monitor icon on panel bar does not show traces

Asked by Craig A. Eddy on 2008-04-11

Dell Inspiron 530N
Intel Core Dual 2104 @ 1.6 GHz
Nvidia graphics card, generic driver
Compiz-Fusion not enabled
Kernel 2.6.24-15-generic (Ubuntu 8.04 Beta)

Problem: (Non-critical - Information needed - Possible request for functionality.)
Gnome system monitor added to upper panel in Hardy Heron does not show traces (such as CPU, Network, Hard drive) as it used to (and still does) in Ubuntu 7.10. Right click on the icon and bring up preferences, there is no way to enable/configure such traces.

This functionality has aided me on numerous occasions to understand what's happening to my machine and/or to realize that I had a problem that had to be addressed. Activity in CPU or HD traces have shown me when something was active that I didn't know about, and allowed me to either understand or stop the activity. They have acted as a "first line of defense" to know when the system was locked up, or in an endless loop, or when something was not acting properly. It may be that I'm not doing something right, or that I've missed where the configuration for this is. If so, I would appreciate knowing what I'm doing wrong. If, however, the functionality has been removed, I would request that it be added back in.

Thank you

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In Ubuntu Forums, in discussion with others ( a solution was found. It was suggested that I completely uninstall the gnome-system-monitor (this will also uninstall the ubuntu-desktop meta package) then reinstall it. I did so, including reinstalling the ubuntu-desktop meta package, and the icon worked properly. It would appear that, for whatever reason, the original installation of the gnome-system-monitor during the Hardy Beta installation wasn't as complete as it should have been. There may be something to consider here, but from my point of view the problem was solved.