CPU Frequency Scaling applet in Unity

Indicator applet for displaying and changing CPU frequency on-the-fly. It provides the same functionality as the Gnome CPU frequency applet, but doesn't require Gnome panel and works under Unity.

Install CPU frequency applet on ubuntu 11.04(Natty)

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:artfwo/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-cpufreq

Create unity launcher

You can create unity launcher using the following procedure

Right click on desktop, select "create launcher" name it, icon it, and put "indicator-cpufreq" as the command. then drag it to the unity launcher.

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8 Responses

  1. Ubuntux says:

    Hi, I’m missing something… In the old Gnome applet you could choose between the different CPU’s in your computer. Here this option doesn’t seem to exist. Do you know if it works for this indicator-cpufreq?

  2. kotnik says:

    It doesn’t work (I guess icon-set is incompatible).

    I guess we’ll be hearing a lot of complaints for applets.

  3. zitroneneis says:

    sadly enough it doesn’t work for me, too.
    Launching the app within an terminal doesn’t give any output, launching it within the launcher panel leads to a blinking icon, and nothing more

  4. Aslan says:

    Works for me. The applet appears and the options are selectable and it does scale the CPU frequency.

  5. ThomasWaldmann says:

    Works, but is invisible in the panel, no icon.

    I only found it by clicking on the leftmost icon (bluetooth applet) there and moving slightly to the left, then the cpufreq menu appears.

  6. nikolay says:

    the appl. works, BUT my laptop doesn’t respond to the different power modes
    EX. As soon as I change it from 2.4mgz to 1.8or0.8 I get back again 2.4

    I really like Ubuntu,but my lap top runs at full speed all the time,so it get hot60-65C. On Win7 I run it on 60% of its capacity as a result its much cooler aprox 48C-53C.

    Could you help me

  7. Leigh says:

    This worked brilliantly for me. Thanks for the guide, much appreciated.

  8. Jasper says:

    I’me no good at python, and was looking at a way of launching or hacking this indicator so that the cpu number could be an option. Is this possible? i.e indicator-cpufreq –core=1 or something…
    Otherwise works as it sais on the box.

    Is it possible in conservative/ondemand modes to set an upper limit on frequency?


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