What Is a Asus NB Probe?

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The ASUS NB probe helps you monitor the performance of your ASUS notebook or netbook. It allows you to check whether your machine is operating at its limit or at a safe level. The software also alerts you if the machine nears maximum performance. You can then use this information to find any abnormal processes or problems with your computer.

Functions

  • According to the ASUS NB probe user's guide, the software monitors the central processing unit, hard disk and drive status. In a summary screen, it shows CPU temperature, CPU fan usage and CPU speed. It also displays your hard drive type, the amount of data stored and the amount left on each drive. Separate tabs offer more detailed information about your hard drive and system.

Installation

  • The ASUS site (see References) provides NB probe software to download for free. The software may also be available on the original set-up discs you received with your new ASUS machine. In both cases, the program will guide you through installation in a series of steps. Usually the installed program will be located on your hard drive at: C:\Program Files\Asus\Asus NB Probe.

Compatibility

  • You'll need a machine with at least Windows XP to install the NB probe drivers. The probe won't work properly on Windows 2000 or earlier versions. ASUS machines running Windows 7 64 bit or most machines bought after 2010 use similar software called System Monitor Utility, also available on the ASUS website. ASUS machines only run on Windows; the NB probe isn't compatible with Apple products.

Considerations

  • If you run any other system performance software on your ASUS machine, remove it before installing the NB probe. In some cases, different software may conflict with the probe and cause running problems for both programs. Similarly, ensure you choose the right version for your operating system and download the most recent version to help avoid any glitches.

References

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