I'm running Mint 11 on a laptop with a temperature sensor issue. Linux doesn't always read the sensor and outputs out a value of 0 Celsius, and thus it will never turn the fans on. Normally this would be a problem, but a quick restart usually fixes the problem and the fan will turn on as needed because it's properly reading the data.
Now that you have some relevant information, is there a way to open a terminal and have it run the sensors command every time I start my laptop? I would like to do this because once I know the sensor isn't reading 0, I know it will work at least until I shut down my laptop again. If someone knows of a simpler method, that would be appreciated too. And finally, if this is miscategorized, I'm sorry.