU info, such as speed, etc., under CPU Type to assess  PowerD. I have seen screenshots where some are able to do so. Years ago when this was my primary system, I was able to get extended CPU and system info via hardware monitoring programs such as CPUID, HWmonitor, etc.

    This is my first time using any non-Windows flavor of OS. I am an advanced pc user but am realistic about, know my limits, etc. I build my own systems and normally, at least know where to find the info I am seeking or where to ask and able to implement.

    Thank you.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    The output is taken from what the OS prints at boot time for the CPU type. Most CPUs will output their basic info there (model, speed, etc) but that's between the CPU/BIOS and the OS, not much we can do for that.

    You can look in /var/log/dmesg.boot to see what information is printed near the top of the file at boot time about the CPU



  • Thanks, jimp. I follow you.



  • I am not sure if this is exactly what the OP was talking about, but it appears relevant to one of my current issues.

    I am running a 4g nano image 2.1.5 .
    I have enabled PowerD.

    In the Webgui Dashoard and under CPU type, the CPU is correctly identified as a 600Mhz Celeron M. It is displayed within a lined box which is 1 row in height.
    When the CPU speed changes ( I assume! ) the box enlarges to 2 rows and the rest of the info below, moves down a line. After a few seconds the speed disappears and everything moves up a line.

    At the start, because no info was displayed, I thought PowerD wasn't working. But because I had been having issues with a couple of new installs, I had the Webgui running in front of me while I worked on the hardware and caught the screen re-draw.

    Some of the other info boxes have more than one info line by default and don't have any additional info to display. Can an extra line space be added to the CPU type box so that the info can be permanently displayed ?



  • I noticed this "jumping" display too and thought I'd search for it.  In my case a RCC-VE2440 with PowerD set to HiAdaptive.  Every so often the display switches from 2 lines…

    Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU C2358 @ 1.74GHz
    2 CPUs: 1 package(s) x 2 core(s)

    To 3 lines (example)…

    Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU C2358 @ 1.74GHz
    Current: 1600 MHz, Max: 2100 MHz
    2 CPUs: 1 package(s) x 2 core(s)

    And then back.  Kind of interesting, I am not sure what to make of it.  CPU usage during the entire time this is happening is between 0%-5%


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    The CPU frequency is only printed when it is not running at full speed. So if that third line is omitted, the CPU is running full bore and is not stepped down.


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