In order to make sure your computer runs smoothly and that its performance is not affected by the numerous apps you are running, it is recommended to constantly monitor its resources so as to receive proper warning when one of the parameters reaches high levels and take measures before the PC crashes.
For instance, you can use MobileMeter, a tiny tool that displays on your desktop a graph presenting the level of your CPU frequency and the temperature of your hard disk – if you are using this app on a laptop or a notebook, it also displays the charge rate.
In order to run MobileMeter, you simply need to decompress its archive file, then launch the executable. It does not require any installation, so you can be sure it does not leave any registry traces or create any type of shortcuts on your HDD.
You can set it to stay on top of the other apps you may run, modify the dimensions of its window or enable the ‘transparent operation’ feature (its main window is no longer clickable, so you can safely click the items behind it and ignore MobileMeter, even if it is set to be Always on Top). This feature can be deactivated by right-clicking its dedicated icon from the system tray.
The Options window is the place where you can modify the transparency level for MobileMeter or you can activate the ‘Painted Graph’ function, which makes the chart a little bit more artistic. You also get the possibility to disable the graph altogether, leaving MobileMeter to display only the actual values, within a much smaller main window.
Regarding the ACPI Temperature-related settings, you can change the thermal zone and adjust the refresh interval, whereas monitoring the HDD Temperature can be stopped if the host computer is running on batteries (detailed information on the battery can be found in the dedicated tab).
To wrap it up, MobileMeter not only keeps tabs on your computer’s resources, but it also allows for a certain amount of customization to meet every user’s needs. Unfortunately, this application does not run on operating systems newer than XP, so you have a PC that runs Windows 7 or 8, you need to look for another monitoring tool.