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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Acer Mini-Tower Issue of Over-Heating

I have been experiencing problems with my Acer L100 mini-tower shutting down unexpectedly. Come to find out, they are built in such a way that makes it prone to over-heating, which would cause it to shut off. So I had the option to either 1) disable the automatic shut off feature, which could really damage the inards of the device, or 2) ship it back to Acer and try a new motherboard. Anyway, to make a long story short, I found this freeware program that monitors your devices temperatures and has the ability to adjust fan speeds to compensate for a hot CPU. It's called Speed Fan. Did I mention it's freeware.

What is SpeedFan

SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info for those hard disks that support this feature and show hard disk temperatures too, if supported. SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB
on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature). At the lowest level, SpeedFan is a hardware monitor software that can access digital temperature sensors, but its main feature is that it can change fan speeds (depending on the capabilities of your sensor chip and your hardware) according to the temperatures inside your pc, thus reducing noise. Several sensors, like Winbond's and the AS99127F support fan speed changing, as well as others from Maxim, Myson, Analog Devices, National Semiconductor and ITE, but the hardware manufacturer must have connected the relevant pins to some additional, yet trivial, circuitry. This means that if you have, say, a Winbond W83782D on a BP6 then you're ok, but not every motherboard with such a hardware . . .

Speed Fan Link

Check out part 2 of my Acer mini-tower issue here.

1 comment:

Jerome said...

Hello !
I experienced exactly the same problem with the same Acer L100... Has this SpeedFan solved your problem ?
Could you post more details?