I'm trying to get the current fan speed of our Ubuntu 14.04 Server. The fans are extremely loud so I assume there is something going wrong.

I already installed lm-sensor But it says it needs to know the chip name in order to display

$ sensors detect
Parse error in chip name `detect'
Try `sensors -h' for more information

However I don't know the chip name and I also don't know how to find it. Can anybody help? Maybe lm-sensors is too old for our machine since we just bought it.

I guess this is the mainboard name:

sysGen/GIGABYTE Barebone SYS-G250-G52  
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    I think that the command you want is: sensors-detect .... notice the dash in the name. – mdpc Jan 9 '18 at 23:53

If you just start sensors, its output will include the chip names if the appropriate kernel modules are loaded:

↪ sensors                  
Adapter: Virtual device
temp1:        +27.8°C  (crit = +119.0°C)
temp2:        +29.8°C  (crit = +119.0°C)

Adapter: ISA adapter
Package id 0:  +29.0°C  (high = +80.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 0:        +29.0°C  (high = +80.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 1:        +26.0°C  (high = +80.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 2:        +26.0°C  (high = +80.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 3:        +26.0°C  (high = +80.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

Both acpitz-virtual-0 and coretemp-isa-0000 are chip names.

However, I assume you don't want to execute sensors detect, but sensors-detect, which detects hardware monitoring chips in your system. sensors detect instructs sensors to print the readings of a chip called detect.

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  • And failing that, the lshw utility can show you all the chips, etc. I'd even use the HTML option adn dump to a file for easy viewing in a browser - lshw -html > /path/to/html/file – ivanivan Jan 9 '18 at 20:01

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