Question about Acer Aspire 3050-1733 Notebook
My daughters ACER 3050 suddenly started running the CPU at 90-100% all the time. It was slow to boot up or reboot, the keyboard responded VERY slowly, and basically the computer was useless. The only processes taking lots of CPU time were System idle and NT Kernel. This is odd because when the System idle said it was at 40%, the CPU said it was at 90%.
TO make it short, I finally pulled the battery after noticing the power management was acting weird, flickering between battery and plug-power. This immediately caused the CPU to drop to below 10%.
Would a BIOS flash help?
I contacted Acer about the problem and their solution was to buy a new
battery since the computer was not longer under warranty and they
really didn't know what was going on! In talking with friends, and
checking on-line, the consensus is that laptop batteries don't last
more than two years. You can keep them charged, let them run down,
recharge them frequently: they still will only last about two years.
I just find it hard to believe that Acer has never heard of this problem, especially when I'm reading similar posts on this site.
Anyway, as deviant00 suggested, I got a new battery on Amazon.com for $56. They offered $30 off if I signed up for their credit card. The final cost was $26. The battery came today and the computer works like a charm. I also followed jell587's advice and scanned the computer with the Malware he suggested:no viruses.
The solution for me was buy another battery; expect it to last for a couple of years.
Thanks for all the help.
Posted on Mar 06, 2009
My problem was caused by a faulty battery. Disabling the battery in the windows device manager (thus disabling acpi communications with the device) immediately solves the issue.
Replacing the battery also solves the problem.
Posted on Mar 04, 2009
First thing I would do is download Malware Bytes and run a scan and clean on the system just to make sure the performance problems aren't due to an infection of some sort. Post your results back here.
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
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