I have an elementary laptop that has an Intel Quad-Core i3-3217U CPU (1.80GHz) processor. I would like to get all four of my processor cores displayed in my Conky. Is there commands for certain info that I need or is it a straightforward thing that I'm overcomplicating? Also if anyone could let me know how to start Conky on boot I would be grateful. I am fairly new to Linux, so the more detailed and novice-friendly the better. Thanks.

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Sorry to tell you but 3217u is a dual core processor. You can see its specifications at: Intel i3 3217u

However you can add some variables to your .conkyrc to see information about your cores. For example, you can add:

${cpu cpuX}

With x=0 to see total CPU usage in percent, and X>=1 to see individual cores.

For more information about conky variables, you can see:

Conky variables

To start conky on boot you can add it in Configuration > Applications > Startup .

  • Thank you :) I always thought it was a dual core but, in system settings it displays 'Processor: Quad-Core Intel® Core™ i3-3217U CPU @ 1.80GHz' which made me think otherwise. I'll have a look into what you wrote though! Commented Sep 5, 2015 at 17:46
  • System settings always show threads instead cores. 3217u has 4 threads.
    – bitseater
    Commented Sep 5, 2015 at 17:49
  • You're welcome. You can voted my answer to help others.
    – bitseater
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 15:10

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